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My 4 year old son has swollen glands in his neck and 2 on the back of his head, that are quite large. He has not been sick, and I am very worried.

My 4 year old son has swollen glands in his neck and 2 on the back of his head, that are quite large. He has not been sick, and I am very worried.

Bug bites ? shots?: Glandular swelling can be a non specific response to vaccines or systemic viral illnesses, even if there are no other outward signs of the illness. Bug bites or skin rashes can also lead to regional node swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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What can I do if my 9 year old son has a swollen gland on the back of his neck, what could it be?

What can I do if my 9 year old son has a swollen gland on the back of his neck, what could it be?

Lymph node: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size.They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more

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My son is getting over a 3 day fever. Fever gone. he has swollen glands on the back of one side of his neck only and under on side of chin. Normal?

My son is getting over a 3 day fever. Fever gone. he has swollen glands on the back of one side of his neck only and under on side of chin. Normal?

Lymphadenopathy: These lymph nodes are busy doing what they are supposed to, fighting inflammation and helping to eliminate whatever your son had that was producing fever. They will return to normal in time. Best wishes for the holidays. ...Read more

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My throat hurts when I swallow and my neck is also stiff. My glands are swollen. I just got over a cold 3 weeks ago. I have a 4 month old son?

My throat hurts when I swallow and my neck is also stiff. My glands are swollen. I just got over a cold 3 weeks ago. I have a 4 month old son?

Exam time!: I'm glad that what you considered a cold has lost its' grip, but you do have something that your immune system is trying to fight. It needs help, so see a Dr. Those glands are working overtime and not finding success. To protect and meet the demands of raising your son, do it ASAP. See a Dr and get well soon. ...Read more

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Should my 6 year old son still have a lot of swollen glands in his neck 4 months after having epstein barr virus? He was admitted to the hospital for 2 days when he was diagnosed with mono , because he could hardly drink. Was given IV fluids.Now 4 months

Should my 6 year old son still have a lot of swollen glands in his neck 4 months after having epstein barr virus? He was admitted to the hospital for 2 days when he was diagnosed with mono , because he could hardly drink. Was given IV fluids.Now 4 months

Enlarged : Enlarged lymph nodes or "lymphadenopathy" are very common. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and enlarge with white blood cells to fight off infections when they detect a foriegn substance such as a virus or bacteria. (ever notice lumps in your neck with a sore throat?) usually these nodes shrink back down to normal size a few weeks after the infection is over, but can sometimes stay enlarged. No one is quite sure why this happens, but it's usually harmless. The nodes will never "go away" but they will become less noticeable as your child grows and the nodes do not. This is also known as "shotty lymphadenopathy" because they feel like buck shot under the skin. Other illnesses such as autoimmune disease or cancer can cause enlarged lymph nodes, but often multiple nodes are involved, they can get very large (more than 1 centimeter), keep growing instead of shrinking and are associated with other symptoms such as fever, chills, weight loss, rash, etc. Presuming that your son has no other symptoms besides these noticeable but unchanging nodes, the odds of them being anything dangerous are extremely low. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Can you lymphnodes or glands in your neck area hurt even if they are not swollen?

Can you lymphnodes or glands in your neck area hurt even if they are not swollen?

Possible...: You may have simply turned your head to far to one side and caused a small stretch. Give it a few days and see if your neck still hurts. ...Read more