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Swollen Submental Lymph Glands
Infection, cancer: Lymph nodes swell when they 'catch' a virus or bacteria. Immune cells multiply to fight the infx, causing swelling of the node (s). U can have 1 swell without other symptoms of illness. If it persists > 2-3 wks, get checked out. If a node is painful, it's more likely due to infx than something like cancer. The nodes 'catch' cancer cells that multiply & enlarge the ever-growing nodes. ...Read more
Biopsy: The only way to definitely know why lymph glands are swollen is biopsy. However, most of the time they are benign. Benign glands are generally small, painless, soft, and located in several areas. They also tend not to get larger, and sometimes wax and wane in size over time. A growing lymph node, or one which is painful or very hard to touch should be looked into. ...Read more
Feel for them: You can feel for then under the armpits, in the neck, in the area above the collar bones, and in the inguinal region (the front body crease where the leg meets the torso). ...Read more
You're better: It means that what ever was causing the swollen gland has resolved and the gland has returned to its normal small size. ...Read more
Many causes: Enlargememt of the lymphnodes can be anything from infections to allergies to malignancy you need a full history and phsical along with labs and a chest xray. ...Read more
Should I be worried about a right swollen lymph gland that shows in the morning and is not there throughout day?
Not a lymph node: I doubt a lymph node appears and disappears with such regularity. Have a doctor see you during the morning. ...Read more
Not likely: Even with widespread metastases all the lymph nodes may not be swollen. ...Read more
Not really: Lymph nodes are not considered swollen or enlarged unless they are bigger than one CM (>10 mm). But watch out, Intramammary lymph nodes can be a tumor as well. So this needs to be followed over the next 6 months either with repeat Ultrasound or a mammogram to make sure that it is not getting bigger in size (growing, which may imply that it is more likely to be breast cancer nodule). ...Read more
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
Lymphadenoapthy: Lymph glands can swell and get inflamed during infectious periods or with other medical conditions. If the swelling does not go down after a few days or with treatment of an infection, get checked out. Best wishes. ...Read more
Unlikely: The most common cause of swollen lymph nodes is infection (bacterial or viral). It sometimes can take 1-2 months for the enlarged lymph nodes to return to their normal size after an infection. If the lymph nodes continue to grow, occur in different areas of the body, or you start getting sick symptoms (fevers, unexplained weight loss, night sweats, fatigue), I would go see your doctor. ...Read more
Depends: A cyst on the ovary usually doesn't cause swollen lymph glands. Cysts on the ovary can be normal, functional, or abnormal. You should discuss the findings with your gyn. ...Read more
Day 3 of oretnizone and antibiotic for swollen gland/lymph nodes on left side only how many days should it take to pass
I have a swollen lymph node at the side of my neck and last night I discovered that a gland is swollen at the back of my neck what may cause this?
Yes: There are thousands of lymph node located around the body that help screen out germs in the body serum before it returns to the circulation. There are many in the neck, head & behind the ear. At rest these are often 1/4 inch in diameter and may grow to marble sized when reacting to a stimulus. Bug bites, or viral infections can increase their size. They should shrink down to nl size over a few wks. ...Read more
See below: Most commonly, lymph glands swell in response to infection and inflammation. This is what they should do as they help the body ward off these conditions. Less commonly but moer importantly, they become cancerous. If they are growing or have been enlarged for longer than 2-4 wekks, see your doctor. ...Read more
If it gets infected: Lymph nodes swell up to help protect the body from outside invasions like infections. If this is not the case your physician can tell about other causes on your examination. ...Read more
Hi! My daughter (8 yrs) just woke up complaining of pain in both armpits. I immediately think of swollen lymph glands. Any ideas?
Agree with you: I think you may be right on track! Many viral infections, especially, can cause lymph nodes to swell, and the armpit nodes are commonly painful. I would check to see if she has a fever at all, and look for any other signs of viral infection (sudden fatigue, sinus drainage, runny nose, dark circles under eyes, etc.). Also gently check the neck for large nodes. Fluids, vitamin C, l-lysine, and REST. ...Read more
Hard to say:
Its hard to say what this might be. It depends on things like how big it is, how long it's been there, whether it's growing, whether it's painful, and how it feels...
It is probably worth getting checked out soon; however, if it is growing it would need to be checked out immediately. ...Read more
Painful nodes: Point toward infectious etiology, and jaw pain may indicate dental cause, particularly closed off abcess. Dentist & x-ray would be my first stop. The list is longer for painless nodes. In the area under the tongue/floor of mouth, a salivary gland can be the cause with a duct obstruction. ...Read more
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
What is wrong with me if my lymph glands on my neck are swollen and I feel achy? I have some moles that I am worried about.
What is wrong: What is wrong is that you realize that you have a potential problem, but haven't seen your doctor yet. You deserve better! Swollen and achy lymph nodes can be due to viral or bactrial illness, inflammation, infection, or cancer. Have your doctor examine them and your worrisome moles. ...Read more