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Doctor insights on: Swollen Lymph Node From Infection

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Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Swollen, tender lymph nodes always from infection?

Swollen, tender lymph nodes always from infection?

No: There are numerous possibilities and these should be evaluated with full detailed history, physical exam, possible labs and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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Can a rubbery swollen lymph node be caused as an infection?

Can a rubbery swollen lymph node be caused as an infection?

Yes: Lymph nodes drain and collect lymphatic fluid which is the way the body deals with inflammatory fluids. An infection is the number one reason for lymph nodes to become swollen. Good luck! ...Read more

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Would a blood test show if a swollen lymph node is caused by an infection?

Would a blood test show if a swollen lymph node is caused by an infection?

Not necessarily: One isolated lymph node is most likely reactive and sometimes reflects chronic inflammation, rather than acute. Blood work may or may not reveal its cause, depending upon the acuity of the condition and the type of blood work that is ordered. ...Read more

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Why won't my swollen groin lymph node go down? I have had a swollen lymph node in my groin now for a few months. I do not appear to have an infection!

Why won't my swollen groin lymph node go down? I have had a swollen lymph node in my groin now for a few months. I do not appear to have an infection!

Scarring: The node may be scarred and may take longer than a few months to shrink in size.
You may feel the node every couple of weeks, if the lymph gland doubles in size, becomes painful, ulcerates, or other nodes become enlarged, or you develop fever, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause a swollen lymph node in the groin area when there is no infection in the body?

What could cause a swollen lymph node in the groin area when there is no infection in the body?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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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Small swollen lymph node under arm about 1-1.25 cm. Very soft and moveable. No pain. No signs of infection?

Small swollen lymph node under arm about 1-1.25 cm. Very soft and moveable. No pain. No signs of infection?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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 is the significance of chronically painful but not swollen lymph nodes that that persists with no sign of infection? Can I rule out or food al

What is the significance of chronically painful but not swollen lymph nodes that that persists with no sign of infection? Can I rule out or food al

It does not make sen: If the lymph nodes are not palpable or swollen, how can you attribute the pain to the lymph nodes? You need to go see a doctor to help you sort it all out for you. ...Read more

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Could recent HPV infection cause a swollen lymph node in the groin?

Inguinal lymph nodes: Lymph nodes in the groin area will generally enlarge as a response to infections of the skin or internal structures of the feet, legs and genitourinary system. ...Read more

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Does swollen lymph nodes on the sides of the neck mean necesarely an infection?

Does swollen lymph nodes on the sides of the neck mean necesarely an infection?

Lymph nodes: Lymph nodes act as a filtering system for your body. While viral and bacterial infections are the two most common causes of swollen and tender lymph nodes in your neck, there are many other causes as well. It always best to have these checked out by your physician and dentist. ...Read more

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Skin infection right groin swollen lymph node left groin. Can the left lymph node be reacting to the right groin skin infection?

Skin infection right groin swollen lymph node left groin. Can the left lymph node be reacting to the right groin skin infection?

Very possible: This can certainly be possible. If it doesn't go away in a week or so, you should be checked by your doctor to make sure you are not missing some other reason. Hopefully you will heal quickly. ...Read more

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I have pain slightly higher than umblicus towards the right upon exertion and swollen lymph nodes that is not due to infection. What could it be?

Non specific: What you are describing could be caused by several issues. Could you provide us with a bit more details? Where are the swollen lymph nodes? Do you have any fevers or diarrhea? Is the pain made worse or better by anything? ...Read more

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Ccan a bladder infection cause swollen lymph nodes?

Ccan a bladder infection cause swollen lymph nodes?

No, it does not: If your groin nodes are enlarged it may be more due to skin infections around the private parts including vaginal infections. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have 1 swollen lymph node in my neck and yeast infection?

Is it possible to have 1 swollen lymph node in my neck and yeast infection?

Sure: Yes. But that does not mean that they have any relationship to each other. If is an oral infection there is more of a chance that they are associated. ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes all along the right side of my neck, should I check for infections?

I have had swollen lymph nodes all along the right side of my neck, should I check for infections?

Yes: You should seek a healthcare provider to determine the cause of the swollen glands since infections are only one cause. ...Read more

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Will swollen lymph nodes due to an infection (cold etc) always be tender/painful? Mine are not that's why I'm asking

Lymphadenopathy: Swollen lymph nodes or lymphadenopathy is often a benign transient condition caused by reactions to acute and chronic infections. This reactive lymphadenopathy triggers a cascade of inflammation that makes these nodes tender, enlarged and rubbery in consistency. It would be helpful to know where the nodes are. Non tender lymph nodes may be an ominous sign of lymphoma, autoimmune disease or cancer. ...Read more

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A swollen lymph node behind my left clavical has grown slowly to over 6 mm. There are also two more small ones. Blood work came back anemic 9.4 hg but there are no infections and no other symptoms. What could be the causes?

A swollen lymph node behind my left clavical has grown slowly to over 6 mm. There are also two more small ones. Blood work came back anemic 9.4 hg but there are no infections and no other symptoms. What could be the causes?

Go see a blood speci: A blood specialist (hematologist) or oncologist can guide you best. You have anemia (hb of 9.4gm) which along with enlarged lymph nodes raises possibility of some serious problem in your system which will require further testing to find the caus eof your illness. I would not delay seeing a good doctor right away. ...Read more

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Are swollen lymph nodes a sure sign of HIV infection?

Are swollen lymph nodes a sure sign of HIV infection?

Could be...: ....But also of many other serious and non-serious medical conditions. If you have persistently enlarged nodes, especially if you have reasons to believe you may be HIV positive, I encourage you to visit your doc right away. Good luck. ...Read more

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What types of skin infections will cause swollen lymph nodes?

Many: Viruses as well as bacterial infections can go to the lymph nodes. It is also dependent if the patient has underlying pneumonia, flu, cancer, takes steroids, or has any other medical problems. Usually the antibiotic from your physician can treat the bacterial problem. ...Read more

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Can a gum and tooth infection cause swollen lymph nodes. Is this even possible?

Can a gum and tooth infection cause swollen lymph nodes. Is this even possible?

Yes.: Swelling of the gums and soft tissue around an infected tooth is common. If there is a lot of inflammation, or the infection is not treated, the lymph nodes that drain the area of infection will enlarge as part of the immune response, just as would happen with other infections like a cold or strep throat. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a dental infection to cause swollen lymph nodes under the arm?

Is it possible for a dental infection to cause swollen lymph nodes under the arm?

See a doctor: It is very unlikely but if you have an infected tooth than you need to see a dentist. You must also see a doctor for your swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Boyfriend has urinary problems 3 months infection ruled out negative bloods normal, raised ESR and swollen lymph nodes what could it be?

See a Urologist: He likely needs further assessment by a urologist. The elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) is a non-specific finding of inflammation. The swollen lymph nodes could be infection, inflammation, or cancer -- so basically anything. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a swollen lymph node or a paraganglioma below the ear lobe. The swell is about 3cm and it doesn't hurt. I have no infections?

How can I know if I have a swollen lymph node or a paraganglioma below the ear lobe. The swell is about 3cm and it doesn't hurt. I have no infections?

Lymphadenopathy: You need to have yourself checked by your doctor and you need cbc. No neglect as some serious diseases can be cured if diagnosed early. ...Read more

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I had a swollen lymph node due to an ear infection&a cold few yrs ago. Iwas told it'll swollen again being sick. It's little swell now BUT I'm not sick

I had a swollen lymph node due to an ear infection&a cold few yrs ago. Iwas told it'll swollen again being sick. It's little swell now BUT I'm not sick

It's possible that: You are developing an illness and that could be causing the enlargement of the lymph node. If it enlarges further and you do not develop other symptoms, I would recommend that you have your doctor examine you. It still may be nothing to worry about, but it's best to get it checked and maybe have some labwork. ...Read more

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What should I do about a swollen lymph node on the right side of my jawline in my cheek? In july a lymph node in my cheek swelled up to about a cherry size. This was causing much pain and I visited a doctor who believed it to be an infection I was put on

What should I do about a swollen lymph node on the right side of my jawline in my cheek? In july a lymph node in my cheek swelled up to about a cherry size. This was causing much pain and I visited a doctor who believed it to be an infection I was put on

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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