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Can Lymph Nodes Feel Bigger Than They Are
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more
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
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
My lymph nodes seem big under my jaw you can't see them, they don't pop out but I can feel them under skin, there soft and bouncy what's wrong?
Submandibular glands: May be your submandibular glands. See your MD or oral surgeon to confirm normal structures. ...Read more
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
Are lymph nodes in back of head more palpable in toddlers than big kids? My 2 yo has about 3 on each side. 2 are small, 1 pea size or bigger, normal?
Can be normal: Small, mobile, pea or peanut sized.Get a more detailed answer ›
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?
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
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
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?
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
How big are lymph nodes supposed to be near jaw under tongue area? And should they be moveable with your finger?
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?
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
I feel lymph nodes in the supraclavicular area, both sides, neither the ultrasound nor CT scan showed them, but I feel them and feel them big, is ther?
Lymph nodes: You should be examined by a doctor, and ask about a biopsy to determine the nature of the lymph nodes. ...Read more
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?
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?
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
Have mono, but my lymph nodes have been swollen for about 2 weeks and are enlarging. Should i be concerned? The salivary gland is as big as golf ball.
See your doctor: Follow up with your doctor and have them check you out since it is getting worse. Also, get plenty of rest. ...Read more
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