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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

Dr. Melissa Gowans
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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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3 neck glands swollen on my right side. No pain, but a lot of drainage and occasional stuffy nose. Sinus infection or viral infection?

3 neck glands swollen on my right side. No pain, but a lot of drainage and occasional stuffy nose. Sinus infection or viral infection?

Could be either, or?: You are correct in presuming that typically swollen lymph nodes are due to an infection nearby. Bacterial infections may be more likely to cause this than viral, but both can do it. Laryngeal/throat infection more likely to cause than higher up sinuses. Watch these glands. If they don't resolve in 2-3 weeks, have your doctor examine you. Sometimes enlarged lymph nodes are tumor, not infection. ...Read more

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Does your thyroid gland have to be swollen for you to have a problem?

Does your thyroid gland have to be swollen for you to have a problem?

No: We see people with thyroid problems who don't have enlargement. Some are even born without their thyroid gland. ...Read more

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Can your thyroid gland have to be swollen for you to have a thyroid problem?

Can your thyroid gland have to be swollen for you to have a thyroid problem?

No: No, thyroid dyfunction can occur with an enlarged thyroid but can also be seen in persons whose thyroid has not changed size and appears to be of a normal volume. If you suspect thyroid disease, then see your pcp and/or an endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Symptoms of swollen thyroid gland?

Goiter: An enlarged thyroid gland is called a goiter. Symptoms can be related to overactive thyroid function or underactive. Overactive symptoms include shakiness, palpitations, diarrhea, sweats, nervousness. Underactive symptoms include fatigue, weight gain, constipation, coarse hair and skin. If your gland is enlarged you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a slightly swollen thyroid gland ?

Could be OK: Depends on how swollen and the cause. It could be from thyroiditis. It could be upper limits of normal. Did your doctor test your thyroid function? ...Read more

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If the thyroid gland is swollen on one side, is it that side that's hyper functioning ?

If the thyroid gland is swollen on one side, is it that side that's hyper functioning ?

Not necessarily: You can't tell if something is hyperfunctioning from thephysical appearance of the gland. A thyroid scan is the best method to suggest whether or not a lobe is hyperfunctioning. ...Read more

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History of graves ' andnow hypothyroiditisum. Is it normal for the thyroid gland to be swollen for almost 1year now?

Thyroid diseases: Graves is an autoimmune disorder and can be variable in its presentation, course and response to therapy. It can be normal to have hypothyroid after treatment for graves. Okay to be monitored and treated by your doc or endocrinologist. ...Read more

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Can one side of your thyroid gland be bigger than the other? When I feel both sides the right side feels more bumpy and swollen

Can one side of your thyroid gland be bigger than the other? When I feel both sides the right side feels more bumpy and swollen

Yes, possible!: Hi. You could have an asymmetric diffuse goiter or a nodule on one side. Do you have a thyroid diagnosis? See your doctor for a good thyroid exam. Good luck! ...Read more

Thyroid Gland (Definition)

It is an endocrine gland which produces thyroxin hormone which controls the metabolism in every cell in the body.It produces 80 to 90%t4 and 10 to 20 %t3. These control rate of metabolism and affect the growth and rate of functions of many cells in the body it is ...Read more


Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more