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I think I have a swollen lymph node in my neck. It is really sore. I haven't really felt sick. It is really sore. How do I treat it?

I think I have a swollen lymph node in my neck. It is really sore. I haven't really felt sick. It is really sore. How do I treat it?

Swollen gland: Likely what you are describing is something called lymphadenopathy, which is swelling and inflammation of lymph nodes. This can lead to pain and can be aggravated by movement, depending on the location of the swollen lymph node. Generally speaking, most lymphadenopathy is caused by infectious processes. This could be viral or bacterial. If it is bacterial, the antibiotics can help.Try advil (ibuprofen) too. ...Read more

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I think I have a swollen lymph node in my armpit. It's a little sore and showed up a few days ago. I haven't been sick recently but my family has.

I think I have a swollen lymph node in my armpit.  It's a little sore and showed up a few days ago.  I haven't been sick recently but my family has.

Infections: Look over your whole arm - checking for breaks in the skin. Sometimes even the smallest breaks in the skin can lead to infections or swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged axillary lymph node under my left arm. It is visibly noticeable and quite sore. I've often had enlarged lymph nodes while I was sick bit I feel fine and this one is quite a bit larger than usual.

I have an enlarged axillary lymph node under my left arm. It is visibly noticeable and quite sore. I've often had enlarged lymph nodes while I was sick bit I feel fine and this one is quite a bit larger than usual.

Lymphadenopathy: Studies show that approximately 1.1% of primary care patients presenting with lymphadenopathy have malignancy. The axillary lymph nodes drain the breast, chest wall and upper extremity. Lymphadenopathy that is persistent >3 weeks should be investigated. Most causes of axillary lymphadenopathy are reactive in nature. A full medical history and physical exam should be performed. See your MD. ...Read more

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Tender lymph node in groin for 3 days but im not sick what could it be?

Tender lymph node in groin for 3 days but im not sick what could it be?

See below: Having these types of symptoms can best be solved by having your doctor perform a thorough evaluation. Only through this type of process can he/she discover what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Five weeks swollen Lymph Node. Started of with an illness. Node was firm and tender. Now its soft and bigger in diameter. Not sick any more though?

Five weeks swollen Lymph Node. Started of with an illness. Node was firm and tender. Now its soft and bigger in diameter. Not sick any more though?

Probably ok.: A node that swells with an obvious infection usually is benign. It may stay swollen forever, but most reactive nodes are less than 1 cm in diameter. Progressive enlargement over 1 cm, associated symptoms like redness, tenderness, fever, chills or night sweats would call for evaluation. See your healthcare provider if concerned. ...Read more

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I have a tender spot and lump on the side of my neck the size of a dime. Not visible on skin. I was sick last week. Should I be worried? Is it an inflamed lymph node?

I have a tender spot and lump on the side of my neck the size of a dime. Not visible on skin. I was sick last week. Should I be worried? Is it an inflamed lymph node?

Lymph node: A smallish tender swelling in the neck is most likely a lymph node. If the pain is not too great it makes sense to wait a few days to a week or two to see if this goes away, or at least becomes non-tender and smaller, before running to a doctor. ...Read more

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I feel tender pain just below my left ear lobe. Could it be for swollen lymph node. However there are no signs or rashes in that particular area.

I feel tender pain just below my left ear lobe. Could it be for swollen lymph node. However there are no signs or rashes in that particular area.

Possible lymph node: Yes it could be a lymph node that is swollen or even a small sebaceous cyst. If it does not resolve on its own you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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Do I need a biopsy if my lymph node is big and sore?

Do I need a biopsy if my lymph node is big and sore?

Doubtful: How long has it been that way, is it fixed to underlying tissue or mobile, is continuing to enlarge, where is it located, do you know what may have caused it to enlarge? Watch this for a while. If it does not begin to resolve, seek physician input. ...Read more

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Can pushing and playing with a lymph node make it swell and sore?

Can pushing and playing with a lymph node make it swell and sore?

No: swelling of a lymph node is caused by an infection which stimulates the node to make antibodies. it does not swell from playing with it. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when one lymph node becomes swollen and sore?

Usually infection: Infection in the node, or more commonly in the area draining into that node has an infection. However, tumors such as lymphoma may present as a single enlarged node. In either case you should see your doctor for an evlauation and treatment. ...Read more

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Why do I have sore lymph node in back of neck?

Why do I have sore lymph node in back of neck?

See your doctor.: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Why does my lymph node get swollen when i gets cold sore?

Why does my lymph node get swollen when i gets cold sore?

Reacting to virus: A cold sore is caused by cold viruses. The lymph node you mention is apparently the first node that collects the bacteria and viruses from the damaged site and it filters out infection. The node swells while the bacteria or virus are destroyed. ...Read more

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Could poking and prodding at an already swollen lymph node generally make it stay swollen for longer/more sore?

No: Swollen lymph glands can arise from mononucleosis, tumor spread, an inflammatory reaction to a virus or bactgerial infection. The node if normal contains follicles filled with spaces producing large numbers of white blood cells to combat the existing problem. Prodding may only cause painful symptoms if excessive but not enlargement. ...Read more

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I have swallon lymph node that keeps coming up and down all the time and is very sore. My blood test has came back clear. What could it be?

I have swallon lymph node that keeps coming up and down all the time and is very sore. My blood test has came back clear. What could it be?

Your best friend: I've decided that some people have a heroic lymph node that simply decides to handle all the minor invasions by microbes all by itself. If you're not running a fever or otherwise obviously sick, and the node's not huge or attached to something it shouldn't be, and you don't have any signs of a deep infection in a sinus or something that the node drains, then just watch it. ...Read more

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Why would my underarm lymph node be slightly swollen and sore?

Why would my underarm lymph node be slightly swollen and sore?

Infection: The lymph nodes in your armpit tend to trap infection from your arm & hand. Breast tissue drains there too. If you don't have any infection (redness, warmth, tenderness) elsewhere on said arm/hand, perhaps you have an ingrown hair or clogged cyst, both of which can get infected and become painful. Warm compresses are a reasonable 1st option. If not better, then go see your family doc. ...Read more

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I woke up with a swollen lymph node on the back left side of my neck. Quite sore and slightly painful?

I woke up with a swollen lymph node on the back left side of my neck. Quite sore and slightly painful?

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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Okay so update to my last question, the lymph node by my boob is still sore, its not swollen, just hurts when I touch it.?

Okay so update to my last question, the lymph node by my boob is still sore, its not swollen, just hurts when I touch it.?

Get examined!: This is not normal. If you have not been seen, then you should. Serious things could be causing this and you would not want to delay. Not all enlargement and tenderness is due to infection. Depending on your age and other risks and issues, you may need a diagnositc mammogram, an ultrasound of the area or even an MRI of the breast. Start with a history, exam and then go from there. Antibiotics? ...Read more

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My left under arm lymph node turned back and blue and very sore 2 days ago. Now the other arm pit is black and blue as well. What's going on?

My left under arm lymph node turned back and blue and very sore 2 days ago. Now the other arm pit is black and blue as well. What's going on?

Need exam: This is an unusual presentation. Of course, you can't actually see a lymph node beneath the skin, so technically you are describing the skin overlying a lymph node turning black and blue. Trauma which wasn't noticed could account for this but with a lump and both sides...unlikely. This needs evaluation by your doctor. A careful physical examination will lead to the next needed diagnostic steps. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a sore neck with a swollen lymph node?

Depends: Not normal if persistent or if the pain or swelling gets worse. If symptoms prolonged to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Sore thraot only on the right side swollen lymph node and tender gum on my right k9. All on the right side what could be wrong?

Sore thraot only on the right side swollen lymph node and tender gum on my right k9. All on the right side what could be wrong?

Infection: You may possibly have an infection developing in the area and should have your dentist test the teeth on the right side for possible nerve or gum issues. ...Read more

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I found an almond sized lump on the back right side of my neck yesterday. It's a bit sore. Always been there but feels bigger. Lymph node?

I found an almond sized lump on the back right side of my neck yesterday. It's a bit sore. Always been there but feels bigger. Lymph node?

Needs to be checked: It may be a lymph node or a cyst.But since it is getting bigger and is of concern to you.I suggest you have it checked by your Family Physician to find out what it is and if it needs any treatment ...Read more

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Four days ago I woke up and noticed a sore ball under the skin on the crease of my bikini line, I assume it's a lymph node. What's happening?

Four days ago I woke up and noticed a sore ball under the skin on the crease of my bikini line, I assume it's a lymph node. What's happening?

Not sure what lumps: look like but you would need for a doctor to look at it. Lumps can be infection, cyst, lipoma, lymph nodes (most likely). You can watch it to see if it would go back down or get worse too, if it's not causing any trouble. Enlarged lymph nodes should decrease in size or disappear after 3-4 weeks. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Sore lump in my neck right below the chin. Lymph node? Why?

Sore lump in my neck right below the chin. Lymph node? Why?

Natural response: May be dental infection, viral illness, other. If it persists, continues to enlarge or becomes worse, see your family doctor. Lymph nodes help fight inflammation and get large when they do so. It is usually helpful to you, but may produce unpleasant symptoms in the process. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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White cell count is 15, no fever but one very sore lymph node. Thoughts? Possibilities?

 White  cell count  is 15, no fever but one very sore lymph node. Thoughts? Possibilities?

There are more than: one kind of white blood cell and knowing the distribution of your elevation would be more helpful than the absolute number. In addition there are many things beside infection that can cause an elevation and therefore no fever. It would be best to be thoroughly evaluated by a health care provider to determine the nature of your lymph node swelling and elevated white count. Make an appointment soon. ...Read more

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I have a swollen painful bump under my arm which I think could be a swollen lymph node. I’ve had this before but this time it’s very sore?

I have a swollen painful bump under my arm which I think could be a swollen lymph node. I’ve had this before but this time it’s very sore?

Need to examine: What you described suggests an inflamed lymph node. Do you have any wound or injury on the hand or arm of the same side? It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation as you may need antibiotic treatment. If you do no have access to a doctor, go the emergency room of a nearby hospital.
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