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Earache, on and off voice hoarseness, neck pain, swollen glands, occasional congestion for 3+ weeks. Oc drugs don't help. Concerning?

Earache, on and off voice hoarseness, neck pain, swollen glands, occasional congestion  for 3+ weeks. Oc drugs don't help. Concerning?

Earache on and off: Your question does not mention what over the counter medications you used.Based on you question it seems your symptoms are related to allergy and there may or mey not be any infectious process.You need to consult your doctor and may benefit from allergy medicine and decongestants, if there is no evidence of infection in throat or ears, if there is one then you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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Hi. I'm a nurse. I provide direct patient care. Have had sore throat, swollen glands and occasional productive cough. Is it safe to go to work?

Hi. I'm a nurse. I provide direct patient care. Have had sore throat, swollen glands and occasional productive cough.  Is it safe to go to work?

No...: I would suggest to stay home for a couple of days, and since this might be most likely associated to a virus, rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you are providing direct patient care it is definitely not safe to expose other people(especially those that are frail) to a potentially contagious illness. If you get worse or very sick see your doctor for needed treatment. Hope you get better soon. ...Read more

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For 5 years I have felt constantly fatigued. Frequent muscle & joint pain. Occasional nausea. I regularly get sore throat & swollen glands?

For 5 years I have felt constantly fatigued. Frequent muscle &  joint pain. Occasional nausea. I regularly get sore throat & swollen  glands?

? CFS : You may have chronic fatigue syndrome. It is medically unexplained fatigue for over 6 months not relieved by rest and interfering with normal activities plus 4 or more of the following: impared memory/concentration sore throat tender neck or axillary lymph nodes muscle pain multijoint pain new headaches unrefreshing sleep postexertion malaise. ...Read more

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How do you develope swollen glands?

How do you develope swollen glands?

Lymphadenopathy: Enlargement of the lymph nodes is recognized as a common sign of infectious, autoimmune, or malignant disease. Most commonly, in healthy individuals, the glands (lymph nodes) will enlarge as they work to fight off infections, be they viral and or bacterial...For example a child with a sore throat may develop associated swollen glands. If they stay enlarged, then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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What can I do at home for swollen glands?

What can I do at home for swollen glands?

Lymph nodes: Which glands (lymph nodes) are you referring to? If you have swollen lymph nodes in the neck and a recent upper respiratory infection, that may be normal. If you have lymph nodes in other areas like the arm pit or groin or the ones in the neck that don't go away, you need to see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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How can I relieve pain from swollen glands?

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 could cause swollen glands without sickness?

What could cause swollen glands without sickness?

Asymptomatic LN: I assume you mean swollen lymph nodes without any symptoms. This can be from a variety of different things. Infection generally causes symptoms however granulomas or cancer may not initially cause symptoms. Any asymptomatic swelling should be evaluated by a doctor to determine whether further testing should be done. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands all the time. What can I do?

See a doctor: Chronic swollen lymph nodes are fiund in so many illnesses that it is impossible to itemize here. It would be sensible to have a skilled physician examine you. ...Read more

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What can I do about swollen glands with white dots?

Culture spots: Swollen glands showing white spots does not suggest lymph glands situated along venous chains such as groin, axilla and neck. It probably is the lymphoid tissue in the oropharynx where presence of white spots reflects presence of sites of infection in glands such as tonsil. Cultures should be taken and if cervical nodes then noted, bx should be added ...Read more

Dr. John Comisi
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Enlarged Or Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands usually refers to enlarged lymph nodes. Lymph nodes may become enlarged during an infection as the nodes fill with white blood cells. ...Read more