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Head Lymph Node Location
Hi - I have had a lymph node I can feel when I turn my head a certain way for about 2 years now. I'm worried it's something bad.
Relax: If the lymph node has been present for 2 years and isn't changing, is small (pea sized) and moveable...it is likely benign. However, if it is large, fixed or increasingly painful, it would be advisable to let a doctor check it out and make sure it isn't something that needs to be worked up further. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I Still have a lymph node on my head on the lower right side it's now been 3 months. I just want to know if it's normal for it to still be there?
Can be: If it does not go away or becomes painful or does not go away or concerned get it checked ...Read more
Depends : It could be cyst. Could also be a sign of infection. Requiring full exam. You should get checked out. ...Read more
Which location it is: Who said it could be a lymphnode. If already a docotor saw and felt it is harmless no need to do anything. As some of the conditions in scalp can cause small lymphnodes to appear prominently such as dandruff, small cuts, infected acne, pustules, can cause them . But lymphnodes in the back of scalp close to the nape of neck called occipital nodes are significant in some conditions-syphilis, hiv. ...Read more
Is it possible for a young person to have more than one lymph node palpable in head and neck area normally?
Yes: Common. Lymph nodes can be palpated in normal individuals. They are usually up to 1cm in size, mobile and symmetric to midline. ...Read more
Is a 6x4x5 mm lymph node on back of neck at base of head that has been there over 20 years anything to worry sick over?
Not after 20 years: if you have had a lymph node for over 20 years and it has not changed you have nothing to worry about from that lymph node in its present situation. A lymph node goes up-and-down with infection but is sore when that occurs. A lymph node that changes and has no pain associated with it should be checked. Be sure it is a lymph node and not a cyst which is also benign. ...Read more
Swollen lymph node (~quarter size) right side under chin. Hurts to touch and when head tilts to left or back (skin presses at it stretches). 2 days?
Infectious: Swollen tender lymph nodes over a several day perior probably represents an infectious etiology. These particular lymph nodes can become swollen due to infections within the mouth. Mono and other viral ilness can cause a similar picture. Persistant swollen lymph nodes warrent evaluation and biopsy to exclude a lymphoma. ...Read more
I feel my occipital lymph node, it's very small and doesn't portrude much. It hurts my head if i push on it hard, otherwise no pain. What could it be?
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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