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What causes occipital lymph node swelling? I'm pretty sure that's what I have on the left side it's only one it's been there for about 3 months

What causes occipital lymph node swelling? I'm pretty sure that's what I have on the left side it's only one it's been there for about 3 months

Ans: The lymph nodes can become inflamed for many reSons. You may have had an infection and thus the lymph nodes become reactive. They do eventually resolve takes a while. Now considering the nodes are enlarged only on one side and you are so young best to see a doctor and get examined ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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What are the causes for a unilateral occipital lymph node swelling on the left side? Barber noticed it/been there now 2 weeks n 1 day/should I c ent?

What are the causes for a unilateral occipital lymph node swelling on the left side? Barber noticed it/been there now 2 weeks n 1 day/should I c ent?

Irritants/ bites: Solo enlarged nodes are usually reflective of a local process. Irritation of the scalp, a local bug bite, etc. Nodes usually run a 3-4 week cycle of enlrging when stimulated, processing their irritant and returning to resting size. If continuing to enlarge, painful or persisting in an enlarged size after 3-4 wks, I would have it looked at. ...Read more

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Can touching lymph nodes make them swell? My 2 yo has large occipital nodes. It worries me b/c leukemia scare 6 months ago. It was mono. Advice please

Can touching lymph nodes make them swell? My 2 yo has large occipital nodes. It worries me b/c leukemia scare 6 months ago. It was mono. Advice please

Lymph nodes: No touching the nodes will not make them swell. Most lymph node enlargement in a two year old is due to upper respiratory infections caused by viruses. ...Read more

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What would cause lymph nodes to swell on back of head. Under 1.5 CM but on both sides. Swell up and down.?

What would cause lymph nodes to swell on back of head. Under 1.5 CM but on both sides. Swell up and down.?

Lymph node swelling: Lymph nodes are part of your body's natural defense against both infections and foreign objects. Around the neck and head is the most common place for them to enlarge since they help to fight colds, ear infections, sinus infections, scalp infections, and dental. Enlarged lymph nodes in the back of your head usually come from scalp infections, ear infections (sometimes just from ear rings). ...Read more

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How do I reduce the swelling of the lymph-nodes under my neck!?

How do I reduce the swelling of the lymph-nodes under my neck!?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system by enlarging in response. Prolonged enlargement should be biopsied. If no problem, they shrink. ...Read more

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How do I stop the constant itching and extreme swelling of lymph nodes?

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How do I stop the constant itching and extreme swelling of lymph nodes?

Go to see MD: If you have extremelly swollen lymph nodes and itching- you should go to see your doctor and have yourself checked. While it may be caused by irritation, infection, inflammation etc- however - condition like hodgkin's lymphoma has to be ruled out for a c/o extremelly swollen glands and itchiness- especially at your age range. Go to see md for further eval. You may also need to have biopsy. ...Read more

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Please help me! How can I reduce the swelling of the lymph-nodes under my neck?

Please help me! How can I reduce the swelling of the lymph-nodes under my neck?

Find Reason: You need to see your doctor or dentist to find out. If they are swollen, then they are collecting bacteria. Where do you have an infection that is feeding them? Stop the infection. ...Read more

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What causes swelling of lymph nodes in armpit?

What causes swelling of lymph nodes in armpit?

Various things: Lymph nodes enlargement can be caused by various reasons- among them would include- infection (especially in the arm pit- infection of the root of the hair is common), inflammation, wound/trauma/scratches etc, malignancy - for instance- spread from adjacent organ like breast, or lymphoma etc. Infection would be the most common, see your doc and have yourself checked. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have swelling of the lymph nodes?

What does it mean if you have swelling of the lymph nodes?

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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My wound is causing lymph nodes to swell and be painful. Is there anything I can do to reduce the swelling/pain?

My wound is causing lymph nodes to swell and be painful. Is there anything I can do to reduce the swelling/pain?

Infected wound: It sounds like your wound is infected. Have it looked at and possibly cultured. You may have to be on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can CBC show the causes of swelling lymph nodes?

Can CBC show the causes of swelling lymph nodes?

No it is only a guid: It is only a guide and your physician will need a lot more information and if necessary a lymph node biopsy or removal. ...Read more

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What could cause swelling in lymph nodes in groin?

What could cause swelling in lymph nodes in groin?

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

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What could cause the swelling of lymph nodes in groin?

What could cause the swelling of lymph nodes in groin?

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

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Swelling Lymph nodes How should I wait after antibiotic?

Swelling Lymph nodes How should I wait after antibiotic?

Swollen Lymph Nodes: If the swollen lymph nodes are due to a local bacterial infection and the bacterium is sensitive to the antibiotic, you should see noticeable results in 24-48 hours. The nodes should be less painful and start shrinking in size. If nothing happens at all in that time period, the antibiotic may not be the right agent and your doctor should review the Culture and Sensitivity report and pick another. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

What could be the cause of the swelling between my neck and shoulder? Is that a place for lymph nodes?

Could be: Lymph nodes are all over the body. You cannot feel most of them but the head and neck area have many which can be felt and that shallow pocket above your collarbone is one area where they are appreciated. There are, however, other causes for swelling and depending upon your symptoms, if this doesn't go away see your doctor. ...Read more

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Should I stop touching lymph nodes? I heard that if I keep touching them they might keep swelling. Its just hard not to because of stress and anxiety

Should I stop touching lymph nodes? I heard that if I keep touching them they might keep swelling. Its just hard not to because of stress and anxiety

If you have swollen: Lymph notes you need to see your doctor. Please see him/her to rule out possible medical conditions. Please visit a clinical psychologist because you MAY have an anxiety disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We create rituals or behaviors to control a largely un-controllable world. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can seasonal allergies cause swelling of the lymph nodes?

Can seasonal allergies cause swelling of the lymph nodes?

Yes: Seasonal allergies can cause localized node swelling if there is a secondary infection. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Swelling in the right groin. I lift weights in the gym. I don't see any hard swelling of the lymph nodes but the swelling is soft. The pain radiates?

Swelling in the right groin. I lift weights in the gym. I don't see any hard swelling of the lymph nodes but the swelling is soft. The pain radiates?

Groin swelling: A groin swelling in weight lifters, espeically where it is soft and fluctant, is most likely to be a hernia. If it occurs to the side of the bladder area it is what they call a 'direct' hernia; if it is a swelling that comes through a little opening at the top of either side of the scrotum/inguinal canal, it is an indirect hernia. Self-treatment is with a truss (a support garment) or surgery. ...Read more

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why I have a persisting pain in the left side of my neck and there is a palpable movable lymph nodes in it but there is no swelling its like Peas?

Lymph node: Neck masses are generally infectious, inflammatory, congenital or neoplastic. Those < 1 cm which are oval and mobile are usually lymph nodes. These may be associated with a recent or past infection. Persistent neck mass should be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ENT) ...Read more

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What would be issue of my lymph nodes swelling by neck and behind knee?

What would be issue of my lymph nodes swelling by neck and behind knee?

Perhaps many: Enlarged lymph nodes usually is indicative of an infection. However, the lymph system can be affected by certain tumors such as lymphoma. The separate distances of the enlarged lymph nodes would concern me and I would recommend you be seen by your pcp. You may need to see a surgeon for biopsy and you may need further testing by bloood and imaging studies. Fever? Weight loss? Other symptoms? ...Read more

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After a pulled groin I've developed swelling in my lymph nodes. What would this accur from & how to treat?

After a pulled groin I've developed swelling in my lymph nodes. What would this accur from & how to treat?

Very common: Trauma to the groin area is the most common cause of inguinal lymph nodes swelling. Se your PCP for eval. ...Read more

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What can I do to reduce swelling of the lymph nodes / salivary glands?

What can I do to reduce swelling of the lymph nodes / salivary glands?

See your Dentist: You need to see your dentist to determine if the swelling is lymph node or salivary, very different treatment depending on location. ...Read more

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Swelling in many lymph nodes in my left size of my neck no pain When should I see doctor?

See doctor soon: Persistent lymph nodes can be from many causes. Important to have an exam and someone ask you questions about your health ...Read more