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Rotten wisdom teeth, food gets stuck inside. Can that cause swollen neck glands, a low grade fever and feel sick all the time? On cipro (ciprofloxacin). Just worried.

Rotten wisdom teeth, food gets stuck inside. Can that cause swollen neck glands, a low grade fever and feel sick all the time? On cipro (ciprofloxacin). Just worried.

Yes: Yes, rotten wisdom teeth can cause all the symptoms you describe. The solution is to have these infected wisdom teeth removed. An antibiotic can only help shrink the infection, it will not make it go away. You should make an appointment with an oral surgeon asap so they work with you to solve this problem. ...Read more

Dr. Earl Sandroff
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Dental Cleaning (Definition)

Periodontitis is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. It is important to have the teeth cleaned thoroughly. This may involve use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth (scaling). Meticulous home oral hygiene is necessary after professional tooth cleaning to limit further destruction. The dentist or hygienist will demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques. It is often recommended that patients with periodontitis have professional tooth cleaning more frequently ...Read more


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Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles cause swollen neck glands?

Can stress induced clenching of the teeth and strained jaw muscles cause swollen neck glands?

Stress and health: It depends. Stress can greatly affect all parts of your body. Have you had any other symptoms like fever or sinus/allergy problems that could also describe your swollen glands. ...Read more

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Is it better to use cold/heat on swollen neck glands?

Is it better to use cold/heat on swollen neck glands?

Neither: Tray taking an NSAID such as advil (ibuprofen) or motrin, if the glands are too large and causing you to have difficulty swallowing, call your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a white knot under my tongue be connected to swollen neck glands?

Can a white knot under my tongue be connected to swollen neck glands?

Yes: The white knot could be a salivary stone, like a kidney stone, or mucous plug that is blocking the flow from salivary glands under tongue and jaw. This can cause them to back up with fluids and swell. Have your dentist check it out. ...Read more

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What can a doctor tell by feeling your swollen neck glands. What is he looking for when he feels the neck.

What can a doctor tell by feeling your swollen neck glands. What is he looking for when he feels the neck.

Abnormalities: Looking for any abnomalities in the neck. Like enlarged or nodular thyroid gland, enlarges salivary glands or lymph nodes, any other masses. Tender vertebrae, muscles. Checks carotid pulse. If you have any abnormalites in the neck, you may be referred to an ENT doc. ...Read more

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How to treat swollen neck glands from a head injury?

How to treat swollen neck glands from a head injury?

NOT RELATED: Swollen glands are not related to head injury can not cause swollen glands, if you have swollen glands you should see your doctor to find the cause and proper treatment. ...Read more

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How come I keep waking up with swollen neck glands?

How come I keep waking up with swollen neck glands?

Swollen neck glands: How long have they been swollen? Are they painful? If the contition persists longer than @ weeks, you might think to see a md. ...Read more

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I was diganosed with cervical adenitis, swollen neck glands wgat does that mean?

I was diganosed with cervical adenitis, swollen neck glands wgat does that mean?

Inflammation: Lymph nodes usually swell in response to some type of infection in the local area. Some times the nodes will do that without obvious infection and antibiotics may be needed. If they do not resolve with this treatment need to consider if some type of blockage in the lymph system or if more generalized problem leading to the swollen nodes. ...Read more

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Cause of swollen neck glands but am not sick?

Cause of swollen neck glands but am not sick?

Check it out: Swollen glands are not always serious, but they are never "normal". If not associated with an obvious illness like a current cold or flu, they should be checked out with your doctor this week. Many kinds of infections first appear like this. Some are minor, some very serious. More rarely, some kinds of cancers appear this way. ...Read more

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What to do if I keep getting swollen neck glands, why?

What to do if I keep getting swollen neck glands, why?

Need an ENT check up: Neck glands can swell up from repeated sore throats. This generally happens from virus infections but it can also be due to a strept throat infection or your tonsils may be infected. A good medical/throat exam is necessary to find the cause and treat it. An ENT doctor is the best specialist to help you solve this probelm. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: swollen neck glands?

What is the definition or description of: swollen neck glands?

Swollen glands: You have a series of glands made up of lymph tissue that run along under your jaw (both sides) and under the muscle that runs from behind your ear down to your collarbone. (scm muscle). In the presence of infection they become swollen. They feel tender and bigger than usual. If you have these you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and for treatment. ...Read more

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I've had swollen neck glands on and off for the past few months. My energy levels are a little lower than usual, but besides that I feel fine. Any?

I've had swollen neck glands on and off for the past few months. My energy levels are a little lower than usual, but besides that I feel fine. Any?

Mono vs lymphoma: You should visit your doctor. The things I would want to make sure you don't have are mononucleosis (a viral infection) or a type of blood cancer called lymphoma. If you have any high risk behaviors also consider getting an HIV test. ...Read more

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Swollen neck glands, dim vision, difficulty thinking and spelling. Symptoms started 2 years ago and have worsened. Could this be chronic meningitis?

Swollen neck glands, dim vision, difficulty thinking and spelling. Symptoms started 2 years ago and have worsened. Could this be chronic meningitis?

See a doctor: It could be anything from inflammation, residual viral infection, vascular or growth. Please consult a neurologist and an ophthalmologist asap. I do not understand why you did not seek medical attention for this long. ...Read more

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Hi i have swollen neck glands and pain in my lower back just above my buttocks on and off and I am feeling sick and have really yellow urine any idea?

Hi i have swollen neck glands and pain in my lower back just above my buttocks on and off and I am feeling sick and have really yellow urine any idea?

See doctor: You need to get a check-up by your doctor who will likely order some blood tests. The yellow urine usually means that you are not taking in enough fluid or it is just the color of the vitamins taken as a supplement. ...Read more

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For 2 months I'm waking up with very swollen neck glands, MUCH more exhausted&weak no reason but no lifestyle changes. Walk in said fine, do I go to ER?

For 2 months I'm waking up with very swollen neck glands, MUCH more exhausted&weak no reason but no lifestyle changes. Walk in said fine, do I go to ER?

LAB WORK INDICATED: IT SOUNDS LIKE A MILD INFECTION. I GUESS THE MOST COMMON REASON WOULD BE COMING FROM YOUR TEETH, A SMALL PERI-APICAL ABSCESS. THE REASONS FOR CERVICAL ADENOPATHY ARE MANY. GIVEN THE FATIGUE ETC.PLEASE PURSUE WITH FAMILY DOCTOR OR I GUESS THE ER COULD AT LEAST START THE WORK UP. TO SAY FINE WITHOUT A WORKUP DOESN'T SOUND RIGHT BUT IS REASSURING. ...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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Pain behind last tooth. Swollen right tonsil. White stuff on it. Swollen neck glands right side. Right ear pain. I'm going crazy.

Pain behind last tooth.  Swollen right tonsil.  White stuff on it.  Swollen neck glands right side.  Right ear pain.  I'm going crazy.

See a dentist: Hard to say what is going on without an exam, x-rays and a thorough history. Sounds like an infection around the gum tissue of the last (posterior) tooth- pericoronitis. But see a dentist to confirm. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a vaginal infection cause swollen neck glands?

Please tell me, could a vaginal infection cause swollen neck glands?

Unlikely: Enlarged lymph nodes in the neck do not generally occur with infections isolated to the genitourinary tract unless the infection had entered the bloodstream, in which case multiple areas would likely have enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more

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I’m feeling feverish but no fever. Swollen neck glands. Cramping stomach. What could this be?

I’m feeling feverish but no fever. Swollen neck glands. Cramping stomach. What could this be?

Virus: The commonest cause of these symptoms is an early viral infection which has not yet localized to the throat or respiratory tract but shows early signs of a gastrointestinal tract infection. At this time I recommend resting, drinking adequate fluids, eating a light diet and taking Tylenol as needed. Nausea and diarrhea most likely will follow and symptoms should clear after a few days. ...Read more

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How long does swollen neck glands to go down caused by a viral infection. I know it can take a while for the glands to settle after viral infection?

How long does swollen neck glands to go down caused by a viral infection. I know it can take a while for the glands to settle after viral infection?

Annoyingly LONG: Glands (lymph nodes) swell up almost instantly from viral infections, and can take weeks or months to shrink back to normal size. This is typical, try not to get too anxious about it, but if you are concerned, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Had swollen neck glands.have full pressure feeling in base of neck front. I'm 43 vitamin b12 Def.sometimes there is a popping feeling when I swollen.

Had swollen neck glands.have full pressure feeling in base of neck front. I'm 43 vitamin b12 Def.sometimes there is a popping feeling when I swollen.

Need evaluation: Without an examination by a health professional, we can't be sure what is swollen in your neck: glands underneath the jaw, lymph nodes, thyroid,?. Certainly feeling pressure "in base of neck front' suggests the thyroid. How the "popping feeling" factors in when you swallow also needs evaluation. See your primary care doctor or an ENT specialist. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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I had swollen neck glands last week still have fullness or pressure in bottom of throat is this normal. Sometimes I get rotten taste in my mouth.

I had swollen neck glands last week still have fullness or pressure in bottom of throat is this normal. Sometimes I get rotten taste in my mouth.

See your dentist: A quick trip to your dentist would be beneficial. It could be a wide range of issues. Dentists specialize in facial infections. It could be an infected tooth causing your discomfort. An X-ray of the area will be helpful to determine the cause. If your dentist can't figure it out they will refer you to a specialist who will. Best of luck! ...Read more

Swollen Neck Glands (Definition)

You have a series of glands made up of lymph tissue that run along under your jaw (both sides) and under the muscle that runs from behind your ear down to your collarbone. (scm muscle) . In the presence of infection they become swollen. They feel tender and bigger than usual. If you have these you should see your doctor for a ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Hochman
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Enlarged Neck Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Increased size of the lymphatic structures which filter lymph & form lymphocytes . This can occur in response to inflammation or infection. In this case lymph nodes in ...Read more