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Have cold.stuffy head/runny nose and sore throat.can feel a lymph node on left side of neck which is a little tender. is the node just from the cold?

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Dr. Salim Hayek
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Reactive lymph node: It is not uncommon to have enlargement of one or several lymph nodes around the head and neck area when suffering from an infection such as a cold. The inflamed lymph nodes may increase and fluctuate in size over a few days and be quite painful. They typically become less painful and smaller 1-2 weeks after the infection. Large (> 2 cm) or persistently growing nodes should be evaluated.

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Last updated Dec 13, 2015

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