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My 5 yo has had a cold/congestion for week. He tells me the base of his skull by neck hurts. He has a few swollen glands by there. Could that be it?

My 5 yo has had a cold/congestion for week. He tells me the base of his skull by neck hurts. He has a few swollen glands by there. Could that be it?

Lymphadenopathy: Enlarged lymph nodes secondary to infection may be swollen and tender, but have no way of knowing what is causing your son's neck tenderness. If you have any question about this he should be seen by a pediatrician and examined. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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Is it normal for swollen glands to hurt on neck when sick? 5 yo sick with virus for over a week. Would meningitis have show already? Back of neck hurt

Is it normal for swollen glands to hurt on neck when sick? 5 yo sick with virus for over a week. Would meningitis have show already? Back of neck hurt

Mgt: I would suggest checking her temperature, and seeing your Pediatrician soon. The lymph nodes swell in reaction to infection. Please keep your daughter well hydrated. Has she had all her immunizations? ...Read more

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My 6 year old has severe swollen glands for about two weeks. She was sick two weeks ago and had a few different bugs at once the glands are not going?

My 6 year old has severe swollen glands for about two weeks. She was sick two weeks ago and had a few different bugs at once the glands are not going?

Maybe: Agree it would be helpful to know where the glands are and if they are growing, tender, etc. If they are just below the jaw, your child could have mono. Sometimes, it does take several weeks for glands to go away after they have been swollen. As long as not tender, not getting bigger, not getting a lot of nodes in other places then can just watch. ...Read more

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For one day I have Painful swollen glands in my groin on both sides a total of 3. I'm 36 year old female with a history of medical illnesses and o?

For one day I have Painful swollen glands in my groin on both sides a total of 3. I'm 36 year old female with a history of medical illnesses and o?

Could be an STI: Some people get swollen glands all over when they have a cold. If you do not have a cold and are sexually active, swollen glands can be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It may be best to get tested for STIs. ...Read more

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My 4 year old son has swollen glands in his neck and 2 on the back of his head, that are quite large. He has not been sick, and I am very worried.

Bug bites? Shots?: Glandular swelling can be a non specific response to vaccines or systemic viral illnesses, even if there are no other outward signs of the illness. Bug bites or skin rashes can also lead to regional node swelling. ...Read more

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4 year old previous oral thrush, swollen crevical gland for 6 weeks, now swollen glands in groin no recent infec. What else than cancer? I'm petrified

See Doctor Now: 4 yr old, "swollen crevical/groin glands x 6 wks. Prominent cervical glands occur commonly at this age due to frequent upper respiratory infections. Prominent groin glands can occur due to mild lower extremity trauma from rough play in children. Be aware that children do not complain & it is easy to miss cues that your child was sick. See your child's doctor now for correct diagnosis & treatment. ...Read more

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I am a 55 year old male. I have what appears to be a lump under my armpit. GP checked for swollen glands in neck and armpit and saw no swelling.?

I am a 55 year old male. I have what appears to be a lump under my armpit. GP checked for swollen glands in neck and armpit and saw no swelling.?

Confusing: If your GP was not able to palpate a lump, then is it gone?? Did you try and show him/her where it was located?? Anyway, chances are it is a reactive lymph node which should go away within a week. Suggest seeing your GP again if it is still there after 2 weeks ...Read more

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Can GERD cause lightheaded feeling and swollen glands? I am a 41 year old female, have a hiatal hernia. Feeling like food is stuck in chest as well.

Can GERD cause lightheaded feeling and swollen glands? I am a 41 year old female, have a hiatal hernia. Feeling like food is stuck in chest as well.

Unlikely: I would see a doctor about the swollen glands and lightheadedness. Unlikely related to hh. Hiatal hernia and acid reflux could cause the esophagus to spasm or even develop scar tissue and narrowing. This would cause the feeling of food sticking or catching. I would see your doctor about getting a test to check your esophagus. If not already taking acid medication twice a day, recommend doing so. ...Read more

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What could cause my 15 year old daughter to have swollen glands, low blood count, spine pain, exhaustion and high calcium levels?

What could cause my 15 year old daughter to have swollen glands, low blood count, spine pain, exhaustion and high calcium levels?

Lots of things: You also list a ruptured esophagus. Is this your daughter also? If so, how did that happen? At the top of my list is a parathyroid adenoma (high calcium, fatigue, bone pain); most teens have some palpable lymph nodes and many teenaged girls are a bit anemic. It's a mistake to ask for interpretation of labs apart from clinical information ; actual values. Insist her physician explain. ...Read more

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I am 24 year old female my throat is very tight for the last 2 weeks along with shortness of breath? And swollen glands.

I am 24 year old female my throat is very tight for the last 2 weeks along with shortness of breath? And swollen glands.

See a doctor ASAP: There are some illnesses that require immediate attention, and tightness in the throat and shortness of breath are both on the list, because if you can't breathe or your airway is blocked it is lethal. Since you have had this for 2 wks, your airway is obviously still ok, but that can change quickly. Go to an urgent care or ER if you can't get in to your regular doctor right away. ...Read more

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My 13 year old daughter gets swollen glands a lot, is this normal? She doesn't have a sore throat or earache or anything else with it.

My 13 year old daughter gets swollen glands a lot, is this normal? She doesn't have a sore throat or earache or anything else with it.

Most likely benign.: First, I have to know what is swollen: glands (such as salivary) or lymph nodes. Then, how often are they swollen, and for how long each time? Are they always in the same place, and are they painful if you touch them? She has no sore throat or earache, but does she have fever? Chills? Unusual sweating? Has she lost weight? If she truly has no symptoms, ok. But if she has, she should see her doctor. ...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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8 year old son w/stomach pains that come and go. Been tired and wanting to nap. Not eating as much, swollen glands under jaw. Concerned leukemia.

8 year old son w/stomach pains that come and go. Been tired and wanting to nap. Not eating as much, swollen glands under jaw. Concerned leukemia.

Malaise and pain: The symptoms you are describing more likely to be consistent with a viral syndrome. Leukemia is less likely. For reassurance and definitive diagnosis follow up with your child's doctor. ...Read more

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My daughter of 20 years old has swollen glands on the back of her neck, she has joint pain, fatigue, and headaches?

My daughter of 20 years old has swollen glands on the back of her neck, she has joint pain, fatigue, and headaches?

Needs to be checked: With all the symptoms you mentioned she needs to be checked by your medical doctor. Will need a detailed history and complete Physical Examination. And may need Blood/urine test and others as indicated to make a diagnosis and appropriate treatment ...Read more

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I have had painful swollen glands on and off for about 6 months to a year now and usually my right one is always larger. What exactly should I do?

I have had painful swollen glands on and off for about 6 months to a year now and usually my right one is always larger. What exactly should I do?

? See a doctor: Lymph nodes commonly go up and down in size in response to infections of all kinds, and may remain enlarged to some degree after an infection. However, the nodes should not be larger than 1 cm or so in size, should not be hard, should not remain tender for extended periods, and should not enlarge progressively. If any of this raises a concern, you should see a doctor. ...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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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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Sore bumps on head, swollen glands in neck, throat feels enlarged? Been doing this for over a year now.

Sore bumps on head, swollen glands in neck, throat feels enlarged? Been doing this for over a year now.

Call your doctor: With symptoms this complex, you owe it to yourself to call your doctor to help you make sense out of them. ...Read more

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I have a swollen gland under my chin and on the left side of my jaw. I also have a cold sore on the left side of my bottom lip that is in some pain too. I've dealt with cold sores for around like ten year, but never had swollen glands. Just a little conce

I have a swollen gland under my chin and on the left side of my jaw. I also have a cold sore on the left side of my bottom lip that is in some pain too. I've dealt with cold sores for around like ten year, but never had swollen glands. Just a little conce

Lymph nodes: Your gland could be swollen for a number of reasons. Activation of the virus that causes the ulcers on your lip or any other weakening of your immune system that led to the cold sores showing up. If you glands stay swollen for more than 2 weeks, go see your doctor for an exam ...Read more

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What causes swollen glands on the insides of your cheeks? Feels like skin flaps and have been there for two years

Check fillings: Looks like your lymphatics are inflamed could be due to dental fillings do u have any - I use heavy metal detox to clear these and lymphatic cleanse a nearby qra practitioner will help. ...Read more

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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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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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18yr old son has 3 swollen glands in pelvic area. 1-6mths ago, 2-3wks ago, 3-last wk, today a 4th under his jaw on right side any ideas? Very nervous.

18yr old son has 3 swollen glands in pelvic area. 1-6mths ago, 2-3wks ago, 3-last wk, today a 4th under his jaw on right side any ideas? Very nervous.

Please see doctor: Swollen glands are usually swollen lymph nodes. They can be due to infections or a variety of other illnesses. A visit to a md starting with a family doctor or internist is the first step. That doctor can examine the lymph nodes to determine if more testing is needed. ...Read more

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My son is 15 months old and about 2 months ago he had roseola w/swollen glands behind ear they are still there and one in groin. Is this common?

Yes: The glands will always be there but will usually peak in size within a week of the infection and slowly decrease in size over a 3-4 wks. If another process stimulates them they may not shrink completely. I rarely have to do anything with glands in these locations. ...Read more

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My 3 yr old has a fever, swollen glands on neck and behind ears, stiff neck and is lethargic. What is the diagnosis?

My 3 yr old has a fever, swollen glands on neck and behind ears, stiff neck and is lethargic. What is the diagnosis?

Fever, swollenglands: The diagnosis will be made after the pediatrician sees him. There are several conditions that come to mind: strep throat with or without peritonsillar abscess, meningitis, cat scratch disease, mononucleosis to name a few. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

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