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Doctor insights on: What Cause Lymph Node In The Head To Swell Up

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Lump close to back right lymph node of boyfriends head that's getting bigger daily and has started to cause slight pain. Is he ok?!

Lump close to back right lymph node of boyfriends head that's getting bigger daily and has started to cause slight pain. Is he ok?!

Ans: Well having an irritated lymph node can be for May causes. The fact that you think it is enlarging is a good reason to see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Hard immobile painful lymph node in back of head above hair line and another in neck near ear. Both are painful within the area. Possible causes?

Infection most like: I suspect these are most likely infection. Ask your physician to check for an possible infectious site. It may be locally in the scalp or it might be more systemic. There are inflamatory illnesses that can also cause swollen lymph nodes whihc are not infectious. ...Read more

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Billions of lice in head , can cause rubbery hard swollen lymph node on right side of neck for more than one month?

Billions of lice in head , can cause rubbery hard swollen lymph node on right side of neck for more than one month?

Yes: Lice is a parasite infection. As such, lymph node swelling is expected, especially with such a large infestation. Get the lice treated and if the glands don't go down in 2 weeks, then see your internist. ...Read more

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Hard immobile painful lymph node in back of head above hair line and another right behind ear lobe. Both are painful. Possible causes?

Inflammation: Inflammation and or infection can cause painful lymph nodes. Should consult physician for possible antibiotic therapy. If further characterization of nodes necessary ultrasound is useful tool. ...Read more

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I have an itchy scalp and a swollen lymph node on the left side of my head at the lower skull line. Can you please tell me what might be the cause?

I have an itchy scalp and a swollen lymph node on the left side of my head at the lower  skull line. Can you please tell me what might be the cause?

Dermititiis: You could have eczema, seborrhea, atopic or other form of dandruff. If you scratch it it will tind to worsen and flake as well as get infected. That will cause the swollen lymph node. Start with a dandruff shampoo and stop scratching it. See if it starts to resolve in a couple of weeks ...Read more

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Hi - I have had a lymph node I can feel when I turn my head a certain way for about 2 years now. I'm worried it's something bad.

Hi - I have had a lymph node I can feel when I turn my head a certain way for about 2 years now. I'm worried it's something bad.

Relax: If the lymph node has been present for 2 years and isn't changing, is small (pea sized) and moveable...it is likely benign. However, if it is large, fixed or increasingly painful, it would be advisable to let a doctor check it out and make sure it isn't something that needs to be worked up further. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I Still have a lymph node on my head on the lower right side it's now been 3 months. I just want to know if it's normal for it to still be there?

I Still have a lymph node on my head on the lower right side it's now been 3 months. I just want to know if it's normal for it to still be there?

Depends on the cause: With some infections, lymph node swelling can persist for months. However, with most infections it does not. You should have it checked. ...Read more