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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

No not really: It depends on their size. You should gently palpate them once weekly and keep track of their size, if they are less than 1-2 cm then they are not of much concern. If they are getting bigger, you should get a CBC done and you can find out if there is anything to worry about issues like leukemia which generally will make the child feel unwell and weaker. Good luck. ...Read more

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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 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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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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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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