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Swollen lymph gland in the left side of my neck and hurts to swallow, cause?

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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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A 42-year-old member asked:

Swollen lymph gland in the left side of my neck and hurts to swallow. What should I do?

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Dr. David Schneider
Dentistry 38 years experience
See an ENT or: Your doctor - an ENT is an ear nose and throat doctor. You need to be examined to determine the reason for the swollen gland and get treated.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Swollen lymph gland in the left side of my neck and hurts to swallow, cause?

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.

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Last updated Nov 7, 2019

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