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Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Potentially: Lymph nodes in the neck can make it hard to swallow or breath if severely enlarged. The tonsils are lymphatic tissue in the throat that are a cause of sleep apnea. The are also lymph nodes around the trachea than can caress the airways within the chest causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

You need a medical e: A medical examination is advised in order to find out the cause of enlarged nodes. It can be due to an infection or cancer. Your doctor can tell the cause and guide you as to what is best next step. It may require a biopsy unless it is due to infection for which antibiotics may be indicated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have 2 hard swollen lymph nodes on my neck, what could this be please help?

What to do if I have 2 hard swollen lymph nodes on my neck, what could this be please help?

MD visit: Hopefully is not serious but could be. You need a good physical exam. Your doc will decide if further workup (like scans or a biopsy) is needed. Best to you. ...Read more

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I have multiple swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck in the suncavicular area. It's been two months and they are hard and rubbery. Thoughts?

I have multiple swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck in the suncavicular area. It's been two months and they are hard and rubbery. Thoughts?

Evaluation: 2 months of lymph node swelling should be evaluated. It may not be cancer, but you may have some other chronic condition that needs evaluation -- ear issues, sinusitis, clogged salivary glands, etc. Lymphoma is relatively common in 20 year olds as well and might be considered. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and it's hard to swallow. What's wrong with me?

I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and it's hard to swallow. What's wrong with me?

Infection: Could ne infectious mono
if not relieved in the next couple weeks should see a n oncologist ...Read more

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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 lumps behind my ears. Big swollen hard lumps. Could it be swollen lymph nodes? What could cause this?

I have lumps behind my ears. Big swollen hard lumps. Could it be swollen lymph nodes? What could cause this?

Lumps-Head and Neck: Many possibilities- lymph nodes are among them, but so are skin lesions, cysts, salivary tumors and more unusual things like angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosinophilia. Correlation with other symptoms, duration, pain, mobility could help narrow the dx. A fine needle biopsy might be needed if no obviously benign cause is found clinically. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and one under left side of my chin my skin isn't red there not painfull they just sit there there not hard?

I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and one under left side of my chin my skin isn't red there not painfull they just sit there there not hard?

Have it evaluated: Lymph node enlargement is normally infections and may come from the skin or from a dental abscess. With no obvious cause you should have it evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes on left side of neck pea size and a little hard and 1 on the right side a little bigger than a pea. Have had them for 3 months.

2 swollen lymph nodes on left side of neck pea size and a little hard and 1 on the right side a little bigger than a pea. Have had them for 3 months.

Could be serious: Enlarged lymph nodes can indicate infection from virus or bacteria, or something more serious like lymphoma or other cancers. New enlarged lymph nodes for over a month is concerning, and warrants physician evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi. I've had (And still have) multiple swollen lymph nodes in both sides of my collar bones for approximately 2 years. They're rubbery, hard, moveabl?

Hi. I've had (And still have) multiple swollen lymph nodes in both sides of my collar bones for approximately 2 years. They're rubbery, hard, moveabl?

Lymph nodes.: By your description and by the amount of time that these nodes have been there, they are probably fine. Although technically speaking, the only way to know with certainty would be to remove a few and send them to a laboratory for pathologic analysis. ...Read more

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I have had 2 swollen lymph nodes on side of my neck for 3 months and just found 2 in my groin. All hard except one is soft and size of a bean. None hu?

See MD: You need to see an internist and have a full exam. These nodes can turn out to be nothing more than a few hypertrophic (enlarged) nodes or a host of other aliments. In any event a real history physical and labs are required ...Read more

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Please can I get some advice?, I have an swollen lymph nodes under my armpit I didn't really care about it I don't know how to distinguish if it is movable, tender or hard?

Get evaluated: 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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I've noticed some swollen lymph nodes as well as a hard movable lump in my groin area with some pain in the hips. Any condition that would cause this?

I've noticed some swollen lymph nodes as well as a hard movable lump in my groin area with some pain in the hips. Any condition that would cause this?

Any nearby infection: Any nearby infection (leg, genitals, lower abdomen, or skin infection) can cause swelling of the inguinal lymph nodes. I would recommend seeing your doctor to determine where the infection is coming from and get appropriate treatment! Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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I have hard swollen lymph nodes under both eyes tubular going down to cheeks and a larger semi hard circular swelling, it's like this for 2-3 weeks?

I have hard swollen lymph nodes under both eyes tubular going down to cheeks and a larger semi hard circular swelling, it's like this for 2-3 weeks?

Need to get medical: You should get a medical examination. It could be peri-orbital edema (painless collection of fluid). This can be a symptom of Fluid retention in several different medical conditions affecting the kidneys and or heart failure. Do you have any other symptoms or change in urination or difficulty in breathing? A medical exam is the best solution unless these go away within 1-2 days. ...Read more

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What to do if I have two small slightly hard bumps behind my left ear. Are these swollen lymph nodes?

What to do if I have two small slightly hard bumps behind my left ear. Are these 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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Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

See details: Numerous issues can cause lymph node enlargement but the hard mass in the armpit does give one cause for concern. Without knowing your history and being able to examine the areas involved, it is difficult to give specific advice. However, I would urge a complete evaluation including ct scan if this persists. ...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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My X-ray is clear, blood test is ok. I have done special blood tests that were clear. Since my childhood I had swollen lymph nodes sometimes.

My X-ray is clear, blood test is ok. I have done special blood tests that were clear. Since my childhood I had swollen lymph nodes sometimes.

Good for you: You need to stop worrying. Everybody has some palpable lymph nodes if they know where to feel. You're a 28 year old man, and life's too difficult to be fretting about this. ...Read more

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Young male child with swollen lymph nodes?

Young male child with swollen lymph nodes?

See your doctor: Any child with enlarged lymph nodes should have a visit to his/her pediatrician. Most enlargement of lymph nodes are what we called reactive enlargement, because it is usually associated with an infectious process, like sore throat, ear infection, etc. Now, enlargement of lymph nodes that are persistent, above certain size or in certain places can be the the first sign of more severe diseases. ...Read more

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What could cause long term swollen lymph nodes?

Possible tumor: Lymph nodes enlarge due to presence of infection, primary neoplasms of nodes or metastatic disease to nodes. With an inflammatory process, over time the nodes will regress especially if inf. Treated. If nodes persist, feel firm, have enlarged somewhat, then bx indicated to rule out source of problem ...Read more

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Why do I have swollen lymph nodes all over the body?

Medical eval: Global lymphadenopathy is not normal. Recommend medical assessment to know. ...Read more

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What can swollen lymph nodes fixed to surrounding structures cause?

Lymphadenopathy: If lymph nodes are sufficiently enlarged they can impinge upon and obstruct passages otherwise open, extend their disease (if any) into adjacent structures or damage them with pressure. Much of this obviously depends upon the cause of the lymphatic enlargement. If this is malignancy it is very different than reactive lymphadenopathy. Good luck. ...Read more

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My back and and swollen lymph nodes for 3 months, what do you recommend?

See doctor ASAP: I assume you mean you have back pain and swollen lymph nodes. You should see a doctor promptly. Chronically swollen lymph nodes may be due to cancer. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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