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Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Potentially: Lymph nodes in the neck can make it hard to swallow or breath if severely enlarged. The tonsils are lymphatic tissue in the throat that are a cause of sleep apnea. The are also lymph nodes around the trachea than can caress the airways within the chest causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Help! could swollen breast lymphnods make it hard to breath?

Help! could swollen breast lymphnods make it hard to breath?

No: The lymph nodes you can feel are outside the chest cavity. If you are having breathing trouble you should be seen before it gets worse. ...Read more

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Flu and swollen, painful lymph node on right side of neck. It hurts to swallow. How long will lymph node be swollen and causing so much pain?

Flu and swollen, painful lymph node on right side of neck.  It hurts to swallow. How long will lymph node be swollen and causing so much pain?

Maybe infection: Can be up to a week for swelling to go down. Sounds like an infection and you may need antibiotic to help the symptoms. Rec to go see your primary doc about it. ...Read more

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When is it recommended to biopsy swollen neck lymph nodes?

When is it recommended to biopsy swollen neck lymph nodes?

Complicated: Depends on what else is going on, where the nodes are located, what they feel like on exam, how many and how large, whether they are painful or tender. Single large nodes which are hard to the touch and fixed to underlying tissue will be biopsied quickly. Multiple small, mildly tender nodes will generally be observed. Anything in between is a judgement call by the doctor. ...Read more

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How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

How do you treat swollen lymph nodes in neck and hard to swallow or breathe?

You need a medical e: A medical examination is advised in order to find out the cause of enlarged nodes. It can be due to an infection or cancer. Your doctor can tell the cause and guide you as to what is best next step. It may require a biopsy unless it is due to infection for which antibiotics may be indicated. ...Read more

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Cold sore on tongue caused a swollen lymph node under jaw. No longer painful but lymph node stayed and it wont go down. Is the lymph node a problem?

Not necessarily: You could watch and wait. If the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, you should see a doctor. 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. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. 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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I have a small hard lump next to my jaw lymph node, it may be the node itself but it's hard and very mobile and hurts with pressure?

I have a small hard lump next to my jaw lymph node, it may be the node itself but it's hard and very mobile and hurts with pressure?

Lymph nodes.: How long has it been there? Can take up to 8 weeks for a reactive node to go away. Any recent cold? Longer than 8 weeks I would see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is a persistently enlarged preauricular lymph node nothing to worry about since it's not on neck or above collar bone?

Is a persistently enlarged preauricular lymph node nothing to worry about since it's not on neck or above collar bone?

Lymph nodes: That are swollen always need to be evaluated by a physician. Once you have been seen and testing is negative then you can rest assured. Take care! ...Read more

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Right lymph node in neck throat swollen, nothing on left, don't feel sick at all just the lymph node, what could this be? Feel it swallowing & yawning

Right lymph node in neck throat swollen, nothing on left, don't feel sick at all just the lymph node, what could this be? Feel it swallowing & yawning

Uncertain: This could be a lot of reasons and it is not clear why this is enlarged. Consider a lot of medical reasons from infectious reasons to other. This is something you will need to discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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My trachea (I think) hurts to touch it and when I swallow. Not like when I have swollen lymph nodes or strep. What could this be?

My trachea (I think) hurts to touch it and when I swallow. Not like when I have swollen lymph nodes or strep. What could this be?

Time to see doctor: When having issues with neck and throat best to see doctor for exam. Very important area and you do not want to have any breathing issues ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel small soft moveable axillary lymph nodes while nursing? Not sure if it's fat tissue or lymph nodes. Feels glandular/nodular.

Is it normal to feel small soft moveable axillary lymph nodes while nursing? Not sure if it's fat tissue or lymph nodes. 
Feels glandular/nodular.

Yes: There is a tail of breast tissue that extends into the axilla and you can get small cysts especially if you are breast feeding. If they feel hard or persists after breast feeding get checked ...Read more

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Left supraclavicular node palpable mobile and not very hard pea sz. Egd showed gastritis and esophagitis. Could this be why i can feel the lymph node?

Left supraclavicular node palpable mobile and not very hard pea sz. Egd showed gastritis and esophagitis. Could this be why i can feel the lymph node?

No: The size and mobility of the node are benign and not related to the endoscopy. Please monitor the size over the next 2-3 months. If it enlarges, a ct scan of the abdomen will be helpful. ...Read more

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Shoulder with armpit feels swollen but it doesn't hurt. Per my physician it's NOT swollen lymph nodes. What could this be?

Examination: If your doctor who examined you did not find a cause for your feeling of a "swelling" it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you. You may wish to consult a different physician. ...Read more

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Can acne cause swollen lymph nodes and is it normal to feel lymph nodes in a teenager?

Can acne cause swollen lymph nodes and is it normal to feel lymph nodes in a teenager?

Sometimes: Lymph nodes are commonly felt in the head and neck because they are not buried in fat or muscle like they are in the rest of the body. Skin irritation,bug bites,acne and or illness can cause transient swelling in nodes. They usually enlarge/shrink over a 3-6 wk cycle but may persist when the triggering problems remain. ...Read more

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Is it ok to touch your neck lymph nodes from inside your mouth?

Is it ok to touch your neck lymph nodes from inside your mouth?

Not ususally: There are lymph nodes in various places and you generally have no reason to seek them out. Even the tonsils are lymph tissue. ...Read more

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When taking antibiotics for swollen lymph nodes, is it normal to feel a little sore and tender where the node was?

Yes: The swelling of the lymph node stretches itts surrounding capsule. This stretch can cause pain in that node. Once the swelling goes down, there may be some residual soreness, but it should quickly resolve. ...Read more

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Just woke up with what seems to be enlarged lymph node under left jaw. Not very movable, but soft. Not visabilly noticeable. Lymphoma? 26 yo f.

Just woke up with what seems to be enlarged lymph node under left jaw. Not very movable, but soft. Not visabilly noticeable. Lymphoma? 26 yo f.

Unlikely: Lymph nodes that 'pop up' suddenly are not likely from lymphoma. If lymph nodes remain enlarged for 4-6 weeks, then they need to be evaluated by a medical professional. Lymph nodes in the region of the jaw might indicate mouth or teeth problems. ...Read more

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