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Inguinal Lymph Nodes
All over the body: Lymph nodes, sometimes incorrectly called "glands" & are a vital part of immune system. They filter out foreign particles including bacteria and malignant cells. Can limit spread of infections. Can become enlarged with infection or cancer cells. Which is useful for "staging" tumors. However, enlargement, especially in children, is benign more often than not. Always consult your dr. When in doubt. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Inguinal lymph nodes can be bilateral or unilateral but are usually quite small. Any nodes bigger that 1 1/2 cm are bothersome and need to be further investigated! ...Read more
Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere 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
I've had swollen inguinal lymph nodes both sides for a year and recently the ones on the left have become bigger and painful. Thoughts?
Need to see a doc: For complete evaluation . If it were I infection you would think they would have gone away by now not gotten larger ...Read more
2 Inguinal lymph nodes(symmetrical).
2 docs say de can stay forever common for guys my age (16) true? Also if poke them can they get bigger/stay lnger
No worries: Your doctor is right. It's common to feel lymph nodes in the groin in healthy people, generally due to past minor infections. As long as they aren't particularly large or tender, nothing need be done. Your doc also is correct about poking and prodding making them more tender, larger, or persist longer. Hands off. ...Read more
Lymph nodes: What's more likely is you are 'noticing' your lymph nodes now that you've sustained an injury. These 'groin' lymph nodes are almost always slightly enlarged to some degree because of bowel function. Poop is loaded with bacteria, and with daily BMs, the immune system stays on alert to prevent any complications from normal biological function. To be sure-have a MD check these out at your next visit. ...Read more
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There is a rash that has suddenly developed directly above my swollen inguinal lymph nodes. What could this be?
The word "rash": The word rash is too ambiguous to even begin to comment upon in any valid medical way. But, if something has developed rapidly and you have other proof you are ill then you sign off of the internet, make a phone call to your doctor, and then go get seen in person at the family medical clinic. Please go to the doctor today. ...Read more
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