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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Cold Sore (Definition)

Also referred to as fever blisters, cold sores are small, painful fluid-filled blisters that are usually found around the lips. Cold sores are very contagious and can be spread by mouth to mouth contact and can spread to the genitalia and cause genital ...Read more


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Can a cold sore cause extreme fatigue and swollen lymph nodes?

Can a cold sore cause extreme fatigue and swollen lymph nodes?

Cause/Effect: It is likely that an illness -- such as a viral illness is causing the cold sore, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. So the cold sore is an effect not a cause. If it persists or worsens, see your physician. ...Read more

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Had a cold sore and a moderately swollen lymph node pop up a day or two ago. Lymph node is about the size of small marble. Tender too. Overall I feel great though. Thoughts? Normal? I have read that it is common to get swollen lymph nodes with/herpes

Had a cold sore and a moderately swollen lymph node pop up a day or two ago. Lymph node is about the size of small marble. Tender too. Overall I feel great though. Thoughts? Normal? I have read that it is common to get swollen lymph nodes with/herpes

Keep watch: A local lymph node usually gets large with primary herpes infection, which is what you may have had. Watch the lymph node and assess its size every week. If it doubles in size, other lymph nodes become larger, you get fever or the node becomes painful, it would be prudent to consult a doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I've had these following symptoms for the past 4 days: fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, a cold sore on the left side of my mouth?

Infection: Sounds like an upper respiratory infection. The cold sore is a viral infection but your swollen nodes and sore throat and fever may be a bacterial infection such as strep. Go see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can a swollen lymph node cause earache and jaw pain? I have a swollen lynlh node due to cold sores and am experiencing both those things

Can a swollen lymph node cause earache and jaw pain? I have a swollen lynlh node due to cold sores and am experiencing both those things

Cold sores/jaw pain: Yes, both can occur. Your body is fighting an infection. Locally and regionally. Part of this is the inflamatory response which causes swelling soreness in the area.
Seek a professional that can help treat the infection and give you some palative relief. ...Read more

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Cold sore on tongue caused a swollen lymph node under jaw. No longer painful but lymph node stayed and it won't go down. Is the lymph node a problem?

Cold sore on tongue caused a swollen lymph node under jaw. No longer painful but lymph node stayed and it won't go down. Is the lymph node a problem?

Not necessarily: You could watch and wait. If the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, you should see a doctor.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Does having a cold cause swollen lymph nodes in your neck?

Does having a cold cause swollen lymph nodes in your neck?

Yes.: This is probably the most common cause of enlarged lymph nodes in the neck. After a patient recovers from the uri, the lymph nodes should cease to enlarge, and then gradually shrink down to their normal size (this sometimes can take 4-6 weeks). If the lymph nodes do not follow this pattern, then you may need further evaluation. ...Read more

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What types of things (besides colds) cause swollen lymph nodes under the jaw bone?

What types of things (besides colds) cause swollen lymph nodes under the jaw bone?

Usually some: Type of infection, in mouth, gums, salivary gland, mononcucleosis, tuberculosis, etc. Less commonly, disorders of the lymphatic system, such as lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, sarcoidosis. Even less commonly, metastatic cancer from thyroid, lung, breast, etc. If it persists, you should get a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What's the main cause of swollen lymph nodes in your neck? I'm just getting over a cold and recently it hurts on right side when I swallow. Get checked?

What's the main cause of swollen lymph nodes in your neck? I'm just getting over a cold and recently it hurts on right side when I swallow. Get checked?

Dr. Can check throat: Throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node with cold sore and ear pain. Recent oral surgery2 weeks ago. Dentists says possible staph. How do I know if its staph or fev bl?

Swollen lymph node with cold sore and ear pain. Recent oral surgery2 weeks ago. Dentists says possible staph. How do I know if its staph or fev bl?

Probably infection: A swollen lymphnode is indicative of an in fection. It could be staph or some other microorganism. See the person who did the surgery and an antibiotic should be in order. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes around the aorta?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes around the aorta?

Nodes: Lots of things can cause enlarged lymph nodes. Generally the ones around the aorta would be enlarged because of processes in the body below their level such as the pelvis or lower extremities. This is not a firm rule however as some systemic problems can also cause it. ...Read more

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What cancers cause swollen lymph nodes?

What cancers cause swollen lymph nodes?

Many can: Non-hodgkin's lymphoma and hodgkin's lymphoma commonly cause swelling of lymph nodes.

But any cancer that spreads to a lymph node can cause swelling of the involved lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can metformin cause swollen lymph nodes?

Can metformin cause swollen lymph nodes?

No: I have never heard of that happening with metformin. See your doctor for an evaluation of the swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes in lungs?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes in lungs?

A number of things: Infections, malignancy, and autoimmune diseases can all cause swollen lymph nodes in the lungs. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen lymph nodes in my groin?

What could cause swollen lymph nodes in my groin?

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. ...Read more

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Could poor oral hygiene cause swollen lymph nodes?

Could poor oral hygiene cause swollen lymph nodes?

Definitely: Swollen lymph nodes are one of the body's chief ways to ward off disease from infection, tumors, etc. Small lymph vessels connect each node like a string of pearls trapping cellular debris and fluid to be filtered, drained, and diseases destroyed by this lymphatic system located everywhere throughout the body. Poor oral hygiene can lead to infection which drains to the nearby lymph nodes. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes in armpits and neck?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes in armpits and neck?

Inflammation: Any inflammation, even dandruff in the area drained by the lymph node can result in enlargement. You may feel the node every couple of weeks, if the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Can a spider bite cause swollen lymph nodes thru my body?

Can a spider bite cause swollen lymph nodes thru my body?

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. ...Read more

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Can a cough cause swollen lymph nodes in supraclaviclar area?

Can a cough cause swollen lymph nodes in supraclaviclar area?

No: A cough per se doesn't cause a swollen lymph node in this area. You need to see your physician to work up this cough and the supraclavicular lymph node. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes in groin/neck?

It depends: We need to know more. How long have you had these nodes and what is their size? Are they increasing in size? If they are bigger than 2 Cm and increasing in size in 1 to 2 months, you need to be examined by a physician. If the nodes are suspicious for Cancer, a biopsy is the best way to find out or exclude Cancer as the cause. Infections can also cause swelling of lymph nodes (Tender to touch) ...Read more

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What could cause swollen lymph nodes in groin and back pain?

Hard to say: There are several possible cause of such symptoms. The best approach is to see your doctor for a complete exam. They may wish to get a ct scan depending on the results of the findings on exam. ...Read more

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Can a sore in the nose cause swollen lymph nodes?

Not usually: Look for another reason for swollen lymph nodes and consult your physician. ...Read more

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Can teething cause swollen lymph nodes?

Possibly: It's not common for teething to cause swollen lymph nodes but it is possible. Have child checked by a physician to rule out other possibilities. ...Read more

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Can psoriasis cause swollen lymph nodes?

Possibly: Lymph nodes enlarge as a reaction to inflammation so if the skin inflammation is significant then enlargement can occur. ...Read more

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Can gingivtis cause swollen lymph nodes on both sides?

Sure: Gingivitis is caused by bacteria, it's an infection. And the lymph nodes in the neck are scavengers for anything coming from your mouth. Too much bacteria, and they too get inflammed. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands = inflamed lymph nodes (doesn't actually ...Read more