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What Do Lymph Nodes Feel Like
It depends on their: size. In general, they are bean shaped and feel firm but not hard. They may be tender to the touch. Lymph nodes that are cancerous tend to be fixed in one place, while "benign" nodes wiggle somewhat under the skin. Nodes that pop up over a short period of time are usually caused by nearby infection. Strep throat, for example can cause noticeable swell of nodes in the neck. Dr. anne ...Read more
What do cancerous lymph nodes look/feel like, and how mobile can they be? Also, where are lymph nodes located in the groin?
Involved answer: Cancerous lymph nodes may be rubbery, if lymphomatous; hard if involved by metastatic tumor; may involve one or multiple nodes, in early stages nodes are moblie but later may be matted and immobile. See the image for location of groin nodes. If you have concerns, please see your doctor. ...Read more
Can reactive neck lymph nodes feel like they're about 2cm x 1cm in size? Okay for nodes to feel longer than wide?
Lymph nodes: Yes, Reactive lymph nodes can become large. But, they become worrisome for cancerous if large lymph nodes becomes firm/hard, matted, or/and immobile. Then see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis. Doctor may perform biopsy or fine needle aspiration to make a diagnosis and treat accordingly. ...Read more
Yes: Lymph nodes appear as small pea size nodules palpable in groin, axillary, neck, above the collarbone, inner elbow areas, and they can enlarge with infection, malignancy, injury to become firm, rubbery, tender and present as a mass effect. Superficial thrombosis appears red, painful cords in vv, IV sites often in the soft tissue parts of the body. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lymphadenopathy: Lymph nodes enlarge as a result of their normal activity in aiding in immunity, but may also enlarge because of malignancy of the lymphatics or extension of other cancers to the lymph nodes. When cancerous they are often hard to touch, fixed to underlying tissues, not tender. The best answer however, is that if concerned, they may need to be biopsied for a diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How can I tell if my lymph nodes are swollen? How do I tell? What do they normally feel like? What do they feel like swollen? How do I check?
How long until lymph nodes swell after herpes lesions are present? Is it a matter of hours or usually more like days to a week after lesions present?
May not swell: The lymph nodes may not swell. No way to tell how long, if they do. ...Read more
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