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A 22-year-old male asked:

Can bad infection cause cervical lymph nodes swell?having sore throat,runny nose lot of cough and ear pain for 20 days.node is tender and painful.

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Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 46 years experience
Yes: Respiratory infections can be associated with lymph node swelling. It is usually along the anterior neck and both sides. Lymph node swelling that is more posterior may be associated with mono. Lymph nodes themselves may become infected so if 1 or 2 are larger, red or very tender, this is a possibility. All the best and be examined for any concerns.
Last updated Sep 27, 2015

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