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Enlarged lymph nodes, swollen underarm, enlarged tonsil. No pain. What are these symptoms of?

Enlarged lymph nodes, swollen underarm, enlarged tonsil. No pain. What are these symptoms of?

Different areas: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it sees a problem, it alerts immune system and the body reacts. They enlarge when they react. The locations suggest your problems are not related, a doc can help untangle this. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Knox
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Enlarged Tonsils (Definition)

This is a complex question. We grade tonsil size by how large they are with respect to the tonsillar pillars. 1+ is small and in the fossa, 2+ is no larger than the fossa but to the fossas, 3 + larger than the fossa or pillars, 4+ touching each other. As we get older the tonsils should recede and get smaller. Enlarged tonsils decrease the size of ...Read more


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Enlarged lymph nodes, swollen underarm, enlarged tonsil. No pain. What does this sound like?

Enlarged lymph nodes, swollen underarm, enlarged tonsil. No pain. What does this sound like?

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 is going on with my lip?! It hurts so bad and there is a lot of other things going on in my mouth and everything is swollen.&Swollen lymph nodes

What is going on with my lip?! It hurts so bad and there is a lot of other things going on in my mouth and everything is swollen.&Swollen lymph nodes

See Dentist: See the Dentist ASAP. If what you are describing involves painful areas all inside your mouth and you feel sluggish, cranky, and it hurts to eat, and the little points between your teeth are flattening out, and you have a fever, then get in right away. These are symptoms for ANUG or trenchmouth. May also be primary herpes. Get in there to be seen. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Can TMJ pain start at any time? Saw dds in apr. For exam had no problems. Now pain when opening mouth but also swollen lymph nodes in neck.

Can TMJ pain start at any time? Saw dds in apr. For exam had no problems. Now pain when opening mouth but also swollen lymph nodes in neck.

Definitely: Tmj (disorder) can occur at anytime and can come and go with periods of stress or difference in routine. Swollen lymph nodes are not commonly associated and I would go back for a quick check up in case it's actually something else. ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph nodes for over year. Now my tounge and roof of mouth hurts. I have a sore on roof of mouth. My ears also hurt?

I've had swollen lymph nodes for over year. Now my tounge and roof of mouth hurts. I have a sore on roof of mouth. My ears also hurt?

Active/swollen nodes: Aka lymphadenopathy, that have been symptomatic for a year suggest a chronic problem w infection or systemic issues. This is not normal. Get to your otolaryngologist or oral surgeon asap. Very important that you be examined and find the source of this long-standing issue. ...Read more

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I have thrush. I have sores in my mouth but am now experiencing swollen lymph nodes kind of close to my chin. Is this normal? Taking nystatin for it

I have thrush. I have sores in my mouth but am now experiencing swollen lymph nodes kind of close to my chin.  Is this normal?  Taking nystatin for it

Not Normal: Thrush in the mouth is usually after taking a course of antibiotics but other conditions can cause it. The sores in the mouth might indicate that you have a predisposing condition for both. Lymph nodes can be reactive. You need to connect with on of the healthtap MD or see your local MD. ...Read more

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Does HIV cause 3 mild swollen lymph nodes in one side of the neck? No other nodes are swollen in all my body? I tested negative!

Does HIV cause 3 mild swollen lymph nodes in one side of the neck? No other nodes are swollen in all my body? I tested negative!

Unlikely: The unilateral involvement suggests that It is more likely from an upper respiratory tract infection or a bacterial infection in areas above the neck at that side (sinusitis, dental abscess etc). You would be much sicker if the problem is from HIV. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes, one on either side of neck. Both small, between .5cm-1cm? Should I worry? Is the symmetry a good sign? How long should I wait?

Swollen lymph nodes, one on either side of neck. Both small, between .5cm-1cm? Should I worry? Is the symmetry a good sign? How long should I wait?

Lymph nodes: Small less than 1 cm freely movable not matted to surrounding tissue. Not source of great concern. But should be monitored. If change enlargement of other symptoms fever night sweats fatigue further evaluation indicated. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck, that are all soft. Moveable and under 1cm except one is 1.5 cm. Temps of 99.2 frequently and chills? Been for 3 years!

Swollen lymph nodes in neck, that are all soft. Moveable and under 1cm except one is 1.5 cm. Temps of 99.2 frequently and chills? Been for 3 years!

Go to see MD: You should go to see your doctor and get yourself checked. There are different things like autoimmune disorder, infection, chronic inflammation or malignancy — at your age- hodgkin's lymphoma, testicular cancer are things to be ruled out. However, since you mentioned that it has been there for 3 years -then hodgkin's, leukemia /ca would be less likely-as the problem. Go to see your doc for eval. ...Read more

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I have had reoccurring swollen lymph nodes under both armpits with no other symptoms. Could this be from deodorant? One will go away then come back.

I have had reoccurring swollen lymph nodes under both armpits with no other symptoms. Could this be from deodorant? One will go away then come back.

You R right: Avoid stick deodorant. Stop shaving that area. Soap and water to keep area clean. May need a short course of antibiotic. Once cleared .....preventive measures will help avoid recurrence. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause slightly swollen lymph nodes (5-10mm) in one side of the neck?

Can smoking cause slightly swollen lymph nodes (5-10mm) in one side of the neck?

Not likely: Lymph nodes on one side of the neck need to be evaluated by your physician and a complete physical need to be done. If you are smoking, please stop. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and more sensitive. Should I be concerned?

I have swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and more sensitive. Should I be concerned?

Get exam now: May not just be nodes. If fixed/stuck & painless, then suspicious for mass requiring biopsy. If masses are mobile — if you can roll them around under your skin & are tender, that's relatively reassuring: they're reactive (to infection) and unlikely to be cancer. Get exam now. May be hidradenitis suppurativa or abscess which would require aspiration/drainage, packing, culture & antibiotics. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and one not. What does it mean if the red one is more sensitive?

Swollen lymph nodes in both armpits. One red and one not. What does it mean if the red one is more sensitive?

Probable infection: Tender, swollen red lymph nodes usually indicate an infection. Under the arm may be due to an infected hair follicle. See a doctor to determine if antibiotics might be required. ...Read more

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My 3.5 year old son has had some swollen lymph nodes since april when he caught strep they are still enlarged?

My 3.5 year old son has had some swollen lymph nodes since april when he caught strep they are still enlarged?

Doctor can re-check: Young children can have swollen lymph nodes for months, especially if they catch a cold or a strep throat every couple of months. It is important to see the same doctor, so that the same person is examining the child's neck. He can compare his exams from different visits, and can also swab the throat for strep at follow-up visits. There are few rare, bad diseases that also cause persistent nodes. ...Read more

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Can I have one or two swollen lymph nodes in my neck(one side) for 10 months and be still healthy? Can have them for no. Reson?

Can I have one or two swollen lymph nodes in my neck(one side) for 10 months and be still healthy? Can have them for no. Reson?

Yes: The nodes will not be swollen for no reason, but the reason isn't necessarily a problem with your health. Lymph nodes increase in size when the immune system is fighting something, like an infection or injury. Having said that, big or painful lymph nodes that don't shrink back down should be evaluated. In your age group, lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, is a rare but real possibility. Hyj/k. ...Read more

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Good morning I had notice this morning (suddenly)that I have one swollen lymph nodes on each side of my groin area(female), what could this be?

Good morning I had notice this morning (suddenly)that I have one swollen lymph nodes on each side of my groin area(female), what could this be?

Possible tumor: Bilaterality of nodal disease in the groin is inflammatory or neoplastic. How large are the nodes and how firm?. Inflammation is tender. Tumor not tender. Area around anus should be checked for perianal lesion. If lesion is considered suspicious, the node must be removed for dx rather than needle bx which can be misinterpreted. ...Read more

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My 4 month son has swollen lymph nodes on one side of his neck. They are small, movable, and shrinking slowly. Should I be concerned? He had a cold

My 4 month son has swollen lymph nodes on one side of his neck. They are small, movable, and shrinking slowly. Should I be concerned? He had a cold

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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Good morning I had notice this morning (suddenly)that I have one swollen lymph nodes on each side of my groin area(female), no pain, what could this b?

Good morning I had notice this morning (suddenly)that I have one swollen lymph nodes on each side of my groin area(female), no pain, what could this b?

Inflammation: Lymph nodes enlarge because of some inflammation in their area of drainage. Sometimes this can occur if you have a herpes outbreak or any other infection in the genital area. Let your doctor know if this does not resolve withing a week ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and one under left side of my chin my skin isn't red there not painfull they just sit there not hard?

I have swollen lymph nodes in my neck and one under left side of my chin my skin isn't red there not painfull they just sit there not hard?

Have it evaluated: Lymph node enlargement is normally infections and may come from the skin or from a dental abscess. With no obvious cause you should have it evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes on one side of groin for 1mth now. No visible sores or cuts. Haven't had sex in over 3 months. What could it be? Mild discomfort

2 swollen lymph nodes on one side of groin for 1mth now. No visible sores or cuts. Haven't had sex in over 3 months. What could it be? Mild discomfort

R.O. Tumor: Enlarged or swollen lymph glands in groin not normal The process is inflammatory or tumor. Inflammatory nodes usually resolve and are tender arising from a site of inflammation usually on abdominal wall. Must R.O. primary or metastatic tumor to nodes. Check for skin lesions of lower abdominal wall, legs, or perianal region. If no site found bx of node to consider followed by needed therapy. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes on my neck. One since 3 weeks ago. I've noticed the others 3 days ago. No symptoms, just my rhinitis is more active.WORRIED?

I have swollen lymph nodes on my neck. One since 3 weeks ago. I've noticed the others 3 days ago. No symptoms, just my rhinitis is more active.WORRIED?

Sinus infection?: Potential answers include sinusitis (often related to prolonged nasal congestion or after a cold), dental abscess, gum disease or any infection above the neck. See your doctor and get checked out. ...Read more

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I have had 2 swollen lymph nodes on side of my neck for 3 months and just found 2 in my groin. All hard except one is soft and size of a bean. None hu?

I have had 2 swollen lymph nodes on side of my neck for 3 months and just found 2 in my groin. All hard except one is soft and size of a bean. None hu?

See MD: You need to see an internist and have a full exam. These nodes can turn out to be nothing more than a few hypertrophic (enlarged) nodes or a host of other aliments. In any event a real history physical and labs are required ...Read more

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My son has what looks like swollen lymph nodes. One large on the left of his neck and a smaller one on the right. He has no signs of illness???

My son has what looks like swollen lymph nodes. One large on the left of his neck and a smaller one on the right. He has no signs of illness???

Not unusual: Children can have enlarged lymph nodes with or without infectious causes. Most of the time these are just reactive lymph nodes and will resolve over time. Seek immediate treatment if the lymph node is red, warm or painful. If the lymph node does not resolve in a 4-5 days have his primary care provider evaluate the lymph node. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands = inflamed lymph nodes (doesn't actually ...Read more