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A 33-year-old female asked:

Was rather obsessively checking my breasts & armpits for lumps - now i can feel what i think is a small lymph node. could i have caused it to enlarge?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Unlikely: Do not check it more often than once in two weeks. If it doubles in size or other lymph nodes get larger, see doctor. For good health - If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex.

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Last updated Sep 16, 2016

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