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A 37-year-old female asked:

Dr. put me on antibiotics for my swollen lymphnodes he thinks a spider bite me, how long does it take for my nodes to go down, before im concerned?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Stop antibiotic: First determine what you have in your neck. If the dr says it was a spider, he has no clue. Go to a dr of internal medicine.
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.

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Last updated Dec 2, 2016

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