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How Do I Get My Swollen Lymph Nodes To Shrink Away Faster
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
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
No: It may be easier to feel them in a skinny person than in a very large one, though. ...Read more
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?
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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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
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
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
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?
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
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:
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.
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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
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
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 always get swollen lymph nodes come and go even when I was a child. Never feel sick or symptoms of anything. What could it mean? Usually behind ears
Great!!!: It suggests your immune system is functioning well! ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
Husband has lump on his tonsil (due to be removed) gout that he cant get rid of and now swollen lymph nodes under his chin. How concerned should we be?
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
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
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
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
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