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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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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...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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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?

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 (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