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Dr. Jefferson Chen
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Why are the lymph nodes in my neck always swollen? Is it bad?

Dr. Jefferson Chen
Board Certified, Neurosurgery
29 years in practice
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Why are the lymph nodes in my neck always swollen? Is it bad?

Have it checked out: Lymph nodes that are swollen and painful constantly may be a reflection of chronic infection. The enlarged lymph nodes may also be a manifestation of lymphoma which is a type of cancer that affects the white blood cells and is localized to the lymph nodes. This should be evaluated by your doctors. ...Read more

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. William Culviner
Board Certified, ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
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Dear Dr., a lymph node in my neck always seems swollen/enlarged in the morning, or if I wake up in the middle of the night. I am not sick. ?

Dr. William Culviner
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Dear Dr., a lymph node in my neck always seems swollen/enlarged in the morning, or if I wake up in the  middle of the night. I am not sick. ?

Neck lymph nodes: They are typically small , less than 1.0 cm and not easy to feel. 1.5 cm is enlarged. Lymph nodes often react to acute or chronic inflammation in the area they drain . See an ENT for a good head and neck exam and further work--up, as necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Alexander Gamber
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Could an infection in tooth or gums cause a swollen cervical lymph node in neck? I have been having problems with teeth on the affected side.

Dr. Alexander Gamber
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Could an infection in tooth or gums cause a swollen cervical lymph node in neck? I have been having problems with teeth on the affected side.

Sure could: if the teeth in question have been hurting a while and an infection has been percolating down in that area for a while, it definitely could affect your lymph nodes. Try to get to your dentist as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Glyman
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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What would cause posterior cervical lymph node pain and swelling? R neck is swollen, pain from base of skull down to front of neck/throat

Dr. Mark Glyman
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
27 years in practice
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What would cause posterior cervical lymph node pain and swelling? R neck is swollen, pain from base of skull down to front of neck/throat

Many possibilities.: There are a variety of things that could cause these problems at your age. Infections(cat scratch disease, mononucleosis), dental /sinus disease), are most often the cause. However, more serious problems occur in this age group. Please see your internest, ent. Or oral/maxillofacial surgeon asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Ajay Acharya
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Dr. Bradford Romans
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Swollen lymph node in neck? It moves around and its small im 16 and scared does it always mean something's wrong? Will i die? I feel fine

Dr. Bradford Romans
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Swollen lymph node in neck? It moves around and its small im 16 and scared 
does it always mean something's wrong? Will i die? I feel fine

Neck mass: Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck are very common and are usually benign.They may indicate infection or other things.The best is to show your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane Lykins
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Having a cough with phlegm and nose always seems to be stuffy but no mucus comes out an also a swollen lymph node in neck? Is this a cold? It's been a week and it seems it won't go away.

Dr. Jane Lykins
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Having a cough with phlegm and nose always seems to be stuffy but no mucus comes out an also a swollen lymph node in neck? Is this a cold?  It's been a week and it seems it won't go away.

Could be allergies: Swollen nasal passages often occur with allergies, and drainage can go down the back of your throat causing you to cough up phlegm. Try a steroid nasal spray like Flonase (now available over the counter) plus an antihistamine like loratadine. If still no improvement in 3-4 days, get checked out! ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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I have a lymph node in neck n its been swollen for years and now its big and wont go down. No bad side effects. Should I leave it alone and not worry?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Worrisome?: A lymphnode that changes or enlarges is very concerning. Duration is concerning. My advice is to get it checked out. It most likely should be biopsied. There are some bad reasons that lymph nodes in the neck swell and enlarge. Don't chance it! get chcked. See pcp, ent, surgeion, oncologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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I have had a swollen lymph node in neck for a long time now what can I do about it?

Dr. Liawaty Ho
Board Certified, Hematology and Oncology
18 years in practice
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I have had a swollen lymph node in neck for a long time now what can I do about it?

Swollen lymph node: Swollen lymph node can be caused by many things like infection, trauma/irritation/ inflammation, malignancy etc.Swollen lymph gland on the neck is usually a reactive process from something located on the mouth or other head and neck area.If swollen lymph nodes becomes persistent go to see your primary care doctor and get yourself checked ...Read more

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Dr. Victor Bonuel
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Swollen lymph node in neck for several months, what's wrong?

Dr. Victor Bonuel
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
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Swollen lymph node in neck for several months, what's wrong?

Go see your DR: Most lymph nodes are benign/non-cancerous and can be due to recurring infection in your throat and surrounding skin. But if they are numerous and getting bigger, you may need to be biopsied to rule out any serious ailment including lymphoma. God bless! http://www.Patient.Co.Uk/health/swollen-lymph-glands. ...Read more

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