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Doctor insights on: Glands Vs. Lymph Nodes

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What the difference between lymph nodes and glands?

What the difference between lymph nodes and glands?

While: Commonly used interchangeably by people, it is technically incorrect. Nodes are lymph filtes that extract foreign microbes, a gland has a duct and secretes a product. Exocrine glands excrete to a surface (salivary gland into mouth); endocrine blood stream, estrogen produce feminizing effects throughout the body. ...Read more

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What is difference between lymph glands and lymph nodes?

What is difference between lymph glands and lymph nodes?

Same thing: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes (glands) "taste" the lymph 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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What can I do to reduce swelling of the lymph nodes / salivary glands?

What can I do to reduce swelling of the lymph nodes / salivary glands?

See your Dentist: You need to see your dentist to determine if the swelling is lymph node or salivary, very different treatment depending on location. ...Read more

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I have glands (lymph nodes) in back of head, near neck; what caused this?

I have glands (lymph nodes) in back of head, near neck; what caused this?

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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10 yr old with one large tonsil and lymph nodes gland for 5 weeks now. What should we do?

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/glands, no other symptoms. What could this be?

Swollen lymph nodes/glands, no other symptoms. What could this be?

Hard to say: Its hard to say what this might be. It depends on things like how big it is, how long it's been there, whether it's growing, whether it's painful, and how it feels...

It is probably worth getting checked out soon; however, if it is growing it would need to be checked out immediately. ...Read more

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When lymph nodes/glands are swollen under the jaw, is something wrong?

When lymph nodes/glands are swollen under the jaw, is something wrong?

Painful nodes: Point toward infectious etiology, and jaw pain may indicate dental cause, particularly closed off abcess. Dentist & x-ray would be my first stop. The list is longer for painless nodes. In the area under the tongue/floor of mouth, a salivary gland can be the cause with a duct obstruction. ...Read more

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Can you feel swollen lymph nodes/ glands when layin down or just when standing up? What I am feeling I can feel while standing but not laying down.

Can you feel swollen lymph nodes/ glands when layin down or just when standing up? What I am feeling I can feel while standing but not laying down.

Both: Pathologically enlarged lymph nodes are palpable in both supine and upright positions. However, it would be prudent to see a doctor if you think that you can feel your lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Can you roll out your submandibular salivary gland bilaterally? or am i rolling out my submandibular lymph nodes? unsure.

Lymph nodes: When they a swollen, lymph nodes feel like small hard boiled eggs. They can roll around. The submandibular salivary gland covers most of the floor of the mouth. If there is a problem with it, the whole mass swells up. ...Read more

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Are the two equally sized non tender lumps just on the edge of the soft pallet before the neck salivary glands or lymph nodes?

Are the two equally sized non tender lumps just on the edge of the soft pallet before the neck salivary glands or lymph nodes?

Normal - Tonsils: The tonsils composed of tissues similar to the lymph nodes found in the neck, armpits and other parts of the body. ...Read more

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There are small bilateral level 6 hypoechoic well circumscribed ovoid nodules possibly representing parathyroid glands or small lymph nodes.Opinion?

Nodules: Surely to doctor who is looking after you MUST be taking care of all issues. If you are not satisfied seek a different doctor.

Please let know how things go. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between inflamed lymph nodes & general glands? I have puffy glands in my upper thighs, armpit, behind knees but no sign of nodes

Is there a difference between inflamed lymph nodes & general glands? I have puffy glands in my upper thighs, armpit, behind knees but no sign of nodes

Lymphadenopathy: Your question is difficult to interpret. Don't know what you are distinguishing between "glands" and "nodes". These need to be seen and examined by a doctor in order to be correctly diagnosed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel lymph nodes in a 2 yr ok'd healthy girl bk of neck rt side by ear. Dr felt and said it was normal gland second opinion neccesary?

Is it normal to feel lymph nodes in a 2 yr ok'd healthy girl bk of neck rt side by ear. Dr felt and said it was normal gland second opinion neccesary?

Probably normal: All children develop reactive lymph nodes, because they are developing their immune systems. As they are exposed to different things, including bacteria and viruses, they will have enlargement of lymph nodes, particularly in the head and neck. This is very typical, and if your doctor does not believe it a problem, you should trust their judgement. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes or swollen salivary glands?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes or swollen salivary glands?

Many things: Swollen nodes are often a sign of infection. This can be due to allergy, bacteria, or viruses. On some occasions lymphoma or other cancers can cause this problem.
At 35 it is more likely to be benign. I would ask my doctor to evaluate. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor should I see for swollen lymph nodes/glands?

More than one choice: Any family doctor can help you and guide you further. Ent doctors handle most swollen glands in he neck area where they are commonly due to infections. If you have swollen glands in the armpits, then you need to go to a general surgeon or a family doctor or pcp. ...Read more

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Can you get swollen glands or lymph nodes if you were choked or somebody was squeezing hard on your neck?

Can you get swollen glands or lymph nodes if you were choked or somebody was squeezing hard on your neck?

Not usually: Chocking would not cause lymph glands to become larger. Choking may bring attention to glands that may have become larger for some other reason.
If the choking you are referring to is part of domestic or other violence, you ought report it to the police and remove yourself from the abusive situation. ...Read more

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Ct results say numerous small subclinical lymph nodes in right and left neck. Submandibular and parities glands symmetrical in side to side. Meaning?

Ct results say numerous small subclinical lymph nodes in right and left neck. Submandibular and parities glands symmetrical in side to side. Meaning?

Most likely benign: We all have lymph nodes - they are the factories that build the cells and compounds that fight off infections.

They can be seen on all ct scans, even in normal patients. When they enlarge, it can be due to infection or something else, like a tumor or lymphoma. Sometimes, even normal sized ones are abnormally functioning on a pet/ct.
Symmetry is good, and small is good, almost always. ...Read more

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I have mono, but my lymph nodes have been swollen for about two weeks. Should i be concerned or is it the normal duration for swollen glands?

I have mono, but my lymph nodes have been swollen for about two weeks. Should i be concerned or is it the normal duration for swollen glands?

Normal: It can take 6-8 weeks to fully recover from a bout of mono and during this time the lymph nodes can indeed remain enlarged. ...Read more

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Could it be a bad thing if one of your lymph nodes (swollen glands by your jaw) breaks off?

Continuous chains: Lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They are all connected so they cannot just break off, it may have shrunk or pushed deep. ...Read more

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I have Sjogrens syndrome and have had to have both submandibular salivary glands removed and now on both sides of my neck below the jaw the lymph nodes are very hard and have not changed for almost a year do I need to be concerned?

I have Sjogrens syndrome and have had to have both submandibular salivary glands removed and now on both sides of my neck below the jaw the lymph nodes are very hard and have not changed for almost a year do I need to be concerned?

maybe not lymph?: Are you certain that what you feel are lymph nodes? Perhaps it could be calcified scar tissue that healed like that after after your surgery? Have they been intermittently hard or constantly? If constant, it's possible they are clogged and may have to be opened. ...Read more

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Swelling under the jaw. Could it be lymph nodes? Or the salivary glands? I don't think it's my teeth or wisdom or jaw. Symptoms on my other question.

Swelling: Can't see your other question...system doesn't work that way. As a general rule, any pain, swelling, or bleeding should be immediately investigated. Could be lymph nodes swollen from trying to filter an infection, or partially blocked salivary gland, or draining abscess, or so many other things. Bite the bullet, call your Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for an examination. ...Read more

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Very swollen glands and lymph nodes in neck, when should I visit the doctor?

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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Sept9 posted about painful lymph nodes..Since have fatigue, glands still up. Hard painless lump behind ear. Epstein virus test positive. What is it?

Sept9 posted about painful lymph nodes..Since have fatigue, glands still up. Hard painless lump behind ear. Epstein virus test positive. What is it?

Mononucleosis: Classic description of the viral illness mononucleosis. Contagious by oral contact.Self-limited, but can be chronic.No antimicrobials are needed since this is viral, but secondary streptococcus infection could require treatment. In some cases the spleen can enlarge and even rupture, so limited activity is sometimes recommended. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does a chest x Ray reveal enlarged lymph nodes in neck area such as under the thymus gland caused by lymphoma?

The thymus gland: is not in the neck, it is in the chest(anterior mediastinum). If the lymph nodes get large enough, the chest xray will be abnormal. However, a chest xray is not a reliable way to rule out adenopathy, because the lymph nodes have to get quite bulky to show up. CT is a much more sensitive and specific test for mediastinal adenopathy. ...Read more

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I have two painless swollen lymph nodes on right jaw (i think submandibular gland) for quite some time. I can feel them with hands.I use snuff.

I have two painless swollen lymph nodes on right jaw (i think submandibular gland) for quite some time. I can feel them with hands.I use snuff.

Needs eval: These need to be evaluated by your doctor or ENT specialist. You are correct to be concerned, especially since you appropriately report you use snuff which can contribute to the risk of mouth cancer even, unfortunately, at your young age. The fact that they are painless and you don't report an associated infection is also concerning. Make an appointment today. Best wishes. ...Read more