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Doctor insights on: What Does A Swollen Lymph Node Feel Like

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How will I know what does a swollen lymph node feel like?

How will I know what does a swollen lymph node feel like?

Varies with cause: Enlarged lymphnodes may feel shotty, i.e. Like pellets under the skin; these may be rubbery, often due to lymphoma, may be soft and tender if due to infection and on its way to forming an abscess, lymphondes may be matted in case of TB and advanced metastatic tumors. ...Read more

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What does a swollen lymph node feel like in the neck? Is it squishy and moveable?

What does a swollen lymph node feel like in the neck? Is it squishy and moveable?

Most folks have them: Especially as a teen, you can almost certainly find at least one palpable lymph node in your neck. I've got five today. They come and go. They're about as firm as the muscle that moves your thumb. They're generally freely movable. They're your friends. If they indicate disease, they are clearly abnormal. Keep learning about your body -- there are still surprises waiting. ...Read more

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What does swollen lymph node in the neck feels like? How common is swollen lymph node in the neck WITHOUT any Lump?

What does swollen lymph node in the neck feels like? How common is swollen lymph node in the neck WITHOUT any Lump?

Always a lump: The lymph nodes in the neck as in other areas like arm pit and groin serve to protect the patient immunologically from infection. Tumors in the region of these nodes spread to the nodes and cause them to enlarge and become firm. Infections that induce somewhat larger than normal lymph glands do not develop the firmness. If tumor arises denovo in the nodes think of lymphoma. ...Read more

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How will I know what does a swollen lymph node on the neck mean?

How will I know what does a swollen lymph node on the neck mean?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. A lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more

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How does a swollen lymph node look around your groin? On black males?

How does a swollen lymph node look around your groin? On black males?

Small lump: Skin is unlikely to be discolored. You may or may not actually see a small lump. Much more likely to recognize a groin lyph node by feel rather than by actually just seeing a small lump. ...Read more

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What does a swollen lymph node on your collar bone mean?

What does a swollen lymph node on your collar bone mean?

Most likely...: It means that your body is fighting off an infection. If it doesn't resolve, continues to grow, or becomes painful, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What is a swollen lymph node like?

What is a swollen lymph node like?

Question is vague!: Swollen lymph node may reactive process or could be cancer (lymphoma or metastatic spread). Reactive process may be secondary to various organisms such as viral, bacterial, fungal (including granulomatous processes). Many other condtions are idiopathic (no known causative factor). ...Read more

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What causes a swollen lymph node?

What causes a swollen lymph node?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. The lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. ...Read more

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Can you pop a swollen lymph node?

No: When lymph nodes enlarge they are solid structures, they are not filled with fluid, so they can't be popped. ...Read more

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What is classed as a swollen lymph node?

What is classed as a swollen lymph node?

Depends on...: Whether or not a lymph node is called swollen depends on the size of the node and the average size of nodes in that part of the body, in people of that age group. A node about the diameter of a dime may be called enlarged, and one that is half the width of a dime is called normal sized. In children neck nodes usually get larger than dime-width in strep throat or other infections. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a swollen lymph node?

What does it mean to have a swollen lymph node?

Inflammation.: Lymph nodes are filters for fluid and debris coming from nearby body parts that is collected via lymphatic ducts. They are filled with immune system cells, lymphocytes and react to various processes from minor infections, irritations like rashes, up to serious malignancies. When the node enlarges, the immune system is dealing with one of these processes. Most of the time, it's something minor. ...Read more

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How can I know if this is a swollen lymph node?

How can I know if this is a swollen lymph node?

Depends on location: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a swollen lymph node?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a swollen lymph node?

Look and feel: Looking and feeling...Best to follow with your doc if you are not sure.. ...Read more

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What are signs of a swollen lymph node going away?

It gets smaller: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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What can cause a swollen lymph node for over a year?

What can cause a swollen lymph node for over a year?

Many possibilities: Need further evaluation.
Consider infection, inflammatory conditions (lupus, sarcoidosis, granulomatous diseases)
cancer or leukemia.
(I am local- contact me if you want to answer further questions) ...Read more

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How can I relieve the pain from a swollen lymph node?

How can I relieve the pain from a swollen lymph node?

The cause: Tender lymph nodes tend to be a response to bacterial more than viral infections. But even dandruff on the scalp can cause a tender lymph node in the neck. Where is the lymph node is the first question? What is inflamed or infected next? It may be best to see a health care provider to let them look at it. ...Read more

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What can cause a swollen lymph node (no other symptoms)?

What can cause a swollen lymph node (no other symptoms)?

Infection or cancer: The most common cause is an infection in the region of the draining lymph node. Another concern is a malignancy. If the lymph node is persistently enlarged or growing, it should be evaluated and a biopsy may be required to establish a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a swollen lymph node to go down?

How long should it take for a swollen lymph node to go down?

Typically 2-4 wks..: Swollen lymph nodes are reactive to infection of some types and these nodes tend to subside in 2-4wks time. Some may persist much long if chronic-active infections such as hiv/monos etc. Obviously cancerous node tend to persist and grow as well. So if a node is not subsiding after a few wks, check with your doc...Good luck. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to get a swollen lymph node to go down?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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How long am I suppose to wait to worry about a swollen lymph node?

How long am I suppose to wait to worry about a swollen lymph node?

Depends on size and: Nodes can swell up due to infections. Most infections settle down in 2-3 weeks. So if the nodes are still enlarged or getting bigger and if they are painless, you should go see your doctor for a check up. I would be concerned if the nodes are larger than one inch after 4 weeks of observation. ...Read more

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Baby has a swollen lymph node for nearly a year? Keep following it?

Baby has a swollen lymph node for nearly a year? Keep following it?

Maybe: Has this been seen by the pediatrician? Cannot give helpful info without knowing more about the lymph node, age of baby, how it first arose, etc. Need help before could help you more. ...Read more

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Should I ice or heat a swollen lymph node?

Neither: The question should be why is it swollen and address the cause. Local heat or cold does not help. ...Read more

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How do a cyst and a swollen lymph node differ?

How do a cyst and a swollen lymph node differ?

Fluid vs solid: A cyst is a fluid-filled sac like structure, usually benign
a swollen lymph node is a solid mass of variable size which could be benign or malignant
depends on size, location and clinical setting. ...Read more

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Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Unclear question: Cyst is a fluid filled structure and a swollen lymph node may be enlarged due to physiologic response to infections or may be enlarged due to cancer. It may not be feasible to know which one it is just by palpation. ...Read more

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What can be done for a swollen lymph node (neck)?

What can be done for a swollen lymph node (neck)?

Evaluation is key: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Difference between cyst and a swollen lymph node?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to tell without examination and may require removing the lesion. ...Read more

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What can be done for a 7 year old with a swollen lymph node?

What can be done for a 7 year old with a swollen lymph node?

Usually is benign: Lymph nodes are located throughout the body & generally noticeable in exposed areas like the neck. They are usually pea sized at rest and enlarged when stimulated by bug bites, dermatitis, drainage or infection. They rarely can become damaged by infection & to golf ball size &need drainage or removal. Most enlarge and later shrink back down within a 3 wk cycle unless chronically stimulated ...Read more