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Doctor insights on: Infected Lymph Glands Diagnosis

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If my lymph gland is slightly swolen, could that mean my tragus piercing is infected or being rejected?

If my lymph gland is slightly swolen, could that mean my tragus piercing is infected or being rejected?

Possibly: Any infection can cause a lymphnode to be inflamed. If your piercing is red or inflamed it might be the source. ...Read more

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9yr old boy right leg limph gland up but no signs of infected sores on lower part of his body? Restless night; complained that leg was sore. Temp high

9yr old boy right leg limph gland up but no signs of infected sores on lower part of his body? Restless night; complained that leg was sore. Temp high

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 happens if your lymph glands become blocked how is it treated?

What happens if your lymph glands become blocked how is it treated?

Blockage results: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. ...Read more

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Are lymph glands big with lymphoma?

Are lymph glands big with lymphoma?

Maybe: Enlarged lymph nodes (lns) may be associated with lymphoma, but the differential diagnosis (other causes) includes infection, inflammation, etc. Likewise, lymphoma often causes enlarged lns but not always. I have a recent patient with normal sized lns that are pet+ ("active") but with lymphoma in bone marrow. Lns may not be palpable and "hidden" inside body as well. ...Read more

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Why do lymph glands become swollen?

Why do lymph glands become swollen?

Infection, cancer: Lymph nodes swell when they 'catch' a virus or bacteria. Immune cells multiply to fight the infx, causing swelling of the node(s). U can have 1 swell without other symptoms of illness. If it persists > 2-3 wks, get checked out. If a node is painful, it's more likely due to infx than something like cancer. The nodes 'catch' cancer cells that multiply & enlarge the ever-growing nodes. ...Read more

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What the difference between lymph nodes and glands?

What the difference between lymph nodes and glands?

While: Commonly used interchangeably by people, it is technically incorrect. Nodes are lymph filtes that extract foreign microbes, a gland has a duct and secretes a product. Exocrine glands excrete to a surface (salivary gland into mouth); endocrine blood stream, estrogen produce feminizing effects throughout the body. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a gland and a lymph node?

What is the difference between a gland and a lymph node?

Different functions: Glands secrete fluids like saliva or hormones (salivary, pituitary, etc.). 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. They do not secrete anything. ...Read more

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What is difference between lymph glands and lymph nodes?

What is difference between lymph glands and lymph nodes?

Same thing: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes (glands) "taste" the lymph 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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How long can lymph nodes stay enlarged after getting infected?

How long can lymph nodes stay enlarged after getting infected?

2-3 weeks: It depend what kind of infection you have some take about 2-3 weeks. If you have chronic infection sometime stay enlarged for long time. ...Read more