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Doctor insights on: How To Beat A Painfully Swollen Lymph Node

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What could cause a painful, swollen lymph node in neck?

What could cause a painful, swollen lymph node in neck?

Usually inflammation: Swollen lymph nodes in the neck are the sign of some form of pathology. Nodes don't enlarge spontaneously. When there is a malignancy of the oral cavity that spreads to lymph nodes they enlarge, become matted, and for the most part fix to jugular vein.
Painful nodes are the sign of inflammation such as oral cavity or pharynx unassociated with tumor. Antibiotics may be necessary for control. ...Read more

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What to do if I have painful, swollen lymph node in neck?

See primary MD: See your primary care MD for a lymph node exam and possibly bloodwork and scans. Be well. ...Read more

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If a swollen lymph node is painful, does that mean it isn't cancer?

If a swollen lymph node is painful, does that mean it isn't cancer?

Not necessarily: Most swollen lymph nodes are not cancerous, they are reactive or inflammatory. By that fact most lymph nodes that are tender will be benign. Unfortunately, a small percentage will still be malignant. If you are worried please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if the swollen lymph node is painful does that rule out cancer?

Could you tell me if the swollen lymph node is painful does that rule out cancer?

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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My swollen lymph node in my neck is not painful. Does that mean a more serious problem?

How big?: A cancerous lymph node is obviously abnormal. Almost all other nodes are your friends. If you are advised to leave it alone, do so. There is no explaining why different people get big nodes in different places. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in my arm pit it's causing some discomfort and is painful at times. Is this serious/other symptoms I should look for?

Behavior over time: This may not be a lymph node. Other things under the arm swell and get painful. If there is clear redness, warmth, pain and discharge or a central "plug" to the lesion with a very superficial appearance this is very likely benign. If there is progressive enlargement without the signs above it is time to see a doc. ...Read more

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I found a swollen lymph node in my right groin, it is very painful and it is right on my panty-line, is this serious?

Infected lymph node: Need to be seen by physician to examine you. Mat treat with antibiotics. If persisted need further evluation may include possible biopsy. ...Read more

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My 4yr old son has had a swollen lymph node in his neck from 1.5yrs. It's not growing or painful, but always visible. Should I be worried?

My 4yr old son has had a swollen lymph node in his neck from 1.5yrs. It's not growing or painful, but always visible. Should I be worried?

See pediatrician: Please take your child to the pediatrician to have an examination and measurement of the node. Better to be safe than sorry. Biopsy if suspicious. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear that is painful and has happened before.?

I have a swollen lymph node behind my ear that is painful and has happened before.?

Enlarged lymph node : This can be reactive, due to an infection or healing from a scratch or bite on your head, which is most common. If your bump is tender, painful or persists for more than a couple weeks, you should see your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I woke up with a swollen lymph node on the back left side of my neck. Quite sore and slightly painful?

I woke up with a swollen lymph node on the back left side of my neck. Quite sore and slightly painful?

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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Painful swollen lymph node under right armpit — Causes? Pain and redness went away in a few days, but it's still swollen. 25 yr male.

Painful swollen lymph node under right armpit — Causes? Pain and redness went away in a few days, but it's still swollen. 25 yr male.

Ingrown hair?: Are you sure it is a lymph node? An ingrown hair causing an abscess can cause a lump in an armpit. If it truly is a lymph node, then the nodes in the armpit drain the arm and the breast and superficial chest. Any infection or disease in those areas can cause a swollen node. If it doesn't continue to improve, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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1 random swollen lymph node in groin area for 1 week now. Painful, but not growing, the skin is not red, it is hard but movable, no other symptoms.

1 random swollen lymph node in groin area for 1 week now. Painful, but not growing, the skin is not red, it is hard but movable, no other symptoms.

Get it checked: Many possible reasons-too many to discuss here-exist. A good history and physical will help narrow down these possibilities. ...Read more

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1 random swollen lymph node in groin area for 1 week now. Painful, but not growing, the skin is not red, it is hard but movable, no other symptoms.?

1 random swollen lymph node in groin area for 1 week now. Painful, but not growing, the skin is not red, it is hard but movable, no other symptoms.?

Probably infection: But could be a malignancy or inflammatory condition.
Get an exam and blood tests for starters. If doesn't go away, need biopsy. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a swollen lymph node under my chin? It is not painful, however, sometimes it gets aggravated by swallowing. Is this worrisome?

What is the cause of a swollen lymph node under my chin? It is not painful, however, sometimes it gets aggravated by swallowing. Is this worrisome?

Probably not: Lymph nodes enlarge in response to inflammation since they are designed to help fight this. The oral cavity is a major source of minor inflammation/infection and a swollen lymph node is not surprising. If it remains small, is soft and non-tender, and you have no other symptoms it should resolve. If not, have it seen by your family doctor or an ent. ...Read more

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I noticed a swollen lymph node on my right groin area yesterday in the shower. It is painful to touch and accompanied by a slight fever of 99.7 help?

I noticed a swollen lymph node on my right groin area yesterday in the shower. It is painful to touch and accompanied by a slight fever of 99.7 help?

See your doctor: Lymph nodes which are painful are usually infected--
you need to see your doctor for a full exam to be evaluated and have some lab tests done for infections
both viral and bacterial. Good luck. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node in armpit for 3 days. Is tender and painful to touch?

Swollen lymph node in armpit for 3 days. Is tender and painful to touch?

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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Sometimes when I get painful cysts on my chin or jawline, I'll get a swollen lymph node under my chin. Is this normal?

Sometimes when I get painful cysts on my chin or jawline, I'll get a swollen lymph node under my chin. Is this normal?

Yes: Any infected Acne cyst, boil or carbuncle in your face will trigger swelling of your local lymph nodes where it drains.
Many times your body will take care of it but if persistent and big may require antibiotic therapy and sometimes incision and drainage! ...Read more

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Painful Swollen lymph node Under my left jaw. No Fever or cold. Should I be worried?

Painful Swollen lymph node Under my left jaw. No Fever or cold. Should I be worried?

Don't Goad That Node: Not usually. This happens, then they go away. The worst thing you can do is keep fooling with it. Estimate the size then leave it alone for at least one week, prefer- ably two, then check it again. Bigger? Smaller? Same? Less tender? More tender? Then decide if you need to see your doctor. If getting visibly bigge or gets more painful before than, or more lumps appear or other symptoms come-up, go sooner. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node behind my left ear. Very painful. It has been about 2 days. What could be causing it?

Swollen Gland: Swollen glands usually represent an infection. If you do not know where you are having an infection it may be time to be seen by your physician. ...Read more

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I have a swollen painful bump under my arm which I think could be a swollen lymph node. I’ve had this before but this time it’s very sore?

I have a swollen painful bump under my arm which I think could be a swollen lymph node. I’ve had this before but this time it’s very sore?

Need to examine: What you described suggests an inflamed lymph node. Do you have any wound or injury on the hand or arm of the same side? It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation as you may need antibiotic treatment. If you do no have access to a doctor, go the emergency room of a nearby hospital.
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Enlarged lymph node? I am a sixteen-year-old female. I've had something bulging from under my jaw for two weeks now. I've noticed it getting larger quickly, also becoming more and more painful. My friend said it might be a swollen lymph node. I've done so

Hello. : Hello. I can't diagnose your condition. However, a lymph node can become enlarged for more reasons that a sore throat or cough. An infection of a gum, a canker sore — these are just a couple of examples. Lymph nodes drain areas of inflammation or infection. I am glad that you will be seeing the doctor tommorrow, so that it can be properly assessed and diagnosed. Take care. ...Read more

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3cm swollen lymph node in groin moveable not painful,others smaller. Sharp pain in groin area, night sweats and tired. Worried...

Any fever,wt loss: Any other lymphnodes- in neck, underarms, palpable?. S you are telling 3 cm which is a big size,if it is a node needs to be evaluated by your primary doctor. There are things in the groin which can look like lymphnodes, but not are there. Eg. Femoral hernias. hence, see your doctor and needs a biopsy if it is a node-to r/o infections-including one's TB,STD's HIV, condn-like sarcoid, lymphoma ...Read more

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Painful swollen lymph node near clavicle don't feel sick and other nodes are normal what is it? Should i be concerned? Just got flu shot related?

Painful swollen lymph node near clavicle don't feel sick and other nodes are normal what is it? Should i be concerned? Just got flu shot related?

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 node under chin and left eyelid swollen and very painful. What do I do?

Swollen lymph node under chin and left eyelid swollen and very painful. What do I do?

Could be a sty : It may be an early sty. It should be one eyelid not both that is swollen. If one the use of warm compresses four times a day for 5-10 minutes for a couple of days should help. If both lids are swollen it may be preseptal infection and you should see a doctor as you may need antibiotics. If the swelling doesn't resolve in a 2 days or you are running a fever see a doctor. ...Read more

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1.5 cm, tender, painful lump just under my c-section. They don't know if it is a swollen lymph node or healing from a c-sec which I had 2 yrs ago

1.5 cm, tender, painful lump just under my c-section. They don't know if it is a swollen lymph node or healing from a c-sec which I had 2 yrs ago

It is not a lymph no: Lymph nodes are not located outside of the groins, so unless your scar is close to the groin, it is not a lymph node. Anything tender suggests inflammation/infection. Sometimes older retained stitches can become inflamed. You should go see your doctor who did the c-section and get medical help/advise. It is nothing serious, yet it needs medical attention. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in the neck, my ankle is swollen too. Both my feet are hurting. Plus i have red painful bumps in the feet what's wrong?

I have a swollen lymph node in the neck, my ankle is swollen too. Both my feet are hurting. Plus i have red painful bumps in the feet what's wrong?

Adenopathy: Sounds like a generalized viral process with your neck and feet symptoms. Hand foot and mouth a possibility however you are older. Other infections like strep, mono, coxsackie possible. If you have a high fever, headache or neck stiffness likely best to get checked. ...Read more

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I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

I have had a swollen lymph node behind my ear for my entire life. It is not painful and doesn't grow should I tell my doctor?

Yes: Always good to show your doctor when examined so that it can be documented as to characteristics and size in case something changes. ...Read more