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Doctor insights on: Can Lymph Nodes Feel Bigger Than They Are

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How big should lymph nodes normally be?

How big should lymph nodes normally be?

Usually not felt: 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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When it comes to lymph nodes how big is bad. Like lymphoma?

When it comes to lymph nodes how big is bad. Like lymphoma?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes enlarge as a result of their normal activity in aiding in immunity, but may also enlarge because of malignancy of the lymphatics or extension of other cancers to the lymph nodes. When cancerous they are often hard to touch, fixed to underlying tissues, not tender. The best answer however, is that if concerned, they may need to be biopsied for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have had big lymph nodes throughout my body all my life what does that mean?

I have had big lymph nodes throughout my body all my life what does that mean?

Don't worry too much: If your lymph nodes have truly been "big" your whole life and all over your body, and you don't get sick more than other people, this is probably normal for your body. But, if your lymph nodes have recently started getting bigger or feel sore/tender, or if you tend to get sick more easily than other people, you should have a complete physical to look for problems with your blood & immune system. ...Read more

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If lymph nodes were enlarged due to lymphoma how big would they be after a year? How fast do they grow? Would there be sypmtoms after a year?

Good questions: There are different kinds of lymphoma with very different behaviors. Some are terribly aggressive and the nodes can double in size in a few days whereas others are very indolent and may remain unchanged for months or years. Same applies for symptoms, the most common of which is just an enlarged node. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes swollen in neck, hard, not big and im not sick. What is this?

Lymph nodes swollen in neck, hard, not big and im not sick. What is this?

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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How big would lymph nodes grow in hiv? Can I feel it? Which lymph nodes are commonly inflamed?

How big would lymph nodes grow in hiv? Can I feel it? Which lymph nodes are commonly inflamed?

Highly variable: If you think you might have HIV disease you should go and be tested asap. The size of lymph nodes and their location may have nothing whatever to do with the cause. Please do not delay in seeing a doctor if this is what you suspect. The earlier you are treated the better the likely outcome. ...Read more

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How big do lymph nodes have to be to raise a concern on a toddler? Just occipital in particular.

How big do lymph nodes have to be to raise a concern on a toddler? Just occipital in particular.

Dont worry: Occipital lymph node enlargement is very common in young children. They tend to be associated with infections on the scalp or inflammation on the scalp caused by infection or tight hair braiding. Give them a few weeks to resolve. If they are red and tender, I would seek medical care. ...Read more

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I've been always able to feel my armpit lymph nodes, they are smaller than 1cm none of them is big im underw8, movable. Is this normal?

I've been always able to feel my armpit lymph nodes, they are smaller than 1cm none of them is big im underw8, movable. Is this normal?

Yes: Thin people can easily feel their axillary nodes. Search ur neck and other areas & u will probably find more. ...Read more

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Big bite started as a bite with red line extending away. Turning into swollen bump and lymph nodes in the area swollen as well. Is this a concern?

Big bite started as a bite with red line extending away.  Turning into swollen bump and lymph nodes in the area swollen as well.  Is this a concern?

You Need Med-checkup: If you have a "swollen Bump" and enlarged lymph nodes, you likely have infection in this area. Infections require proper Antibiotics prescribed which will require a visit to see a physician. Do it soon before the infection spreads into your body and cause serious trouble. ...Read more

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Is it possible that herpes could cause a big painless node(s) in the groin or are herpes lymph nodes always going to be tender/painful?3 day aftersex

Is it possible that herpes could cause a big painless node(s) in the groin or are herpes lymph nodes always going to be tender/painful?3 day aftersex

Thoughts: Typically, if you first get infected with herpes, small sores, scabs and itching occur first and then the virus lays dormant for years. That presentation sounds more like an infected follicle which you could use bacitracin for. See your doctor or someone with an infectious disease background and be examined. You can check a blood test to rule out exposure if really concerned. ...Read more

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I have had swollen glands in my neck and pelvic area since March and I’m not sure if it’s a cause for concern. The lymph nodes arent very big.

I have had swollen glands in my neck and pelvic area since March and I’m not sure if it’s a cause for concern. The lymph nodes arent very big.

Watch and wait: If you do not have any symptoms you may watch and wait. You may feel the nodes every couple of weeks, if any of the lymph glands doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, or lose weight, 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, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Lymphoma--what exactly are non-tender lymph nodes and how big do they get?

Nodes are: Distributed throughout the body. The neck, armpit, and groin are the easiest to see and feel. We all have heard that the sore throat "caused teh glands to swell" and these hurt. Lymphomas are caused by abnormal gene rearrangements in cells composing the regions of a node. One of the features is bcl-2, which prevents dissolving of unnecessary cells (antiapoptosis). These nodes can grow quite larg. ...Read more

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I have a big knot the size of a golf ball on my left cheek. Been there for 3 years. Are there lymph nodes in the cheek?

I have a big knot the size of a golf ball on my left cheek. Been there for 3 years. Are there lymph nodes in the cheek?

There are: So called buccal node but they are rarely ever that prominent. Is this "golf ball" right in the middle of the cheek or back by your ear? Nonetheless, you need to have this evaluated as it's not normal for any lymph node to be the size of a golf ball. ...Read more

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I've had two palpable cervical lymph nodes in my neck for 3 years, they are mobile and squishy but a big bigger than a CM doctors say they're ok?

Consider evaluation: There are several possible explanations. A history and examination with preliminary laboratory work is a good start. If your md has done this, it may be reaso able to observe for now. However, if not resolving in the best few weeks an ENT examination may be in order. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes swollen from a mosquito bite (groin) got smaller, but now with no cause it seems they're swollen in a row with a big one. What's happening?

Lymph nodes swollen from a mosquito bite (groin) got smaller, but now with no cause it seems they're swollen in a row with a big one. What's happening?

See doctor: If the lymph nodes start to get larger, it may signal an infection. Best to consult a doctor. To get this checked out to make sure that they are even related to the mosquito bite which rarely causes lymph node enlargement. ...Read more

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Can you guys tell me how big are swollen lymph nodes that are cancerous?

Can you guys tell me how big are swollen lymph nodes that are cancerous?

Size is Size: 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 regardless of the cause. ...Read more

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Cervical lymph nodes enlarged overnight a few weeks ago-with Fever chills. Have gone down somewhat but R node still pretty big. Why one big?

Cervical lymph nodes enlarged overnight a few weeks ago-with Fever chills. Have gone down somewhat but R node still pretty big. Why one big?

Lymph node: Lymph nodes usually suddenly grow in size because the are reacting to a local infection, in your cause the throat, the ear, or the sinus. Also, the lymph node can itself become infected. This is called cervical lymphadenitis and it is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mono at the beginning of April. I had many swollen lymph nodes and most of them went down, but there is a big one on the right si?

Below: The Best advice is to recheck with your DR whom you have been seeing.

They have your full medical history and will be able to give you correct information. ...Read more

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I have experienced enlarged lymph nodes (big one left groin) after exercising a lot and I'm doing the dukan diet. Could this have something to do?

I have experienced enlarged lymph nodes (big one left groin) after exercising a lot and I'm doing the dukan diet. Could this have something to do?

No: A diet will not cause enlarged lymph node. In groin there are several palpable lymph nodes. Significant size increase needs evaluation. In this area is also where hernias occur. Stop exercising until you have doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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1 1/2 year old had a CBC b/c of big lymph nodes. His results: lymph 71% neut 19% mono 9%. Absolutes in range. Had a bad virus 2 weeks before. Normal?

1 1/2 year old had a CBC b/c of big lymph nodes. His results: lymph 71% neut 19% mono 9%. Absolutes in range. Had a bad virus 2 weeks before. Normal?

Yes: The spread of cell types in that count is normal. Most reactive lymph nodes will begin to return to normal size in 3-4 weeks unless a new factor comes along to stimulate them. ...Read more

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Doctor thinks lymph nodes in groin area are big for my body however I'm a skinny girl with high metabolism now I'm afraid. Could I have Hodgkin's?

Doctor thinks lymph nodes in groin area are big for my body however I'm a skinny girl with high metabolism now I'm afraid. Could I have Hodgkin's?

Second opinion: Hodgkin is usually in the chest and not the groin.

But best to double check with your doc or see a second opinion.

No reason to wait and be worried.

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Hi, I'm about to have blood tests, worried. I have lots of swollen lymph nodes (not big) and have been feeling disoriented + weak for a while?

Hi, I'm about to have blood tests, worried. I have lots of swollen lymph nodes (not big) and have been feeling disoriented + weak for a while?

Bloodwork: Sorry to hear that, but not sure what to do at this time besides to encourage you to go forth and do the bloodwork. If negative, it'll be a great relief! ...Read more