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A 25-year-old female asked:

I have very painful swollen glands on my jaw, in front of my ear, and my lymph nodes behin my ear and neck are swollen and extremely painful. i have seen a doctor and i was told that my body is fighting infection, but i don't have any other signs. could t

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Dr. Eugene Saltzberg
Emergency Medicine 50 years experience
Need lab studies: Mono? Other illness with lymphadenopathy?
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 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.
Last updated May 22, 2014

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