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How long can neck nodes stay enlarged with no signs of sickness? Have had several swollen for 5 months with no decrease. Dr seems uninterested

How long can neck nodes stay enlarged with no signs of sickness? Have had several swollen for 5 months with no decrease. Dr seems uninterested

Ask for diagnosis: Palpable neck nodes that don't go away and large enough to be consider pathologic should be a concern. They can stay that way without disease for some time but certain diseases can do that, unfortunately like some opportunistic infections, mycobacteria but could be a manifestation of other inflammation including aids and malignancy. I can't correlate with the chest ct as history does not say. ...Read more

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What does it mean with swollen nodes on neck and inner left collarbone for 5+ months? Dr did CT and reported back no lymphadenopathy. No infections

What does it mean with swollen nodes on neck and inner left collarbone for 5+ months? Dr did CT and reported back no lymphadenopathy.  No infections

Sounds concerning: Are all the nodes on the same side? Are they growing? Do you have hoarseness? Ear pain? Difficulty swallowing? If so, you should have a laryngoscopy. Have you have weight loss, unexplained fevers, night sweats? It is very unusual that you can feel nodes that are not seen on ct. Maybe have a second doc look at the ct? ...Read more

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Can lymph nodes stay swollen for 7 months after mono infection. Lymph nodes are bilateral in post. cervical area 1.3 cm or less. I touch them everyday?

Can lymph nodes stay swollen for 7 months after mono infection. Lymph nodes are bilateral in post. cervical area 1.3 cm or less. I touch them everyday?

Yes, not abnormal: Once inflamed and enlarged, sometimes lymph nodes never return to previous normal size. If you're otherwise well, it doesn't mean anything if you can still feel them. Anyway, repeated touching -- especially if you poke hard to find them, rub them, etc -- can cause further inflammation, keeping them large. I suggest you vow to keep your hands off for the next month. You may they find they're gone. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes on my face, neck, collarbone and groin w/ night sweats, no signs of infection. Dr wants to wait two weeks for recheck? Is this ok?

Swollen lymph nodes on my face, neck, collarbone and groin w/ night sweats, no signs of infection. Dr wants to wait two weeks for recheck? Is this ok?

Thats quite reason--: Able thing to do, as in 2 weeks the enlarged ln from most viral infections would be better and smaller as you feel better. Make sure you get a recheck with him. At that time, he'll probably run some tests depending on any localizing symptoms/ signs you have. Good luck. ...Read more

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BW said reactivated Mono. How long can it last in adults?I've heard 3-6 months. How long can lymph nodes hurt/be swollen? Scared actually lymphoma?

BW said reactivated Mono. How long can it last in adults?I've heard 3-6 months.  How long can lymph nodes hurt/be swollen? Scared actually lymphoma?

How sure is the dx?: Reactivated mononucleosis is unusual. Most cases of mono are caused by EBV but CMV also can cause. While exceptions exist, usually mononucleosis confers lifelong immunity. Serologies are often used to check, however remain positive after acquiring the infection even many years. The monospot (EBV) is usually only positive for 3-5months p. infx. Other things can cause mono-like syndrome. ...Read more

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Got a Swollen Lymph Node underarm how long does it take to go down ? Lymph node been swollen for 5 weeks

Got a Swollen Lymph Node underarm how long does it take to go down ? Lymph node been swollen for 5 weeks

Need to examine: The lymph nodes enlarge in response to some lesion in the area drained by the node. It would be prudent to see a doctor to ascertain the cause of the enlargement and treat the cause. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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2% of reactive lymphocytes in test. Lymphocytes 28 (normal 16-45) Swollen lymph nodes on neck since 5 weeks ago. No other symptoms. Is it bad? WORRIED

2% of reactive lymphocytes in test. Lymphocytes 28 (normal 16-45) Swollen lymph nodes on neck since 5 weeks ago. No other symptoms. Is it bad? WORRIED

Relax: You're a grown man so presumably you get checked for HIV maybe once a year. Everybody has a few palpable nodes in their neck; they're your friends. You may have met a minor virus of some sort and fought it off. You're entitled to have a few percent ayptical / reactive lymphs and be healthy. Relax and be thankful. ...Read more

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How long does post nasal drip last? and is it usually accompanied by slightly swollen lymph node under jaw? lymph node doesnt hurt and can be moved

How long does post nasal drip last? and is it usually accompanied by slightly swollen lymph node under jaw? lymph node doesnt hurt and can be moved

A long time: Post nasal drop is usually due to allergies, which can occur in certain seasons, especially spring postnatal drop can be present continuously in some persons. If it is on only one side of your nose and you have a history of head trauma, please see your doctor. Topical stetoid sprays or no sedating medications such as Zyrtec may help. In extreme cases, a consult with an allergist may be needed. ...Read more

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I had strep 10June & 3lymph nodes were swollen in my neck (r) one remains & my r ear hurts...how long does it take for the nodes 2go away?

I had strep 10June & 3lymph nodes were swollen in my neck (r) one remains & my r ear hurts...how long does it take for the nodes 2go away?

Lymph nodes: It sounds like the infection cleared up ok , but you have more concern about chronic changes present in your lymph nodes and that is what is likely affecting your ear as well. If this is a one time thing ,I 'd give it another 4-8 weeks as long as you're feeling ok. If you have had chronic problems with recurrent tonsil/throat, time to see ent. Nodes can take a couple of months to decrease size. ...Read more

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Cervical lymph nodes enlarged overnight a few weeks ago-with Fever chills. Have gone down somewhat but R node still pretty big. Why one big?

Cervical lymph nodes enlarged overnight a few weeks ago-with Fever chills. Have gone down somewhat but R node still pretty big. Why one big?

Lymph node: Lymph nodes usually suddenly grow in size because the are reacting to a local infection, in your cause the throat, the ear, or the sinus. Also, the lymph node can itself become infected. This is called cervical lymphadenitis and it is treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Lymph nodes on neck still slightly swollen 3 weeks after flu. GP says no cause for concern. Is this normal?

Lymph nodes on neck still slightly swollen 3 weeks after flu. GP says no  cause for concern. Is this normal?

For a long time: After an illness that produces swollen lymph nodes the nodes can stay somewhat swollen and tender for a long time, even weeks. Sometimes a slight swelling can remain forever! That being said, the general trend week to week should be one of improvement, smaller size and less pain. If this does not occur you should follow-up with your doctor. ...Read more

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4 y/o has had a swollen lymph node in lower side of neck, easily movable, about 1.5-2 CM for 5 mos. Cbc normal, no fevers, node unchanged. Normal?

4 y/o has had a swollen lymph node in lower side of neck, easily movable, about 1.5-2 CM for 5 mos. Cbc normal, no fevers, node unchanged. Normal?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere 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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I a lymph node in my groin is swollen but got smaller after 5 days of antibiotics 2 weeks ago. No other swellings. Do cancerous nodes get smaller?

I a lymph node in my groin is swollen but got smaller after 5 days of antibiotics 2 weeks ago. No other swellings.  Do cancerous nodes get smaller?

NO: Cancer nodes shrink with successful treatments not on their own , most common cause of groin lymph node enlargement is infection in lower extremity , genital and anal infections, some time very mild , not noticeable infections, just don't worry follow your doctors instructions. ...Read more

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Axilla lymph node swollen during infection. shrunk but did not return to normal size after infection. Often Feel numbness in my arm now after 1 year?

Axilla lymph node swollen during infection. shrunk but did not return to normal size after infection. Often Feel numbness in my arm now after 1 year?

It may not return: It may not return to normal size after the infection, but you need to be certain the infection is gone. Uncertain how the numbness fits in. was it numb during the infections. What type of infection is important also. You need to discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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4 year old had fever for two days, noticed swollen nodes on side of neck as well. Fever gone for two days now. When will lymph nodes go back down?

4 year old had fever for two days, noticed swollen nodes on side of neck as well. Fever gone for two days now. When will lymph nodes go back down?

Weeks: Normal reactivity (swelling) in lymph nodes will cycle up/down over a 3-4 week period. Neck nodes are easily detected since they overlie muscles rather than being buried in tissue. If bug bites/colds/vaccines/skin rashes in the area occur they can persist. ...Read more

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How long would swollen lymph node usually last?

How long would swollen lymph node usually last?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is better. ...Read more