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Swollen Glands (Definition)

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


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I have painful swollen lymph nodes under my arm pits and along the sides of my breasts. Should I worry? They have been this way for four weeks. I have no other signs of infection. They are really painful. Could it be cancer?

I have painful swollen lymph nodes under my arm pits and along the sides of my breasts. Should I worry? They have been this way for four weeks. I have no other signs of infection. They are really painful. Could it be cancer?

Yes: It is unusual to have breast cancer causing enlarged lymph nodes without a mass in your breast but not impossible
you should see your doctor and have your situation evaluated
an ultrasound and mammogram would be helpful in your work up. ...Read more

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Left shpulder blade pain going into neck. Swollen lymph nodes under arm. Pinched nerve?

Left shpulder blade pain going into neck. Swollen lymph nodes under arm. Pinched nerve?

Pinched Nerves: Swollen lymph nodes in the arm pit is a concern for a physician. It is possible there are two different pathologies or conditions going on here. From the picture, it looks like there is climbing which could explain shoulder blade pain radiating to the neck and might be a pinched nerve. It would be a stretch to equate a pinched nerve to swollen glands like this. I would see a doctor and soon. ...Read more

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Periodic swollen lymph nodes under armpit. Tender to touch. Very small, can barely feel but it does hurt. 3rd occurrence. Different arms.?

Periodic swollen lymph nodes under armpit. Tender to touch. Very small, can barely feel but it does hurt. 3rd occurrence. Different arms.?

Hidradenitis: Periodic swelling of glands in arm pit would be more clearly defined especially with relationship to causative factors such as a primary site of inflammation spreading to nodes. Also recurrence appearing at random at different sites and with glands so small they are difficult to palpate. Appears more likely to be inflammation of sweat glands in armpit possibly secondary to shaving. ...Read more

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I keep getting swollen lymph nodes in my under arm. Around 4 months back I got one and it was infectedthe doctor removed it through a minor cut and t?

I keep getting swollen lymph nodes in my under arm. Around 4 months back I got one and it was infectedthe doctor removed it through a minor cut and t?

Not lymph nodes: Appears to be other processes than lymph nodes which don't just swell unless metastatic disease or severe infection present. The nodes are high up and adjacent to veins extending to arm. Sounds like you have had several infected sebaceous cysts or sweat glands that when not responding to soaks and antibiotics require local exceision. ...Read more

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I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?

I have two swollen lymph nodes on back of neck at night swell during the day they shrink some on right side under arm is sore but no knot please help?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Cancer at your age would be unusual, but not impossible. If it persists beyond a month, you should see someone who can evaluate it with a needle aspiration bx or similar diagnostic procedure. ...Read more

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What can I do for swollen lymph nodes under armpit?

See your doctor: If you haven't already done so, you should see your doctor to determine the best course of action for you. ...Read more

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How come I have swollen lymph nodes under my armpit?

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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Please can I get some advice?, I have an swollen lymph nodes under my armpit I didn't really care about it I don't know how to distinguish if it is movable, tender or hard?

Get evaluated: 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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Would swollen lymph nodes under armpit show up in a chest xray?

Would swollen lymph nodes under armpit show up in a chest xray?

Imaging studies: They might, but interpretation might be difficult depending upon their size. Ct scan would be much more valuable. ...Read more

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I'm worried about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit--i can't feel them but my doctor did?

Let your doctor guid: Your doctor can guide you further. Nodes are worrisome if they are hard to palpation and are more than one cm in size. So ask your doctor about what he/she thinks these are due to? If they are getting bigger a x-ray/scan or a biopsy may be needed if the doctor suspects that the nodes are diseased. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes under armpit, no other symptoms, 51 days since exposure. HIV ars? Please help!

See a doctor: And have the nodes examined. It could be many things but if it appears serious the doctor may want to biopsy it ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit? I can't feel them but my doctor did?

Should I be concerned about swollen lymph nodes under one armpit? I can't feel them but my doctor did?

Continue following: It is more likely than not that the enlarged lymph node is benign. Unilateral lymph-node enlargement can be caused by a myriad of things that can stimulate the immune system such as animal scratch, a puncture wound in that hand or arm while gardening, a skin irritation on the arm or chest wall on that side. I recommend that you continue to let your doctor follow-up with you as he recommends. ...Read more

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How come I have swollen lymph nodes in left armpit?

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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Armpit swollen lymph nodes caused by shaving. How long it'll take them to go away?

Armpit swollen lymph nodes caused by shaving. How long it'll take them to go away?

Difficult to say: There are several things to consider. It could be just run of the mill mild folliculitis...But there is also something called hydradinitis supperativa. The latter is more acne like and takes far long to treat and go away. For now. Stop shaving. Make sure you replace the razor frequently and sterilize it in chlorox or the like in between shaves. ...Read more

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What could be the cause for recurring swollen lymph nodes in armpit? Each time it gets swollen it goes away by itself. Is it a cause for concern?

What could be the cause for recurring swollen lymph nodes in armpit? Each time it gets swollen it goes away by itself. Is it a cause for concern?

Infection: Possible infection especially sweat glands, but if does go away next time see your doctor. A
so if you r having recurrent problem u need chek up by ur doctor. ...Read more

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What are the causes of deep armpit lumps and swollen lymph nodes?

Many reasons: Multiple different problems could be causing swollen glands in the armpit ranging from infection to cancer.
Persistent swollen glands need to checked by a physician. ...Read more

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String like cord under my armpit after having swollen Lymph nodes  or boil. What is the problem? Should I worry?

Probable vein: Once swollen lymph nodes are noted in axilla, they are in close proximity to the main axillary artery and vein in that region. The nodes are associated with a secondary inflammatory process that has probably produced a thrombosis in side veins adjacent to the main vein draining the arm thru axilla into subclavian vein. Best approach if no temp present Is to use warm compresses over the area. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes, armpit and groin area. What could be wrong?

Needs to be checked: You have swollen lymph glands in two different areas of your body and it needs to be evalated by your physician
usually you can have swollen nodes in armpit due to an infection in arm or from the breast. And same for swollen glands in your groin
but you have glands in two places and you need a detailed history and complete physical exam to find out the cause and treat appropriately. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes in my armpit and groin, what could it be?

I have swollen lymph nodes in my armpit and groin, what could it be?

Several things: Swollen nodes can be due to injury or infection. However, since you have swollen nodes at distant sites in the body, namely armpit and groin, this raises the possibility of cancer such as lymphoma. You should not ignore it and should go see your doctor for an assessment. ...Read more

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How to deal with swollen lymph nodes in my armpit and groin area?

See a doctor: Lymph nodes can be enlarged for many reasons. The cannot be dealt with until the cause is found. A doctor's visit is necessary to establish the reason for the enlarged nodes. ...Read more

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What could two soft lumps under the armpit mean? Only spot I feel swollen lymph nodes.

Cyst or lymph node: Lumps in the axillae/arm pit are usually sebaceous/glandular cysts or lymph nodes. The cysts will usually seem to be part of the skin or just below it. The cysts can also turn red and develop a pustular head that bursts, like a large pimple. Warm compress accelerates healing. The lymph nodes are deep, under the skin. Lymph nodes or progressive swelling needs evaluation by a primary care providr ...Read more

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I have 2 swollen lymph nodes, one in my groin area and one between my boob n armpit, what could this be?!

I have 2 swollen lymph nodes, one in my groin area and one between my boob n armpit, what could this be?!

Infection or cancer: Go in right away and see your doctor. Lymph nodes get enlarged when they are fighting an infection or have cancer. A good history and physical with right blood tests and x-rays is the only way to figure it out. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

Swollen lymph nodes in neck and a hard, movable lump in armpit. Normal CBC from one week ago. Any idea what it can be? Very anxious right now.

See details: Numerous issues can cause lymph node enlargement but the hard mass in the armpit does give one cause for concern. Without knowing your history and being able to examine the areas involved, it is difficult to give specific advice. However, I would urge a complete evaluation including ct scan if this persists. ...Read more

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How can I get my dr to listen to my concerns about more swollen lymph nodes in neck and crease of arm? What tests should I ask for?

Exam: You should get a complete exam to include a CBC, sed rate and CMP for starters. If your physician is not addressing your concerns- get a second opinion. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes that are under my arm pit and legs that hurt. Is this normal or not?

I have swollen lymph nodes that are under my arm pit and legs that hurt. Is this normal or not?

Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes swell and fluctuate usually due to the inflammatory reaction of infection. Pain also usually means infection and not cancer. If bacterial in origin, then antibiotics may help. If it persists beyond a month, you should see someone who can evaluate it with a needle aspiration bx or similar diagnostic procedure. ...Read more

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What could be other reason for swollen lymph nodes in arms, other than hiv, flu or being hurt. Please advise?

Many: Enlarged lymph nodes often indicate an immune response to a foreign invaders (viral, bacteria etc) and are not specific for any disease. If persistent, they may indicate the presence of leukemia or lymphoma as well. ...Read more

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I'm having serious arm pain. I'm wondering if it could have anything to do with the swollen lymph nodes behind my ear?

Doubt it: The lymph nodes behind your ear drain from the tissues of the ear and scalp in general. The lymph nodes of the arm pit drain the breast, chest, arm, and thorax areas. I do not see a connection between the arm pain and the lymph nodes behind the ear. ...Read more

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I have a huge spot of swollen lymph nodes on my left arm just below the elbow on the thin side of hand. This has hurt and been achy since yesterday.

Should be seen by MD: Achy, painful swelling in forearm most likely from bite, bruise, or infection. Suspect insect bite or sting, cat scratch, or injury. Other rare possibilities. Worry if red, shiny top, soft center, fever, chill, or streak. Would have a health care professional examine it in next 24 hours. OK to take acetaminophen. Probably not serious, but best to be careful. ...Read more

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Hello, 1 week ago I had unprotected sex, and now I'm experiencing swollen lymph nodes in my arm. Can this be due to some Std like HIV?

Hello, 1 week ago I had unprotected sex, and now I'm experiencing swollen lymph nodes in my arm. Can this be due to some Std like HIV?

No: Unprotected sex is only a problem if the male partner is uncircumcised. Here the foreskin can harbor both HPV and HIV. In either instance developing the infectious process could take months. With HPV in situ CA of cervix would develop and nodes in axilla would not be involved. With HIV the partner would almost have to know of his problem and the eventual disease becomes systemic. ...Read more

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Bone pain legs arms back pain swollen lymph nodes slurred speech. What are these symptoms of?

Toxins: Bone pain is a specific finding in cadmium toxicity and is known a itai-itai disease. That means ouch ouch as a pain response to touching the bones. Other symptoms also fit this picture.

Find a doctor to detoxify you from these toxins.
Acam is a source for referral. ...Read more

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I found a rock hard lump behind my ear today. It doesn't hurt, or itch. I have had a few swollen lymph nodes around my arms and legs lately. Related?

I found a rock hard lump behind my ear today. It doesn't hurt, or itch. I have had a few swollen lymph nodes around my arms and legs lately. Related?

Go to your Doctor: Hard lymph nodes are suspect. They should be checked by your doctor who may consider a biopsy and run other tests to find out the cause. Watch and see if the lymph nodes/or the hard mass is growing in size which makes them suspect for a more serious condition than otherwise. ...Read more