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A 49-year-old female asked:

painful cervical lymph nodes what could cause this?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Likely infection: This could be a viral or bacterial infection. If your pain is increasing, not resolving or accompanied by fever, you should consult your doctor.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

What are possiblities if have swollen painful cervical lymph nodes?

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Dr. Michael Miller
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 Jun 24, 2015

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