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Could swollen lymph nodes in my armpits be linked to early pregnancy symptoms?

Could swollen lymph nodes in my armpits be linked to early pregnancy symptoms?

DDx: Swollen lymph nodes (ln) can come from a variety of causes. In medicine we call this a differential diagnosis (ddx). A large ddx is here: http://www.Mayoclinicproceedings.Org/article/s0025-6196(11)64620-x/fulltext - there is a need to evaluate: patient age, ln location, duration of symptoms (sx), other local (eg sore throat) & systemic sx (eg enlarged spleen). ...Read more

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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...Read more


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Can swollen lymph nodes be sign of pregnancy?

Can swollen lymph nodes be sign of pregnancy?

Not usually: 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. ...Read more

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I still haven't started my, period yet & I have what feels 2 b swollen lymph nodes, on sides of both breast with a few early pregnant sympt. Whts happening?

I still haven't started my, period yet & I have what feels 2 b swollen lymph nodes, on sides of both breast with a few early pregnant sympt. Whts happening?

Premenstrual: Sounds like premenstrual changes of increased hormonal levels. Could be early pregnancy signs as well. Get a test and monitor symptoms. See a gyn specialist if any persistent pain. ...Read more

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Are swollen lymph nodes a sure sign of HIV infection?

Are swollen lymph nodes a sure sign of HIV infection?

Could be...: ....But also of many other serious and non-serious medical conditions. If you have persistently enlarged nodes, especially if you have reasons to believe you may be HIV positive, i encourage you to visit your doc right away. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have painful swollen lymph nodes under my arm pits and along the sides of my breasts. Should i worry? They have been this way for four weeks. I have no other signs of infection. They are really painful. Could it be cancer?

Swollen : Swollen lymph nodes can be a sign of the body fighting local infection, but can also be a sign of a tumor - or cancer- growth in some circumstances. If glands are swollen on both sides of your body, and are uncomfortable or painful, this makes infection a much more likely cause. Skin infections, in the pores and hair follicles ("folliculitis") can cause local infection from common bacteria that are on our skin, and the body will frequently fight this off and resolve it on it's own. Nonetheless swollen lymph glands should be evaluated by your health provider whenever they last more than a few days: only with a complete history and examination can it be determined if you need treatment for an infection (sometimes w/ topical antibiotics on the skin, sometimes oral antibiotic medication), or if more investigation is necessary to determine the cause of the swollen glands. ...Read more

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What could swollen lymph nodes and sore throat be a sign of?

What could swollen lymph nodes and sore throat be a sign of?

Check for strep: One key thing not to miss for a new sore throat with lymph node swelling is strep throat. It can present without fever or white patches, especially in adults. It will go away without treatment, but then you may develop rheumatic heart disease or other complications if it is not treated within 10 days from the start of symptoms. So get a rapid strep test (70-90% acc.) and/or culture (100% accurate ...Read more

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Sore throat for 1 week. Started 2 weeks ago with dry/tickle like cough. Swollen lymph nodes and only sore in pm/early am hrs before/after sleep.?

Many possibilities: The set of symptoms you are describing could be due to many different illnesses with many different causes. If this does not clear up quickl;y a visit to a doctor may be in order. ...Read more

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Purple like ulcer on the left side of the throat. Hurts a little on that side when i swallow. No fever no swollen lymph nodes. HIV test neg Apr 14 no partners since then, is that a sign of HIV?

Purple like ulcer on the left side of the throat. Hurts a little on that side when i swallow. No fever no swollen lymph nodes.  HIV test neg Apr 14 no partners since then, is that a sign of HIV?

HIV: Without seeing this ulcer it is impossible to diagnose, but if you have had potential exposure to HIV would strongly suggest you see a clinic or doctor with experience in this area and be tested aggressively. Best wishes for a negative outcome. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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