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What causes a swollen lymph node in neck and acne on the shoulder?

What causes a swollen lymph node in neck and acne on the shoulder?

Probably nothing: Acne confined to a shoulder may be from rubbing; we see this in men who bench-press large amounts of weight. Most adults have one or more palpable lymph nodes in the neck, and if they are not rock-hard, fixed to other structures, or growing rapidly, they're best ignored. Glad you're a good observer of the body. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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I have a leg outbreak of acne and swollen lymph node. What's the diagnosis?

I have a leg outbreak of acne and swollen lymph node. What's the diagnosis?

Probably related...: If, for example, your acne is on your thigh and is somewhat inflamed and your enlarged node is in your groin area on the same side, the white blood cells contributing to the acne inflammation are also causing the enlarged lymph node. If the node is located on a different part of your body (neck), they are most likely not related. ...Read more

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My 15 yo has bad acne on left forehead and both sides of his head for 6 mths. 2 mths ago, find a swollen lymph node (<1cm) on left back neck. Related?

My 15 yo has bad acne on left forehead and both sides of his head for 6 mths. 2 mths ago, find a swollen lymph node (<1cm) on left back neck. Related?

See Your Doctor: Acne causes inflammation/infection in the hair follicle units of the skin; reactive regional lymph nodes can occur. Your son's history of "bad acne" would support finding a prominent lymph node in this area however additional features are needed to confirm a benign nature eg. consistency, mobility. See your doctor for definitive assessment & to evaluate adequacy of your son's present acne regimen ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node at the back of my ear due to the infection of acne. I use my hand to prod it a lot. Will this action be harmful?

I have a swollen lymph node at the back of my ear due to the infection of acne. I use my hand to prod it a lot. Will this action be harmful?

Probably not harmful: However, the more you prod the lymph node, the more tender it will become. It's best to leave your lymph nodes alone. Try "worrying" a different part of your body if you have a nervous habit of pressing the lymph node area. You could touch your earlobe, for instance, if you absolutely must fiddle with something in the area. See your doctor to make sure the lymph nodes are really acne related. ...Read more

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I have some pimples in my armpit and one swollen lymph node. What could be the cause?

I have some pimples in my armpit and one swollen lymph node. What could be the cause?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad 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 can cause a swollen lymph gland?

What can cause a swollen lymph gland?

Inflammation: Swollen lymphnodes are caused by things that cause inflamation. This can be infectious: viral or bacterial, chemical exposure, allergies. Tumors can cause swelling: lymphoma or metestatic turmors. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

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