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How do I get my swollen lymph nodes to shrink away faster?

How do I get my swollen lymph nodes to shrink away faster?

Not likely: This is a normal body defense mechanism, and when these nodes are finished fighting inflammation they will recede at their own leisurely pace. Not much you can or should want to do about it. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands = inflamed lymph nodes (doesn't actually ...Read more


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How do I get my swollen lymph nodes to shrink?

How do I get my swollen lymph nodes to shrink?

Treat the cause: Swollen lymph nodes are usually a sign of infection. If the underlying infection is determined and treated, the associated lymph node will likely shrink back to normal size. ...Read more

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My brother says I should get treated because once in a while I get swollen lymph nodes? Is he right?

Depends where how: Swollen lymph nodes are common as a consequence of infections. Lymph tissue participates in the immune response against infection, so lymph nodes temporarily enlarge, then recede in size after the infection is conquered. Lymph nodes that enlarge beyond the size of a walnut, are very painful, or persist should be examined by your doctor. ...Read more

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I sometimes get bumps on my head could that be swollen lymph nodes?

I sometimes get bumps on my head could that be swollen lymph nodes?

Possible: But the best thing to do is to see a doctor and have these examined when they arise, so that an appropriate diagnosis and course of action is possible. ...Read more

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What do swollen lymph nodes feel like? Can they get irritated if you feel for them too much?

What do swollen lymph nodes feel like? Can they get irritated if you feel for them too much?

Lymph nodes: Are the part of lymphatic system that get enlarged or allerted when the body is attacked by infection
viral or bacterial
can get enlarged with neoplasia
they need a physician to examine and find the cause
it will not change if you feel for them ...Read more

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I have a few swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck for approx 6 months...what can cause this....should I get checked out?

I have a few swollen lymph nodes on the left side of my neck for approx 6 months...what can cause this....should I get checked out?

Yes: Any issue with the mouth or upper airway can lead to enlarged node in the neck. It would be good to get is checked. If the node doubles in size, more nodes become large, there is pain or redness, you get fever or lose weight, it would be prudent to seek care at the earliest.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Each month I get swollen lymph nodes on both sides of my neck, that last four a week or so had it for over 2 years but getting more frequent?

Go see an ENT doctor: It could be just repeated viral infections (colds) but you need to be sure that you do not have strept throat. A visit to your ENT doctor can help. If you want to try controlling it on your own, I wiould sugges that you try taking vitamin c, 500mg daily and give it a 6 month trial (it is pretty cheap vitamin). This may help, in which case you should continue taking it on a regular basis. ...Read more

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Can you get swollen lymph nodes under your armpits from stick deodorant?

Can you get swollen lymph nodes under your armpits from stick deodorant?

Yes: Some people react to deodorant as an irritant and others may be allergic to the contents of the deodorant stick. In either case body may react against the chemicals and that may result in local lymph gland enlargement. ...Read more

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Why did I get swollen lymph nodes after the flu shot (2014)?

Why did I get swollen lymph nodes after the flu shot (2014)?

Influenza vaccine: Flu shot side effects may include: slight swelling, redness or pain at vaccination site. If headache, nausea, fever or muscular pain occur they usually resolve within one to two days. You won't get the flu from a flu shot because the virus either contains inactivated virus or doesn't have virus particles in it. Severe side effects are rare. Don't know which nodes were swollen. Might not be due ...Read more

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How to get rid of swollen lymph nodes in back of knee?

How to get rid of swollen lymph nodes in back of knee?

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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I've had swollen lymph nodes on my neck for 3 months. They get bigger and smaller constantly, they never stay the same size. Should I be worried?

I've had swollen lymph nodes on my neck for 3 months. They get bigger and smaller constantly, they never stay the same size. Should I be worried?

Lymph nodes: It is important to distinguish reactive versus malignant lymphadenopathy. Where on the neck do you palpate these lymph nodes?
It is usually more worrisome if there are palpable on the back of your neck or on the side rather than in front. Lymph nodes could be swollen due to : a recent upper respiratory infection, toothache, ear infection, etc...
Consult your PMD! ...Read more

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Why do people get swollen lymph nodes after drinking alcohol?

Why do people get swollen lymph nodes after drinking alcohol?

No relationship: Drinking alcohol can cause a lot of different problems but swelling of the lymph nodes is not related to alcohol use. You have to ask your doctor to find another cause for the enlarged nodes, if they are really a problem, . ...Read more

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What could it mean if I've had swollen lymph nodes for over 3 years? Should I get a pap smear done?

Depends where: Where/ how big/ painful or not/ adherant to surrounding tissue or not........Any weight loss/ fever etc helps pmd to localse the problem and give further advise. ...Read more

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I fell down the stairs two nights ago, and now I have swollen lymph nodes and my back pain keeps getting worse. Should I get checked?

I fell down the stairs two nights ago, and now I have swollen lymph nodes and my back pain keeps getting worse. Should I get checked?

Absolutely get check: Dear Singram:

The most worrisome thing about what you are describing is that your back pain keeps getting worse. Usually, after you fall, you should expect the pain to reach its worst in the first 24 hours or so and then to start getting better. The fact that your pain keeps getting worse is a cause for concern. So please get checked by a physician.

All the best,

Ariel ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes between ear and jaw. How can I get the swelling down?

Go see a doctor: You need a medical examination to find the cause of swollen glands. Then your doctor can give you proper guidance and advice you about what to do next. ...Read more

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Can you get swollen lymph nodes without lumps? Got a pain that comes and go behind my ears. Don't feel any lumps could this be swollen lymph nodes?

Yes: Inflammed and swollen lymph nodes can be deep in the neck and difficult or impossible to feel. If you are concerned, you should see your physician for a careful exam. ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes all my life on my neck. I get sick a lot, and sometimes the lymph nodes feel tender and bigger.

Hematologist: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. It would be preferable to consult a hematologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I have three swollen lymph nodes on my left inner thigh. They have been there april of 2011. I have chest pain and get sick about 4 times a month?

I have three swollen lymph nodes on my left inner thigh. They have been there april of 2011. I have chest pain and get sick about 4 times a month?

Get a check up!: Do you have fever, sweats, weight loss, itching? Other symptoms or history? You need a good exam, lab tests, chest x-ray and possibly other tests. Soon. ...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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How can I get my dr to listen to my concerns about more swollen lymph nodes in neck and crease of arm? What tests should I ask for?

How can I get my dr to listen to my concerns about more swollen lymph nodes in neck and crease of arm? What tests should I ask for?

Exam: You should get a complete exam to include a CBC, sed rate and CMP for starters. If your physician is not addressing your concerns- get a second opinion. ...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?

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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Is a blunt paint below the hinges of my jaw indicative of swollen lymph nodes, therefore I ought to bunker down and get rest/fluids/etc?

Is a blunt paint below the hinges of my jaw indicative of swollen lymph nodes, therefore I ought to bunker down and get rest/fluids/etc?

See Doctor: Pain in the jaw hinge could be tmj, but pain below the hinge could be anything: referred pain of decaying tooth, inflammation in the parotid gland or lymph node. If red, warm or swollen, call your doctor. Rest and fluids are for viral infections (cold and flu). If this is a localized bacterial infection you need to seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my lower back area, what can it be? Just had an MRI done and that was the diagnosis now I'm waiting to get a CT scan.

I have swollen lymph nodes in my lower back area, what can it be? Just had an MRI done and that was the diagnosis now I'm waiting to get a CT scan.

Usually benign: In a young person, most causes of swollen lymph nodes are infectious or reactive, therefore are benign. Localized lymph node swelling is frequently due to localized infection. Some infections can be serious however, such as tb. Rarely cancer can present as enlarged nodes (lymphoma, hodgkin disease), so, a biopsy/removal and further lab analysis may be necessary to determine cause. ...Read more

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I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?

I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Cancer at your age would be unusual, but not impossible. 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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My apn said he can't do anything for me swollen lymph nodes should I get second opinion? In front of ear and collar bone now on rib upper left node

My apn said he can't do anything for me swollen lymph nodes should I get second opinion? In front of ear and collar bone now on rib upper left node

Yes: Yes, you should see your health care professional for a second opinion. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign of more serious issues and needs to be dealt with, either with antibiotic therapy or further evaluation. ...Read more

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I've been sick for 2 months!! Swollen lymph nodes on left side of body. I've been to the Dr. S office 3 times.

More specifics: Do you mean the swollen nodes at the left side of the neck and not the whole body? If so, it may mean that there is a sinus infection or dental abscess. I can't think of a condition which causes nodes to be enlarged involving much of the left side of the body. Perhaps you need a second opinion by seeing another doctor ...Read more