A 49-year-old member asked:
swollen lymph gland in the left side of my neck and it hurts to swallow, what should i do?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Michael Miller answered
35 years experience Wound care
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.
Answered on Jun 8, 2013
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