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Can allergies be the cause of single swollen lymph node in neck? I've had it for several months and can't seem to figure out the cause

Can allergies be the cause of single swollen lymph node in neck? I've had it for several months and can't seem to figure out the cause

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 can be done for a swollen lymph node (neck)?

What can be done for a swollen lymph node (neck)?

Evaluation is key: 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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Swollen lymph node at right side of my neck, but left side seems ok. Why the difference?

Swollen lymph node at right side of my neck, but left side seems ok.  Why the difference?

Fight local infectio: Lymph nodes enlarge in response to inflammation in the area from which their drainage occurs. If you have an infected gum or tooth, have a one-sided tonsillar infection, or other similar conditions, this may be the explanation. If the node continues to enlarge, changes character (becomes hard, fixed, tender, warm to touch, etc.), or fails to resolve in time, have it examined by a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm almost 25 years old. Is it normal to have a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck at this age or should it be examined?

I'm almost 25 years old. Is it normal to have a swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck at this age or should it be examined?

Depends: If it is small mobile node, you may watch and wait. Check it about once every two weeks. If it grows in size, becomes stuck to surrounding tissue and less mobile, or if other nodes become palpable, it would be time to consult a doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I've had a marble sized swollen lymph node on the back of my neck that can be felt when I look left. Is it normal for them to stay swollen that long?

I've had a marble sized swollen lymph node on the back of my neck that can be  felt when I look left.  Is it normal for them to stay swollen that long?

? Swollen nose??: You state that you have a swollen lymph node in neck. You don't state for how long, if painful, if hard, if it is growing in size or number, if you have any associated symptoms or signs, if you have raised these concerns with your doc, and what if any his response has been? Once you know, get back with a more targeted question. ...Read more