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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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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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I have had a viral infection for 3-4 days, is it normal for swollen lymph nodes to appear on BOTH sides of the neck?

I have had a viral infection for 3-4 days, is it normal for swollen lymph nodes to appear on BOTH sides of the neck?

Lymphadenopathy: Yes this is very common. The viral infection is disseminated through your upper respiratory tract and the lymph nodes are enlarged and tender because they are doing what they are supposed to do, fighting inflammation. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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17,viral infection 3 weeks ago, swollen nodes on both sides of neck, been poking them a lot for 3 weeks, will they go back to normal size? & normal?

17,viral infection 3 weeks ago, swollen nodes on both sides of neck, been poking them a lot for 3 weeks, will they go back to normal size? & normal?

Lymphadenopathy: Yes, with time, they usually will. If not, or if they continue enlarging, need to see your dr. Rule out mononucleosis and perhaps and HIV or even lymphoma if they do not decrease in size over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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After a viral infection, I always get a rash in the same locations on my body. Upper abs, neck, groin. It is not very itchy, very red, goes away.

After a viral infection, I always get a rash in the same locations on my body. Upper abs, neck, groin. It is not very itchy, very red, goes away.

A curiosity...: ...but it sounds like your particular skin eruption is transient and can be relied upon to self-resolve. Suggest you take a picture next time and show your family doctor for piece of mind. Situational rashes as described can be seen in many settings and with variable clinical significance. ...Read more

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My six years old had a swollen neck lymph nodes since September. Doc said he had a viral infection. It's smaller now but it's still palpable. He did a CBC and it came back normal. Is this okay? His doctor said if it's not gone by the end of the month, we

My six years old had a swollen neck lymph nodes since September. Doc said he had a viral infection. It's smaller now but it's still palpable. He did a CBC and it came back normal. Is this okay?  His doctor said if it's not gone by the end of the month, we

Lymph nodes: Your doctor is correct in telling you that the nodes are due to a viral infection. Sometimes the nodes regress slowly and may take 6 months or loner to fisappear. Occasionly applying warm compresses to your child's neck msy hasten the process of shrinking the nodes. This is abenign condition and there is no need to panic ...Read more

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I've had a viral infection for a few weeks now with vertigo, lightheadness, ect. I keep get hot flashes and pulsing behind my ears and my neck? Why?

I've had a viral infection for a few weeks now with vertigo, lightheadness, ect. I keep get hot flashes and pulsing behind my ears and my neck? Why?

Labrynthitis: You could have a viral labrynthitis which is a n infection of the inner ear. This would cause the vertigo and lightheadedness. It might explain the pulsing behind your ears. Usually an infection will increase your temperature, but not necessarily cause hot flashes. ...Read more

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My sons neck is swollen bad below his right ear what should I do? I took him to the hospital and they said he has a viral infection but now his neck is like this, i need a second opinion. Its swollen and in one spot its really red

My sons neck is swollen bad below his right ear what should I do? I took him to the hospital and they said he has a viral infection but now his neck is like this, i need a second opinion. Its swollen and in one spot its really red

Hard : Hard to tell with limited history and inability to examine him, however, if he has been on oral antibiotics, and the swelling and redness are increasing after 24-48 hours of treatment, particularly if associated with increasing pain, he very well may need IV antibiotics. He should be re-evaluated by his physician for any progression of symptoms. He may be developing a cellulitis. ...Read more

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My 3 yrs old son has a rash around his mouth mainly, on the cheeks, forehead, behind the ears and the neck. No fever, no recent viral infection.

My 3 yrs old son has a rash around his mouth mainly, on the cheeks, forehead, behind the ears and the neck. No fever, no recent viral infection.

Parvovirus B19: You may be describing erythema infectiosum caused by infection with parvovirus b19. He will probably develop a lacy rash on arms or trunk within a few days. It is also called slapped face fever. The overwhelming majority of these infections are benign and self-limited and require no treatment. ...Read more

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Red itchy and weeping rash on arms tummy back and neck following a viral infection and strep throat in january?

Red itchy and weeping rash on arms tummy back and neck following a viral infection and strep throat in january?

Red,weepy rash: Because of your scratching and breakink of the skin you probably have developed a form of impetigo caused by either strep or staph.You need to be under your doctors care. ...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

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