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What do swollen lymph nodes feel like? Can they get irritated if you feel for them too much?

What do swollen lymph nodes feel like? 
Can they get irritated if you feel for them too much?

Lymph nodes: are the part of lymphatic system that get enlarged or allerted when the body is attacked by infection viral or bacterial can get enlarged with neoplasia they need a physician to examine and find the cause it will not change if you feel for them ...Read more

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Enlarged Lymph Nodes (Definition)

Enlarged lymph nodes are a clinical finding in which the lymph nodes, which are parts of the immune system, are bigger than in a normal, healthy person. This can be caused by infections, cancers, ...Read more


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What do swollen lymph nodes in the neck feel like? Can you always feel them if they are swollen?

What do swollen lymph nodes in the neck feel like? Can you always feel them if they are swollen?

Lymph nodes: One can have 1 enlarged node the size of a pea or as large as a bean or marble. There a lines or chains of lymph glands in the neck and, in benign cases they feel like a line of very tiny beads. They are usually firm but not stoney hard. These shotty benign nodes may be found after various infections and are less common in adults than children. If in doubt have your md examine and advise you. ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes come and go?

Sure: Depends on the cause. Swollen nodes caused by infection or inflammation would be expected to go back to normal whereas those caused by cancer normally keep on growing (there are exceptions even to this, though). Moral of the story: unexplained enlargement of nodes should be evaluated by your doc. Best to you. ...Read more

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What do swollen lymph nodes for 7 months indicate?

No a good sign: if u have swollen gland u need to see an oncologist /hematologist ...Read more

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How long do swollen lymph nodes last before they reduce? And are they supposed to be painful?

How long do swollen lymph nodes last before they reduce? And are they supposed to be painful?

Days-to-months: Depending on the cause of the swelling of the lymph nodes, they can last for days-to-months (for infections.). ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Do swollen lymph nodes sometimes make it harder to breathe?

Potentially: Lymph nodes in the neck can make it hard to swallow or breath if severely enlarged. The tonsils are lymphatic tissue in the throat that are a cause of sleep apnea. The are also lymph nodes around the trachea than can caress the airways within the chest causing shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes hurt? I have a marble sized bump on the back of my neck right above the hairline. It is also hard. What could it be?

Sometimes : Lumps in the neck can be caused by a number of things. They range from benign (like lymph nodes responding to an infection, cysts, or non-cancerous tumors) to serious. Your doctor, after doing a history and physical exam can help you and recommend a specialist if needed. ...Read more

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I'd really like to know how to cure swollen lymph nodes?

I'd really like to know how to cure swollen lymph nodes?

Antibiotics: If this is not effective...May need to have doctor take a closer look including a biopsy of one of the nodes. ...Read more

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My son has what looks like swollen lymph nodes. One large on the left of his neck and a smaller one on the right. He has no signs of illness???

My son has what looks like swollen lymph nodes. One large on the left of his neck and a smaller one on the right. He has no signs of illness???

Not unusual: Children can have enlarged lymph nodes with or without infectious causes. Most of the time these are just reactive lymph nodes and will resolve over time. Seek immediate treatment if the lymph node is red, warm or painful. If the lymph node does not resolve in a 4-5 days have his primary care provider evaluate the lymph node. ...Read more