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Doctor insights on: Human Neck Anatomy Glands

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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Why are there glands at the back of the neck?

Why are there glands at the back of the neck?

Glands: There are lymph nodes on the back of the neck which may become inflamed with infections both viral and bacterial. They may also become enlarged with cancer. The lymph nodes filter off substances drained by the lymph channels.

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How can you check the glands in the neck?

How can you check the glands in the neck?

Glands: Swollen gland in the neck can occur with viral or bacterial infections. Enlargement sometimes makes swallowing uncomfortable and can be easily palpated by a trained physician.

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What can I take for pain in left neck gland?

What can I take for pain in left neck gland?

Have it evaluated: You can certainly take the usual tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen which will help. A bigger questions is what is the cause? If there is swelling or firmness of the gland, you need to have it evaluated. It may be just a local infection. But you want to make sure it is not a manifestation of something more serious such as a tumor. Lymphomas in particular cause swelling of the neck glands.

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What enlarges glands in the back of the neck?

What enlarges glands in the back of the neck?

Often infections: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and you may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck.

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My right glands on my neck is big and hurts why?

My right glands on my neck is big and hurts why?

Possible infection: Often the glands around your face and/or neck become inflamed (painful) and enlarged when you have some sort of infection. .. a sort of "reaction" to the inflammatory response of your body to an infection. Unfortunately you don't provide much history so I can really tell you much more. If you'd like better guidance consider seeing your doc or a formal consultation here.

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What are the causes of your neck gland to swell?

What are the causes of your neck gland to swell?

Swollen neck glands: There are several reasons for swollen neck glands. The most common is an infection. Ear, nose, thoat, sinus, dental. The best, if conditions persist for more than 3-5 weeks, would be to seek expert opinion with your md or dds.

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I have one enlarged gland in my neck. What should I do?

I have one enlarged gland in my neck. What should I do?

See a doctor: Infectious mononucleosis is just one of numerous illnesses which can present in this fashion. Please go see your doctor. Hope you get better soon.

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Can you lymphnodes or glands in your neck area hurt even if they are not swollen?

Can you lymphnodes or glands in your neck area hurt even if they are not swollen?

Possible...: You may have simply turned your head to far to one side and caused a small stretch. Give it a few days and see if your neck still hurts.

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I have a hard, fixed gland (I think) on my neck. It hasn't caused any pain but I haven't experienced other symptoms. What is this?

I have a hard, fixed gland (I think) on my neck. It hasn't caused any pain but I haven't experienced other symptoms. What is this?

Hard lymph node: Please make an appointment to see your primary care physician. You may need a biopsy of the lymph node to rule out lymphoma or at least imaging.

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What would cause submandibular glands to swell on both sides of my neck? They are palpable. No pain. No other symptoms at all. Very worried!!

What would cause submandibular glands to swell on both sides of my neck? They are palpable. No pain. No other symptoms at all. Very worried!!

Lymph nodes?: You may be noting lymph nodes that are enlarged. The lymph system helps to drain the body of infections. The infection could be as simple as a common head cold. It is likely not your submandibular salivary glands that you are feeling. If the swelling is still noticeable in a week, see a doctor.

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I've been having a swollen feeling on both sides of the lower part of the front neck. Could this mean my glands are swollen and what causes it?

I've been having a swollen feeling on both sides of the lower part of the front neck. Could this mean my glands are swollen and what causes it?

Possible: It could also be your throid gland. See your doctor to differentiate. Either way needs attention and treatment soon.

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I have a swollen gland in my right lower neck. Hurts when pressed and mobile. Kinda soft to touch. Dangerous? Only palpable if I turn my neck to left.

I have a swollen gland in my right lower neck. Hurts when pressed and mobile. Kinda soft to touch. Dangerous? Only palpable if I turn my neck to left.

Recommendation: This is most likely related to recent " Cold" illness. Gargle the mouth and take Advil (ibuprofen) twice a day for week. If no improvement you have to go to Doctor.

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If your glands are swollen will you be able to see it in your neck because I can only feel it and it feels like it's bigger then the other maybe norma?

If your glands are swollen will you be able to see it in your neck because I can only feel it and it feels like it's bigger then the other maybe norma?

Feel swollen yes: If you have swollen lymph nodes you may feel them rather than see them. If there is a question ask your physician.

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My glands in my neck are swollen. What should I do?

See Dr,: If you have multiple swollen glands in your neck you should see your doctor to find out what is wront. St your age it could be anything from infection to something like lymphoma. Please see your doctor. Multiple swollen glands are more worrisome than a single swollen gland, especially if they have been there for more than a week.

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What could produce the glands in my neck to be all swollen?

What could produce the glands in my neck to be all swollen?

Montioring System: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" 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 your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react.

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I can feel a small gland on left side of my neck it does not hurt its hard and its been there for months since I notice it

I can feel a small gland on left side of my neck it does not hurt its hard and its been there for months since I notice it

Enlarged: Enlarged lymph nodes or "lymphadenopathy" are very common. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and enlarge with white blood cells to fight off infections when they detect a foriegn substance such as a virus or bacteria. (ever notice lumps in your neck with a sore throat?) usually these nodes shrink back down to normal size a few weeks after the infection is over, but can sometimes stay enlarged. No one is quite sure why this happens, but it's usually harmless. Other illnesses such as autoimmune disease or cancer can cause enlarged lymph nodes, but often multiple nodes are involved, they can get very large, keep growing instead of shrinking and are associated with other symptoms such as fever, chills, weight loss, rash, etc. If you are concerned about this node, or notice it enlarging, becoming painful, or if you nitce more, contact your doctor.

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What to do if I have a swollen neck gland?

What to do if I have a swollen neck gland?

See physician: A swollen nodule in the neck could be a lymph node or a host of other conditions. See your physician if this does not improve within a week.

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