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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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White spots on side of throat, glands in neck swollen and sore, throat not really sore. If I make myself cough I can tell there is some mucus.?

White spots on side of throat, glands in neck swollen and sore, throat not really sore. If I make myself cough I can tell there is some mucus.?

Dr. Can check throat: Throat discomfort can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat lozenges and Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin can help decrease throat pain. ...Read more

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White spots on tonsils, doesn't hurt, no bad breath, negative for strep and mono. Swollen neck glands, been treated multiple ways but never went away.

White spots on tonsils, doesn't hurt, no bad breath, negative for strep and mono. Swollen neck glands, been treated multiple ways but never went away.

Candidiasis?: White spots coating anywhere in the mouth, including tonsils, is a typical symptom of oral candidiasis or oral thrush. If it’s oral thrush, white spots on tonsils are due to a fungal infection.
Rec.: see ENT for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My right tonsil is swollen no white spots but it looks like a bigger tonsil behind it dark colour neck glands/ear painful can't swallow without pain?

Seek medical care: This may be an infection such as a peritonsilar abscess. This is an infection typically of a unilateral tonsil which presents with one sided throat pain radiating to the ear and there may be swollen glands on the side of the infection. Other possibilities could be neoplastic (cancer). ...Read more

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Over last 3 months have had swollen glands in throat every 4 week's, no other cold symptoms. What could this be?

Over last 3 months have had swollen glands in throat every 4 week's, no other cold symptoms. What could this be?

Many causes: You need a see a doctor to get check up. It could be infection, lymphoma, problem with immune system, etc. Your doctor could run blood test if necessary. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for swollen glands in throat to go back to normal?

How long is it supposed to it take for swollen glands in throat to go back to normal?

That depends: It is variable depending on what type of infection is causing glands to become swollen. Also depends on which glands or if it is lymph nodes. Sorry - can't provide a good response with limited info avaialble. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my throat really hurts but no swollen glands?

What do you suggest if my throat really hurts but no swollen glands?

Has it settled?: The sore throat should settle down in 5-7 days. If it does not, then go see your primary care of a ENT specialist. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat swollen glands in my throat?

What can I do to treat swollen glands in my throat?

Strep test/ cultures: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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What is associated with swollen glands in the neck and throat?

What is associated with swollen glands in the neck and throat?

Infection: As a tooth, or oral infection of the lower teeth. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get swollen glands when sick with strep throat?

They usually are: Swollen glands in the neck, under the jaw, invariably accompany a strep throat infection. They may also stay enlarged for weeks after recovery. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for swollen glands from strep throat to go back to normal?

a couple of weeks: Most infection related enlarged lymph nodes settle down as the infection is treated and controlled. So the lymph glands should settle down to normal size in a mater of 2 to 3 weeks. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of the swollen glands in my throat?

How can I get rid of the swollen glands in my throat?

Pease clarifydepends: It depends on which glands/areas are swollen. Glands may only be swollen temporarily from infection. Tonsils can become swollen and can be removed, but other criteria have to be met for this. It is also agreed upon by doctors that tonsils provide benefits to the immune system. A visit to your doctor will likely determine what is swollen and what the best course is. ...Read more

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What causes swollen glands in neck and throat?

What causes swollen glands in neck and throat?

Infection: As a tooth, or oral infection of the lower teeth. ...Read more

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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 had swollen glands and then inflamed and red throat. I was just wondering could I send a picture of my throat to you to look at?

We can not see: Your photograph through the health / medical education portion of HealthTap. If you are looking for diagnosis, can look at HealthTap Prime or concierge service. ...Read more

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Swollen glands in diff. Places & feeling of something lodged in throat for over a year. Been twice to GP, he assures me all is well. Constant worrying?

Therapist or new Dr: It's so important to trust your Dr that I'd urge you to either work a bit w/ a psychotherapist to learn how to increase your trust/assertiveness in interacting w/ your Dr and/or seek a new Dr for a 2nd opinion on the concerns you have. It should be possible to feel a really swollen gland and run lab work to Dx for cause or explain your error to you. Don't ignore it! ...Read more

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What's the best way to treat a sore throat and swollen glands?

What's the best way to treat a sore throat and swollen glands?

Doctor's visit: Depends on a number of things:
what the swollen glands feel like
what the throat looks like
fever?
Elevated wbc?
Any other medical history?
How long it has been going on.
Any other findings on exam. ...Read more

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Throat hurts to swallow but not sick, no temp, and no swollen glands. What could this be?

Sore throat: Two things come to my mind when patients complain of a sore throat without other symptoms, post nasal drip and early viral infections. Either way, you can try an allergy pill or the new nasal steroid over the counter: nasal cort. I prefer the nasal steroid. Either way if this does not work in the next few days, try some Motrin for the pain and gargle with salt water. See my other answers on st. ...Read more

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I have red spots across my upper body and swollen glands at the base of my head, feeling very tired. Not sure what I can do?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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What are some natural ways to treat a sore throat/swollen glands?

What are some natural ways to treat a sore throat/swollen glands?

Salt water gargles: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my throat I think it is a swollen glands how do I get rid of it quickly pleaseeeeee help?

I have a lump in my throat I think it is a swollen glands how do I get rid of it quickly pleaseeeeee help?

Neck mass: Neck mass has many possible causes. Please see an ENT doctor for examination and work up! ...Read more

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What can cause swollen glands under chin like close to the throat?! help please freakin out! I have a tooth abcess! Do I have ludwings agnia?

What can cause swollen glands under chin like close to the throat?! help please freakin out! I have a tooth abcess! Do I have ludwings agnia?

Abscessed tooth: An abscessed lower back tooth can cause swollen glands in the area you describe. Your glands (lymph nodes) swell up when they are fighting an infection in that area. This is what they are supposed to do. It is unlikely that you have ludwig's angina. Regardless you need to see a dentist or an oral surgeon tomorrow morning. They may place you on an antibiotic to help shrink the infection. ...Read more

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Had swollen glands. Went back for check up better now. Told throat red and inflamed. Feels like food is stuck or im choking. Worried. Saw doc yesterday?

Had swollen glands. Went back for check up better now. Told throat red and inflamed. Feels like food is stuck or im choking. Worried. Saw doc yesterday?

Infection: Sounds like an infection, this may be bacterial or viral. May get swelling in the tonsil area or development of an abscess. Best to check in again with your physian ...Read more

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I've been having a sore/ irriated throat off/on for 3months, mucus is constantly in the back of my throat especially when it's sore. No swollen glands?

Likely sinusitis: Drainage from chronic sinusitis commonly causes this condition whether infectious or allergic. To be safe, go see your family doctor who can look in the back and determine the cause. Other conditions can cause this less commonly, but they can be serious if missed. ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

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