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A 16-year-old member asked:

i have multiple lumps/bumps under my jaw and/or upper neck. they don't hurt and move pretty easily. are these lumps normal?

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Dr. Daniel Schainholz
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
Lymph nodes?: Enlargement of the lymph nodes, under the jaw and in the neck can be a simple as a viral infection, but see a head and neck surgeon for a biopsy, since a lymphoma can present this way too. Do not ignore this symptom, since it can be the first sign of more ominous disease.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to be able to feel lymph nodes in your neck. They do not hurt and I am not sick. I can feel them on both sides under my jaw if I push in ?

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Dr. Stephen Scholand
Infectious Disease 23 years experience
Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes are all over the body -good because we 'need' these little garrisons where the 'troops' are waiting to go out and fight infections for us. Lymph nodes are where the immune system works locally to 'react' to something - such as a recent sore throat, a dental problem, or God forbid something more serious including cancer. Definitely let a doc check these out for you if you have questions
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A 22-year-old female asked:

How can I tell if my lymph nodes (neck/jaw area) are swollen? Do they hurt?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
An inflammatory : or infectious (inflammatory by definition) will result in mild to moderate tenderness and variable enlargement of lymph nodes in a certain region. On the other hand, MOST non tender, enlarged, unilateral (one sided) lymph nodes indicate a malignancy MOST of the time. Keep in mind I said "most" not ALL. Depending upon your BMI if one is very thin, lymph nodes of normal size may be palpable.

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