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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Emergency Medicine 49 years experience
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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.
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Last updated May 22, 2014
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