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Do swollen lymph nodes hurt? I have a marble sized bump on the back of my neck right above the hairline. It is also hard. What could it be?

Do swollen lymph nodes hurt? I have a marble sized bump on the back of my neck right above the hairline. It is also hard. What could it be?

Sometimes: Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things. They range from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tumors) to serious. Your doctor, after doing a history and physical exam can help you and recommend a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes in my neck for over 9 months. Now when I drink they swell more and hurt. What could this be?

I have had swollen lymph nodes in my neck for over 9 months. Now when I drink they swell more and hurt. What could this be?

See a doctor.: Persistent lymph node swelling associated with other symptoms can be serious. The peculiar symptoms that occur with drinking could be hodgkin lymphoma. Other less serious causes could be the reason, but given what you describe you need to see a physician. The prognosis for hl is usually excellent but you need to get this taken care of. ...Read more

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What causes recurring rash? Dry, flakey sometimes purple bluish color, doesn't itch or hurt. Goin on for a yr nostly where swollen lymph nodes are

What causes recurring rash? Dry, flakey sometimes purple bluish color, doesn't itch or hurt. Goin on for a yr nostly where swollen lymph nodes are

Rashes: I wish I could give you a definitive answer, but unfortunately rashes are basically impossible to diagnose over the computer. Best for you to see a dermatologist who specializes in skin disorders since this has been going on for a year now. Good luck. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have a swollen lymph nodes and your jaw hurts?

What exactly does it mean when you have a swollen lymph nodes and your jaw hurts?

Typically indicates: Some sort of infection. Best to be seen by your pcp. Hope this helps. ...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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Tested neg for HIV at 4 weeks, now 6 months later I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck that mildly hurt when touched. Do I have hiv? Partner testd ng

Impossible: First we would never, ever guess about HIV. Having swollen lymph nodes does not in any way diagnose one as being HIV positive. Second, you did not test correctly for HIV and the test you report was a complete and absolutely invalid test. It was done two months too soon. Because of this you must do another HIV test. At six months the results will be valid. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes that are under my arm pit and legs that hurt. Is this normal or not?

I have swollen lymph nodes that are under my arm pit and legs that hurt. Is this normal or not?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Pain also usually means infection and not cancer. If bacterial in origin, then antibiotics may help. If it persists beyond a month, you should see someone who can evaluate it with a needle aspiration bx or similar diagnostic procedure. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes on the side of my neck and behind ear. Some of them hurt. I have had them for a month. Is this serious?

I have swollen lymph nodes on the side of my neck and behind ear. Some of them hurt. I have had them for a month. Is this serious?

Likely benign, but: The neck is a very common place for mild lymph node enlargements. We do about 5-6 lymph node biopsies a day-from the neck-and most of them are benign. However if rapid growth is noted, or if bigger than 3cm, or if other symptoms develop you need to have it checked. The most common cause of enlarged lymph nodes in the neck are a viral illness, a dental infection, skin infection and "other". ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes, my wbc is 13.4, neutron 83.5, lymph 9.0, and neutron abs 11.16.... the ER said I was fine. My whole body hurts. What now??

I have swollen lymph nodes, my wbc is 13.4, neutron 83.5, lymph 9.0, and neutron abs 11.16.... the ER said I was fine. My whole body hurts. What now??

Get diagnosis. No ER: The ER doctor probably said, "you don't have an emergency". It's true. With numbers like this, you most likely have a viral infection. But that depends on the number, size, & location of the swollen lymph nodes that you point out. Talk to your regular doctor or use HealthTap Prime to find a diagnosis. Don't attempt to play doctor yourself. If nodes are large enough, biopsy can be done to help out ...Read more

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What is going on with my lip?! It hurts so bad and there is a lot of other things going on in my mouth and everything is swollen.&Swollen lymph nodes

What is going on with my lip?! It hurts so bad and there is a lot of other things going on in my mouth and everything is swollen.&Swollen lymph nodes

See Dentist: See the Dentist ASAP. If what you are describing involves painful areas all inside your mouth and you feel sluggish, cranky, and it hurts to eat, and the little points between your teeth are flattening out, and you have a fever, then get in right away. These are symptoms for ANUG or trenchmouth. May also be primary herpes. Get in there to be seen. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Periodic swollen lymph nodes under armpit. Tender to touch. Very small, can barely feel but it does hurt. 3rd occurrence. Different arms.?

Periodic swollen lymph nodes under armpit. Tender to touch. Very small, can barely feel but it does hurt. 3rd occurrence. Different arms.?

Hidradenitis: Periodic swelling of glands in arm pit would be more clearly defined especially with relationship to causative factors such as a primary site of inflammation spreading to nodes. Also recurrence appearing at random at different sites and with glands so small they are difficult to palpate. Appears more likely to be inflammation of sweat glands in armpit possibly secondary to shaving. ...Read more

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Male. Swollen lymph nodes under both armpits, one hurts, one doesn't. Head cold symptoms. Otherwise, no fever, no other symptoms. Unprotectedoral sx?

Male. Swollen lymph nodes under both armpits, one hurts, one doesn't. Head cold symptoms. Otherwise, no fever, no other symptoms. Unprotectedoral sx?

Nodes: Please see your doctor. He/she will ask you a few questions, examine you, and order lab tests.
Examining your lymph nodes is critical.
Whether or not the doctor (s) will do anything to the nodules is not certain.

Hope all goes well - please keep me informed. ...Read more

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What could be other reason for swollen lymph nodes in arms, other than hiv, flu or being hurt. Please advise?

Many: Enlarged lymph nodes often indicate an immune response to a foreign invaders (viral, bacteria etc) and are not specific for any disease. If persistent, they may indicate the presence of leukemia or lymphoma as well. ...Read more

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I have a huge spot of swollen lymph nodes on my left arm just below the elbow on the thin side of hand. This has hurt and been achy since yesterday.

Should be seen by MD: Achy, painful swelling in forearm most likely from bite, bruise, or infection. Suspect insect bite or sting, cat scratch, or injury. Other rare possibilities. Worry if red, shiny top, soft center, fever, chill, or streak. Would have a health care professional examine it in next 24 hours. OK to take acetaminophen. Probably not serious, but best to be careful. ...Read more

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Had a cold with runny nose, wet cough, swollen lymph nodes in neck, lasted 2-3 months...was months ago but lymph nodes never went down and still hurt?

Had a cold with runny nose, wet cough, swollen lymph nodes in neck, lasted 2-3 months...was months ago but lymph nodes never went down and still hurt?

Lymphnodes: This can be common, as often the nodes may get blocked and stay enlarged for quite some time. See your Dr. For an eval and eventually if they do not decrease with treatment advice form your dr. You may need testing and further eval of the nodes. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes for over year. Now my tounge and roof of mouth hurts. I have a sore on roof of mouth. My ears also hurt?

I've had swollen lymph nodes for over year. Now my tounge and roof of mouth hurts. I have a sore on roof of mouth. My ears also hurt?

Active/swollen nodes: Aka lymphadenopathy, that have been symptomatic for a year suggest a chronic problem w infection or systemic issues. This is not normal. Get to your otolaryngologist or oral surgeon asap. Very important that you be examined and find the source of this long standing issue. ...Read more

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I found a rock hard lump behind my ear today. It doesn't hurt, or itch. I have had a few swollen lymph nodes around my arms and legs lately. Related?

I found a rock hard lump behind my ear today. It doesn't hurt, or itch. I have had a few swollen lymph nodes around my arms and legs lately. Related?

Go to your Doctor: Hard lymph nodes are suspect. They should be checked by your doctor who may consider a biopsy and run other tests to find out the cause. Watch and see if the lymph nodes/or the hard mass is growing in size which makes them suspect for a more serious condition than otherwise. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes for over 8 months in my neck n collar bone and have emphysema COPD. They dnt hurt. Doc sending me to ENT. Shld I be worried?

I have swollen lymph nodes for over 8 months in my neck n collar bone and have emphysema COPD. They dnt hurt. Doc sending me to ENT. Shld I be worried?

Swollen lymph node: A persistently swollen node is concerning and needs to be worked up. Your ENT will likely order a biopsy (FNA, fine needle or open). It is important to understand what process is going on. A pathologist will review your biopsy and hopefully provide answers. ...Read more

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What are swollen lymph nodes?

What are swollen lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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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Are swollen lymph nodes visible?

Are swollen lymph nodes visible?

Lymph nodes: Not always. Imaging studies like ct scan or MRI often find enlarged lymph nodes that are not palpable. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in wide pipe?

Wind pipe, u mean?: Enlarged nodes in the chest can be the result of many things, some more serious than others. Rather than speculating and giving you a mile long list, I would suggest you talk to the doc who ordered the scan and ask him/her about the implications of the scan and what to do next. Best to you. ...Read more

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Why do I have swollen lymph nodes?

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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What can cause swollen lymph nodes?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there 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. ...Read more