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What would cause lymph nodes to swell on back of head. Under 1.5 CM but on both sides. Swell up and down. ?

What would cause lymph nodes to swell on back of head. Under 1.5 CM but on both sides. Swell up and down. ?

Lymph node swelling: Lymph nodes are part of your body's natural defense against both infections and foreign objects. Around the neck and head is the most common place for them to enlarge since they help to fight colds, ear infections, sinus infections, scalp infections, and dental. Enlarged lymph nodes in the back of your head usually come from scalp infections, ear infections (sometimes just from ear rings). ...Read more

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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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What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad on left side of skull?

What causes swelling at the bottom of back of head it's swelled bad  on left side of skull?

Cyst or lymph node: Usually this is a sebaceous cyst or an enlarged lymph node. A medical exam is needed to tell. The cyst can be removed. An enlarged lymph node usually gets better with time but sometimes needs an antibiotic. ...Read more

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What could cause the back of my head to hurt whenever I run or jump continuosly for more then 5 minutes?

What could cause the back of my head to hurt whenever I run or jump continuosly for more then 5 minutes?

Many causes: Your age is a little concerning for these symptoms. If you were in your teens, these types of activities can cause headaches anytime with exertion. If you are having these symptoms now at your age, i would recommend an MRI of the brain and evaluation by your family dr. As well as a neurologist. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of intermittent and temporary heaviness or slight throbs in back of my neck that sometimes moves up to the back of my head?

What could be the cause of intermittent and temporary heaviness or slight throbs in back of my neck that sometimes moves up to the back of my head?

Neck pain: Muscle tightness in the neck muscles that insert on the back of the head are the cause of heaviness or throbs of pain. The neck muscles become tight to compensate for malalignment of the cervical spine. Treatment usually begins with physical therapy, neck exercises, and cortisone shots or epidural steroids. ...Read more

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What can cause the back of your head to hurt?

What can cause the back of your head to hurt?

Many things: Most likely cause is trauma if you hit your head for any reason. Also could just be tension headaches, but could mean something much more serious. You definitely need to see your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more