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A 42-year-old member asked:

Swollen lymph gland in the left side of my neck and hurts to swallow. what should i do?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 39 years experience
See an ENT or: Your doctor - an ENT is an ear nose and throat doctor. You need to be examined to determine the reason for the swollen gland and get treated.
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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 46 years experience
SEE YOUR DOC: You need to be examined by your physician to see if it is actually a lymph node or a gland. If it is a lymph node then the cause of the inflamed node must be found and treated.
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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.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

Swollen lymph gland in the left side of my neck and hurts to swallow, cause?

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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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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