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A 21-year-old female asked:

3 neck glands swollen on my right side. no pain, but a lot of drainage and occasional stuffy nose. sinus infection or viral infection?

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Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine 45 years experience
Could be either, or?: You are correct in presuming that typically swollen lymph nodes are due to an infection nearby. Bacterial infections may be more likely to cause this than viral, but both can do it. Laryngeal/throat infection more likely to cause than higher up sinuses. Watch these glands. If they don't resolve in 2-3 weeks, have your doctor examine you. Sometimes enlarged lymph nodes are tumor, not infection.
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
True, and sometimes palpable lymph nodes persist with no active residual infection
May 30, 2015

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