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Causes Of Swollen Lymph Nodes In The Neck
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Whats the main cause of swollen lymph nodes in your neck? Im 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 or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more
Many: Most common cause is a nearby infection or irritation causing the lymph nodes to enlarge, such as cold, flu, sore throat, ear ache, or dental/tooth problems. Sometimes scalp irritation can also cause enlarged cervical lymph nodes. Less common is lymphoma. Would need to see your doctor if the lymph nodes persist and do not resolve. ...Read more
Not likely: A swollen lymph gland in the neck would not be related to ingested food, but would be secondarily caused by infection/inflammation somewhere in that region as a rule. If that swollen node doesn't recede after a couple of weeks,if it enlarges or if other new nodes appear, consult your physician for evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Infection to tumor: The dx of swollen lymph nodes in neck depends on size, location and symptoms of pain. In upper neck 2 nodes can represent spread of throat infection to ear, spread from parotid gland. In mid neck tumor can arise from metastatic thyroid and in supraclavicular fossa , an upward spread from lungs. Biopsy if persistent or enlarging can show lymphoma, infection or tumor metastatic tumor. ...Read more
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