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A 32-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of your groin lymph nodes to become swollen?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

I have a swollen groin lymph node, please help!?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is a swollen groin lymph node?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Lump in the groin: Usually this is from an infection in the pelvis or lower extremity. Lymph nodes swell up in response to infection.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Painful swollen right side groin lymph nodes?

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Dr. Daniel Lee
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Nearby infection: Painful swollen lymph nodes on one side may often suggest that you have a nearby infection on that side. It should resolve when the infection goes away. The swollen lymph node suggests that your body is working to fight infection.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What should I do about potential swollen lymph node in groin area?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Check source: If nodes appear swollen, check for possible origin such as a skin lesion on the legs or lower abdomen. Also in females a vaginal lesion must be ruled out as well as perianal growth. If nothing found glands are to be watched. If the become more numerous, larger or firmer then biopsy indicated.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How long does a groin lymph node stay swollen after a bug bite?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Big enough: 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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