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my lymph-node in my neck has been enlarged for over a year. should i be concerned?

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Dr. Andrew Lipton
Holistic Medicine 30 years experience
Nodes: yes it can be, lymph nodes respond to infections, and sometimes stay enlarged for a long time. If you are developing new node or have pain seek medical attention

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What can I do about a swollen lymph node in my neck?

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Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Viral? strep? : Important to differentiate as to whether the node is painful or not. How large is the node? How long has it been present for? Which nodes are we taking about? Unilateral or bilateral? Having your doctor take a feel of the node and conducting a directed history can be most helpful.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have an enlarged lymph node in my neck. Is it normal?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It depends on the si: Small neck nodes are normal. So the size matters. If the node is 1 cm or larger, watch it and note down if it is growing in size. If it grows bigger than one centimeter, then i would advise you to get yourself examined by an ENT doctor or go see your family doctor first.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have one swollen lymph node in my neck. I believe it is cpuld be the cause for this one lymph node doing this?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Can someone tell me what I should do? My lymph-node in my neck has been enlarged for over a year is that bad?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Benda, jr
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 34 years experience
What size?: A lump we can feel we will always take seriously. It is not unusual to have small lymph node we can feel in the back of the neck, behind the big muscle there we call the Sternocleidomastoid. Some lumps are supposed to be there, like a saliva gland. If it's bigger than a pea or growing , go see your doctor, or an ENT, they will do an exam and help decide if this needs further treatment.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me why my lymph-node in my neck has been enlarged for over a year and if that is bad?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Lymph Node: You could have swollen lymph nodes. However the swollen lymph nodes suggest an inflammatory or infectious process happening in your body. Since this has not resolved I would seek medical evaluation to determine why you have swollen lymph nodes and why its bothering you. Hard to know how it affects you without evaluation.

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