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Why do I have swollen lymph nodes?

Why do I have swollen lymph nodes?

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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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I have swollen lymph nodes! help me!?

I have swollen lymph nodes! help me!?

Go see a doctor: You need to get a medical exam done in order to find the cause of swollen nodes. Unless it is an infection, you may need a biopsy of the lymph nodes if they are more than one cm in size and getting bigger over time. ...Read more

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What to do if I have swollen lymph nodes?

What to do if I have swollen lymph nodes?

Watch for changes: If the nodes are swollen for a long period of time or change in number without diminishing in number, they should be checked for pathology. They maybe enlarged from inflammation, infection or presence of tumor. Increase in number or size may require biopsy. ...Read more

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How can I know I have swollen lymph nodes?

How can I know I have swollen lymph nodes?

Not always: Generally those that can be felt will be in the neck, in the armpit, along the inguinal area, and along the groove above the clavicle. These will feel like round bumps, usually a centimeter or more in size, and may or may not be tender, feel soft or hard, be movable or not. The clue is that they are new, and have not been felt previously. ...Read more

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How would i know if I have swollen lymph nodes?

You will be able to : If you can feel them with your fingers and they are bigger than one cm, they are considered enlarged. ...Read more

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What can it mean that I have swollen lymph nodes?

It depends: It depends on the location and the size of the lymph nodes. If they are bigger than 1.5-2 cm, or if they are continuing to increase in size, then a biopsy should done to find out the cause.. Lymph nodes are commonly swollen due to infections or inflammation. They may also be increased in size due to cancer of the lymph nodes, a condition called lymphoma. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have swollen lymph nodes myself?

Not always: Generally those that can be felt will be in the neck, in the armpit, along the inguinal area, and along the groove above the clavicle. These will feel like round bumps, usually a centimeter or more in size, and may or may not be tender, feel soft or hard, be movable or not. The clue is that they are new, and have not been felt previously. ...Read more

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Why do I have swollen lymph nodes all over the body?

Why do I have swollen lymph nodes all over the body?

Medical eval: Global lymphadenopathy is not normal. Recommend medical assessment to know. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes with no other symptoms. What could this be?

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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What exactly does it mean if I have swollen lymph nodes in multiple places?

Get it evaluated: It means that it absolutely needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. That includes, blood tests, scans and a possible biopsy of a node. Do not delay. ...Read more