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Cedar Rapids, IA
A 28-year-old male asked:

I seem to have a swollen lymph node(s) in my neck. if i turn my head it aches. if i swallow it hurts a little. should i see my doctor?

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Dr. Thomas Rayson
Pathology 31 years experience
Wait three weeks: This is probably a benign swollen lymph node from an infection perhaps a virus or skin infection it is less likely to be lymphoma or tumor. However if it persists for more than three weeks you should see your doctor.
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 38 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 Apr 29, 2018


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