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I've had swollen glands in my neck for months now, sometimes its hard to swallow food, is my body still just fighting infection?

I've had swollen glands in my neck for months now, sometimes its hard to swallow food, is my body still just fighting infection?

Evaluation: Months of lymphadenopathy (lad) suggest a need for a diagnosis. Many people of lymph nodes (lns) that swell with infection and then resolve. Persistent or worsening LAD needs evaluation for infection, inflammation, or cancer. The differential diagnosis list is huge, from a to z: http://www. Mayoclinicproceedings. Org/article/s0025-6196 (11)64620-x/fulltext. ...Read more

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Should my 6 year old son still have a lot of swollen glands in his neck 4 months after having epstein barr virus? He was admitted to the hospital for 2 days when he was diagnosed with mono, because he could hardly drink. Was given IV fluids. Now 4 months

Should my 6 year old son still have a lot of swollen glands in his neck 4 months after having epstein barr virus? He was admitted to the hospital for 2 days when he was diagnosed with mono, because he could hardly drink. Was given IV fluids. Now 4 months

Enlarged: Enlarged lymph nodes or "lymphadenopathy" are very common. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and enlarge with white blood cells to fight off infections when they detect a foriegn substance such as a virus or bacteria. (ever notice lumps in your neck with a sore throat?) usually these nodes shrink back down to normal size a few weeks after the infection is over, but can sometimes stay enlarged. No one is quite sure why this happens, but it's usually harmless. The nodes will never "go away" but they will become less noticeable as your child grows and the nodes do not. This is also known as "shotty lymphadenopathy" because they feel like buck shot under the skin.

Other illnesses such as autoimmune disease or cancer can cause enlarged lymph nodes, but often multiple nodes are involved, they can get very large (more than 1 centimeter), keep growing instead of shrinking and are associated with other symptoms such as fever, chills, weight loss, rash, etc. Presuming that your son has no other symptoms besides these noticeable but unchanging nodes, the odds of them being anything dangerous are extremely low.


Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph gland on neck for 4 months, all bloods normal awaiting ultrasound, can ultrasound detect lymphoma?

Swollen lymph gland on neck for 4 months, all bloods normal awaiting ultrasound, can ultrasound detect lymphoma?

Tissue examination: Definitive diagnosis of lymphoma requires examination of the involved lymph node by a pathologist. Ultrasound may disclose if deeper situated lymph nodes are also involved. ...Read more

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I have had swollen glands in neck for over a month. Two episodes of fevers and tightness around diaphragm and back. Er visit positive d dimer nowwhat?

Get to a doctor: A d-diner test in its own doesn't really help. Rather than the er again, get to a good internist or family doctor. You might need another scan, blood work, or even a biopsy to get an answer to your condition and treatment that will get you feeling better. Although open enrollment is over, check out healthcare. Gov to see if you can still get insurance there if you need it. ...Read more

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I have 2 swollen glands on neck under chin for several months & feel very tired, Should I see a Dr for this?

I have 2 swollen glands on neck under chin for several months & feel very tired, Should I see a Dr for this?

Yes: Are the "glands" underneath the jaw further back, or right at the chin? Most likely lymph nodes, but there are other causes. A viral infection is the most likely, but I would have a doctor check it out, as there are some more serious problems which could cause this. ...Read more

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Rt sd, swollen/tender neck glands 3 1/2 months. Sometimes hard to breathe. Lt side new lump/gland. Pink lump back neck. ENT 2 weeks. PM won't treat. Cancer?

Rt sd, swollen/tender neck glands 3 1/2 months. Sometimes hard to breathe. Lt side new lump/gland. Pink lump back neck. ENT 2 weeks. PM won't treat. Cancer?

Lymphnodes: Your symptoms as described appear to be possibly due to some underlying infectious process or something that would cause the swollen nodes, and now Shortness of breath. Be diligent, and get an evaluation. Hopefully the ENT will be more helpful to you and order some routine tests at least to include a cbc-dff and C-Xray to start, Best wishes. ...Read more

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Tsh level normal, large lump under thyroid n swollen neck glands for 3+ months pain to ear neck n shoulder l side, hoarse diff to swallow: cancer?

Tsh level normal, large lump under thyroid n swollen neck glands for 3+ months pain to ear neck n shoulder l side, hoarse diff to swallow: cancer?

Not necessarily: Something is wrong, but it doesn't mean cancer. What you describe could be an infection, a cyst, or a tumor, but it definitely needs to be diagnosed! See a doctor right away. That lump probably needs to be biopsied, and you may need a ct scan or other imaging. Don't let fear of cancer delay your diagnosis! ...Read more

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Swollen gland in neck for 1 week. My ear was swollen and sore from cheap earrings round same time could this be why my gland is sore? Starting to worr

Swollen gland in neck for 1 week. My ear was swollen and sore from cheap earrings round same time could this be why my gland is sore? Starting to worr

Cheap errings: Yes, the swollen gland is most likely due to either increased inflammation, possible localized allergic reaction or possibly localized infection of the piercing.
The body can react to any foreign body -earrings
Glands pop up when there is inflammation or infection close by.
You might want to remove those earrings, do warm compresses to area, might need antibiotics, topically or orally ...Read more

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Swollen gland in neck right side of jaw sore, feels soreness from right side of neck like a swollen gland or limp node

Swollen gland in neck right side of jaw sore, feels soreness from right side of neck like a swollen gland or limp node

Maybe: Could be a lymph node infection in tissue or pone or a problem with salivary gland r parotid gland. Requires careful exam by a md. ...Read more

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Fever, sore throat for 2 days, hard, painful swollen gland in neck which disappeared, bit still hurts, much bigger painful appeared on the other side?

Fever, sore throat for 2 days, hard, painful swollen gland in neck which disappeared, bit still hurts, much bigger painful appeared on the other side?

Lymph nodes: A sore throat or other infection above the neck often causes swelling of lymph nodes in the neck. At times these swollen lymph nodes are tender. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign that your body is fighting an infection and are not cause for concern. ...Read more

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AfterTherapy for anemia Ferrous S 3xa day 1mth as CBC Iron was only in range. Stopped iron CBC now inrange mouth ulcers hair loss swollen gland in neck

AfterTherapy for anemia Ferrous S 3xa day 1mth as CBC Iron was only in range. Stopped iron CBC now inrange mouth ulcers hair loss swollen gland in neck

Need to examine: Your iron treatment and mouth ulcers + glands in the neck are probably not related. Your symptoms warrant an in-person evaluation with additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to consult a doctor.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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Can you lymphnodes or glands in your neck area hurt even if they are not swollen?

Can you lymphnodes or glands in your neck area hurt even if they are not swollen?

Possible...: You may have simply turned your head to far to one side and caused a small stretch. Give it a few days and see if your neck still hurts. ...Read more

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If your glands are swollen will you be able to see it in your neck because I can only feel it and it feels like it's bigger then the other maybe norma?

If your glands are swollen will you be able to see it in your neck because I can only feel it and it feels like it's bigger then the other maybe norma?

Feel swollen yes: If you have swollen lymph nodes you may feel them rather than see them. If there is a question ask your physician. ...Read more

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My glands in my neck are swollen. What should I do?

See Dr,: If you have multiple swollen glands in your neck you should see your doctor to find out what is wront. St your age it could be anything from infection to something like lymphoma. Please see your doctor. Multiple swollen glands are more worrisome than a single swollen gland, especially if they have been there for more than a week. ...Read more

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What could produce the glands in my neck to be all swollen?

What could produce the glands in my neck to be all swollen?

Montioring System: 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 and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a swollen neck gland?

What to do if I have a swollen neck gland?

See physician: A swollen nodule in the neck could be a lymph node or a host of other conditions. See your physician if this does not improve within a week. ...Read more