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Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Tender Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Lymph nodes are small structures that filter lymphatic fluid & contain white blood cells. They are part of our immune system & help to fight infections. When inflamed they can feel ...Read more


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2 weeks after I had unprotected sex I developed a sore throat and swollen glands. A few days later knots on both sides of my neck occurred. HIV?

2 weeks after I had unprotected sex I developed a sore throat and swollen glands. A few days later knots on both sides of my neck occurred. HIV?

HIV: Since you have not disclosed your age, a response is not possible. Please discuss with your parents or your physician. ...Read more

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Just flew back from cancun Sat and I have the worst sore throat I have ever had, ever. Super swollen glands both sides and incredibly sore to swallow.

Just flew back from cancun Sat and I have the worst sore throat I have ever had, ever. Super swollen glands both sides and incredibly sore to swallow.

Something infectious: Mono is from the EBV virus, and can cause swollen glands (lymph nodes) and big tonsils. Strep throat can do the same thing, but Strep throat needs antibiotics. Some other infections can cause big lymph nodes. More rarely, blood disorders and blood cancers cause swollen lymph nodes and fatigue (person often gets anemic). This all means that a trip to the doctor would be wise. ...Read more

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What illnesses involve swollen glands, a sore throat, and white blisters in the back of your throat? There are puss pockets on both sides of throat, but only the right side of my throat hurts and is swollen.

What illnesses involve swollen glands, a sore throat, and white blisters in the back of your throat? There are puss pockets on both sides of throat, but only the right side of my throat hurts and is swollen.

This : This sounds like strep throat. However, the "white blisters" on your throat are worrisome. The concern is a peritonsilar abscess, which is an emergency that needs to be addressed right away. Seek medical attention asap if you have not done so already.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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Swollen glands on right side of my neck. What could it be and how can I treat it?

Swollen glands on right side of my neck. What could it be and how can I treat it?

Can vary: Can be bacterial or viral infection if associated with fever. If persistent or progressive enlargement is encountered, cancerous conditions need to be ruled out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Please tell me all cause of swollen glands in side of neck?

Please tell me all cause of swollen glands in side of neck?

Visit your DR: There are to many possible causes, unless you have any other symptoms it would be hard to diagnose. ...Read more

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I found swollen glands in my daughter (5yrs old) right side of her neck — bumps but not external?

I found swollen glands in my daughter (5yrs old) right side of her neck — bumps but not external?

Normal: A child of this age has several episodes of viral upper respiratory symptoms. During these episodes the lymph nodes can swell slightly. This means the body's immune system is working properly. Sometimes they cannot shrink all the way back down and they persist. Unless they become infected, redness, tenderness, fever, etc. They do not require further evaluation or treatment. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands on my right side of my neck and pain that goes into the base of my neck, right side. I am tired all the time. Mono?

Possible mono: Mononucleosis can cause swollen lymph nodes and fatigue. However, other things can cause swollen lymph nodes including a bacterial infection in your mouth or nose, or even certain types of cancer. You are young so cancer is much less likely. If these lymph nodes have been swollen for several weeks, you need to see a doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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My son is getting over a 3-day fever. Fever gone. He has swollen glands on the back of one side of his neck only and under on side of chin. Normal?

Lymphadenopathy: These lymph nodes are busy doing what they are supposed to, fighting inflammation and helping to eliminate whatever your son had that was producing fever. They will return to normal in time. Best wishes for the holidays. ...Read more

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Have swollen glands on both sides -under the chin, a painful sore and red throat, tonsils are not swollen, on going for two three months?

Have swollen glands on both sides -under the chin, a painful sore and red throat, tonsils are not swollen, on going for two three months?

Possible mono: Your description could be consistent with mononucleosis which is caused by ebstein barr virus. You should see your regular doctor for further evaluation and to confirm or refute this possibility. ...Read more

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14 yr old has swollen glands on back of neck for over 6 months. What is cause? 14 yr old has swollen glands on back of neck for over 6 months. What is cause? One is really large about midway down back of neck on right side of spine and is approx. 2-3cm in

14 yr old has swollen glands on back of neck for over 6 months. What is cause? 14 yr old has swollen glands on back of neck for over 6 months. What is cause?
One is really large about midway down back of neck on right side of spine and is approx. 2-3cm in

Probably benign: Enlarged nodes in a 14-year old are probably not serious, but if they are getting larger, they should be investigated. Measure them carefully and repeat in two or three weeks. If they've not changed in six months, they are probably nothing. ...Read more

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Over last year noticed swollen glands left side of neck. Last couple of months more have popped up and above collarbone. Constant dull ache?

Over last year noticed swollen glands left side of neck. Last couple of months more have popped up and above collarbone. Constant dull ache?

See doctor: Multiple enlarged lymph glands warrant an investigation that can only be done through physical examination, may be some tests and may even need a biopsy. ...Read more

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Have post nasal drip. Sides of neck hurt towards middle of neck but I cannot feel any swollen glands or nodes. What can this be?

Have post nasal drip. Sides of neck hurt towards middle of neck but I cannot feel any swollen glands or nodes. What can this be?

Form of pharyngitis: Post nasal drip is associated with a degree of pharyngeal irritation. The pharynx is divided into nasopharynx behind the nose where the drip originated, the Oropharynx behind the tongue, the hypopharynx further down. The latter joins to form the cervical esophagus on both sides of the posterior larynx known as the piriform sinuses. This area, is tender and has not involved nodes ...Read more

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I have swollen glands under left chin &neck pain headachesface pain all on left side my AST is 38 my mchc is 31.6 my rdw is 16.0 could it b related?

I have swollen glands under left chin &neck pain headachesface pain all on left side my AST is 38 my mchc is 31.6 my rdw is 16.0 could it b related?

No: Dear NakishaP. No. These test results are not related to the symptoms you describe. Your symptoms sound like a sinusitis but there are other possibilities that require a longer interview. I hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Had flu vaccine 3 days ago. Now have 2 small swollen glands on my neck, the same side as jab. Is this normal?

Had flu vaccine 3 days ago. Now have 2 small swollen glands on my neck, the same side as jab. Is this normal?

Wouldn't anticipate: Lymph adenopathy on neck from influenza vaccine. Hopefully, it will dissipate quickly. Nodes in that area can increase in size in response to inflammation or infections. Take care. ...Read more

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Why have i got severe ear pain in my left ear & swollen glands in my neck on the same side? I smoke a pipe and drink in excess. I am a 53yr old man.

Why have i got severe ear pain in my left ear & swollen glands in my neck on the same side? I smoke a pipe and drink in excess. I am a 53yr old man.

Possibly cancer: I don't want to worry you, and I'm a cancer doctor, so i always think about cancer. But this is something you must have checked, and the sooner the better! Tobacco users are at risk for head and neck cancers, which can cause ear pain and swollen lymph nodes on the same side. It's also possible you have a viral infection. With cancer, the lymph nodes are often painless and hard. Get seen soon! ...Read more

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My left ear is closed, swollen glands in my neck, left side, blocked nose and coughing. What could I use?

My left ear is closed, swollen glands in my neck, left side, blocked nose and coughing. What could I use?

See doctor: You need to consult your doctor re. this. If this has been present for more than 10 days, need to consider sinusitis. ...Read more

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3 small painful swellings on right side of my neck by collarbone. Swollen glands. I feel ok in myself. I had flu vaccine last week by pharmacist says?

Need for examination: Flu vaccine is not a likely explanation of enlarged painful lymph nodes in the neck. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an in-person evaluation. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. ...Read more

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Throat pain for over a month, been talking penicillin for a week with no improvement. Swollen glands on left side of neck. I don't feel sick. Help!

Throat pain for over a month, been talking penicillin for a week with no improvement. Swollen glands on left side of neck. I don't feel sick. Help!

Viral pharyngitis: With throat pain and swollen glands one wants to be sure there is bacterial and not viral infection. If penicillin isn't working and WBC normal use warm gargle with peroxide. Antibiotics induce MRSA as a possible side effect of unnecessary antibiotic treatment. Warm soaks also applied to neck nodes. ...Read more

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Pain lower back right side for over a month. Cloudy urine, ceftin (cefuroxime) for otitis media(not helping). Swollen glands in neck & under arms. Dr says glands feel fine and are just reactive. What can it be?

Pain lower back right side for over a month. Cloudy urine, ceftin (cefuroxime) for otitis media(not helping). Swollen glands in neck & under arms. Dr says glands feel fine and are just reactive. What can it be?

Complicated: On the top of your otitis acute or chronic (not clear from the presentattion) and lymphadenitis you might have confiding urolythiasis (stone in the kidney). Kidney ultrasound would help. Continue antibiotics for otitis full course as your doctor prescribed, get re-evaluation after treatment. If no improvement from the treatment you might need to get ENT (ear doc) referal. ...Read more

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Throat. Swollen, glands swollen on right side and uvulla swollen?

Throat. Swollen, glands swollen on right side and uvulla swollen?

It is likely virus i: Common clods from viruses are often the cause in which case it should settle down in 1 to 2 weeks. If it does not get better, seek medical attention as it can also be strept throat in which case you may need antibiotics in order to get well. ...Read more

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I have severe neck pain and the back of my head is also in pain more on the right side than the left. Swollen glands constant feeling of pressure?

Muscle spasm: Sounds like your neck muscles that extend up into your scalp are irritated. This may have been triggered when the lymph nodes rapidly enlarged. Why is another question — they respond to perceived threats to your body like infection. Moist heat, mild stretching and some ibuprofen might help. Massages good too. If continues or worsens see your MD.
http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/neck-shoulder ...Read more

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Have post nasal drip, allergies. Sides of neck hurt towards middle of neck but I cannot feel any swollen glands or nodes. How to treat?

Have post nasal drip, allergies. Sides of neck hurt towards middle of neck but I cannot feel any swollen glands or nodes. How to treat?

Salt water: Gargles and saline nasal wash, looks like upper respiratory tract infection, mostly would be viral, if not better in few days or gets worse, please see your doctor, goodluck ...Read more

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Had swollen glands in neck all fine now.right side of neck hurts a little like pulled muscle. He took blood to check himself for infection. What sort?

Had swollen glands in neck all fine now.right side of neck hurts a little like pulled muscle. He took blood to check himself for infection. What sort?

Mono/Bactetrial: Blood test for glands in neck is usually done to check White cell count and type of cells and other time to test for Infectious Mono nucleosis
It is good that you are fine now. Did you receive any treatment like antibiotics
I will advise that you ask your doctor what did the blood test show ...Read more

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I have swollen glands, 3 tonsils that are soft and sensitive one on each side and one under my neck, difficulty eating, throat pain, headache?

I have swollen glands, 3 tonsils that are soft and sensitive one on each side and one under my neck, difficulty eating, throat pain, headache?

Infection: Most likely you have caught and infection viral less likely bacterial, it should resolve in a week, if getting worst, fever, etc should get urgent help. Avoid cold items. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

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