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What causes a swollen lymph node?

What causes a swollen lymph node?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there 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. ...Read more

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What is classed as a swollen lymph node ?

What is classed as a swollen lymph node ?

Depends on...: Whether or not a lymph node is called swollen depends on the size of the node and the average size of nodes in that part of the body, in people of that age group. A node about the diameter of a dime may be called enlarged, and one that is half the width of a dime is called normal sized. In children neck nodes usually get larger than dime-width in strep throat or other infections. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if I have swollen lymph node?

Should I be concerned if I have swollen lymph node?

Yes: Swollen glands are usually from some medical problem but can be from many different things. Most people are worried that they represent cancer but, in general, swollen glands are from other reasons. It, of course, depends on many issues, including: where are they? how long have they been enlarged? are they growing or shrinking? Any other symptoms (fevers, sweats, itching,) need more info! ...Read more

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Should i ice or heat a swollen lymph node?

Should i ice or heat a swollen lymph node?

Neither: The question should be why is it swollen and address the cause. Local heat or cold does not help. ...Read more

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How do a cyst and a swollen lymph node differ?

How do a cyst and a swollen lymph node differ?

Fluid vs solid: A cyst is a fluid-filled sac like structure, usually benign a swollen lymph node is a solid mass of variable size which could be benign or malignant depends on size, location and clinical setting. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node for 6 month with no symptoms?

Swollen lymph node for 6 month with no symptoms?

Lymphadenopathy: Hi, you need to see an MD for evaluation and possible Ultrasound and biopsy of your node. ...Read more

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Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Unclear question: Cyst is a fluid filled structure and a swollen lymph node may be enlarged due to physiologic response to infections or may be enlarged due to cancer. It may not be feasible to know which one it is just by palpation. ...Read more

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What can be done for a swollen lymph node (neck)?

What can be done for a swollen lymph node (neck)?

Evaluation is key: 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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Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to tell without examination and may require removing the lesion. ...Read more