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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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My swollen lymph node in my neck is not painful. Does that mean a more serious problem?

My swollen lymph node in my neck is not painful. Does that mean a more serious problem?

How big?: A cancerous lymph node is obviously abnormal. Almost all other nodes are your friends. If you are advised to leave it alone, do so. There is no explaining why different people get big nodes in different places. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph node in neck? It moves around and its small im 16 and scared does it always mean something's wrong? Will I die? I feel fine

Swollen lymph node in neck? It moves around and its small im 16 and scared does it always mean something's wrong? Will I die? I feel fine

No: We all have lymph nodes and sometimes they will swell. The lymph nodes are part of your natural defense. They help remove infections and other substances from your body. They can swell in response to infection, or cancer, or nonspecific inflammation. I suspect yours is from a viral infection. Your physician can help clarify this for you. ...Read more

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I had a CT scan of my neck bc of a swollen lymph node for over a month. They said the result is benign. What does this mean and should I still worry?

I had a CT scan of my neck bc of a swollen lymph node for over a month. They said the result is benign. What does this mean and should I still worry?

Has it resolved?: Many characteristics of lymph nodes can help separate benign from malignant on ct. Size is one, but configuration or shape is another.

The best way to know something as benign is for it to resolve on its own.

If you still have this swollen lymph node, see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Have swollen lymph node under jaw and 2 others on my neck that are smaller, also have a bad cold, doctor said it mean my immune system is working well?

Have swollen lymph node under jaw and 2 others on my neck that are smaller, also have a bad cold, doctor said it mean my immune system is working well?

Likely: If the lymph node enlargement is due to infection, these will subside. If the nodes become larger or additional nodes become larger, it would be prudent to address the issue with your doctor again.
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Could having eaten mouldy bread cause a swollen lymph node in the neck?

Could having eaten mouldy bread cause a swollen lymph node in the neck?

Not likely: A swollen lymph gland in the neck would not be related to ingested food, but would be secondarily caused by infection/inflammation somewhere in that region as a rule. If that swollen node doesn't recede after a couple of weeks, if it enlarges or if other new nodes appear, consult your physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in the neck, my ankle is swollen too. Both my feet are hurting. Plus I have red painful bumps in the feet what's wrong?

I have a swollen lymph node in the neck, my ankle is swollen too. Both my feet are hurting. Plus I have red painful bumps in the feet what's wrong?

Adenopathy: Sounds like a generalized viral process with your neck and feet symptoms. Hand foot and mouth a possibility however you are older. Other infections like strep, mono, coxsackie possible. If you have a high fever, headache or neck stiffness likely best to get checked. ...Read more

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Mild fever that comes and goes (more than 3w) and a swollen lymph node in the neck. Had cough and runny nose but its gone. Fever making me worry. HIV?

Mild fever that comes and goes (more than 3w) and a swollen lymph node in the neck. Had cough and runny nose but its gone. Fever making me worry. HIV?

Not necessarily: The symptoms you are having can have several possible causes, from something minor like a sinus infection to scarier stuff. Something is going on and hasn't gone away on its own. Get an evaluation and treatment by a doctor, in person: the quickest way to get an answer. It is a terrible worry to have, for sure Obviously, if you do not wish to get HIV, prevention is the key next time & every time. ...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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I have colds and swollen lymph node in the neck. I see a small amount of blood when I spit mucus sometimes. Should I be worried?

I have colds and swollen lymph node in the neck. I see a small amount of blood when I spit mucus sometimes. Should I be worried?

Upper respiratory: Infection is common. It is usually caused by a virus but could be bacteria. Usually treated with drinking plenty of warm fluids, analgesics, decongestants and rest. ...Read more

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How often does someone have swollen lymph node in the neck that doesn't have a lump? For HIV in particular does swollen lymph nodes always have lump

How often does someone have swollen lymph node in the neck that doesn't have a lump? For HIV in particular does swollen lymph nodes always have lump

Can you explain?: All swollen lymph nodes are lymps, though they may be deep and you can't feel them. And every male in his twenties, like you, has at least one or two palpable lymph nodes somewhere in the neck. Please do yourself a major favor right now, and go back to your physician and ask to be screened for HIV. Worrying like this is draining you of energy you need for other things. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What can I do about a swollen lymph node in my neck?

What can I do about a swollen lymph node in my neck?

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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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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I have had a swollen lymph node in neck for a long time now what can I do about it?

I have had a swollen lymph node in neck for a long time now what can I do about it?

Swollen lymph node: Swollen lymph node can be caused by many things like infection, trauma/irritation/ inflammation, malignancy etc. Swollen lymph gland on the neck is usually a reactive process from something located on the mouth or other head and neck area. If swollen lymph nodes becomes persistent go to see your primary care doctor and get yourself checked ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in my neck could be from lexapro (escitalopram)?

I have a swollen lymph node in my neck could be from lexapro (escitalopram)?

Lexapro (escitalopram): Was not able to find lymphadenopathy listed as a specific potential side effect from Lexapro (escitalopram) use (http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/lexapro-side-effects. Html). ...Read more

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What causes a swollen lymph node in neck and acne on the shoulder?

What causes a swollen lymph node in neck and acne on the shoulder?

Probably nothing: Acne confined to a shoulder may be from rubbing; we see this in men who bench-press large amounts of weight. Most adults have one or more palpable lymph nodes in the neck, and if they are not rock-hard, fixed to other structures, or growing rapidly, they're best ignored. Glad you're a good observer of the body. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 4yr old son has had a swollen lymph node in his neck from 1.5yrs. It's not growing or painful, but always visible. Should I be worried?

My 4yr old son has had a swollen lymph node in his neck from 1.5yrs. It's not growing or painful, but always visible. Should I be worried?

See pediatrician: Please take your child to the pediatrician to have an examination and measurement of the node. Better to be safe than sorry. Biopsy if suspicious. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in my neck, it's been there for years, it's not protruding, but when I press on it I know it's swollen. Why?

I have a swollen lymph node in my neck, it's been there for years, it's not protruding, but when I press on it I know it's swollen. Why?

No growth-no worries: Lymph nodes are the body filters to remove infections. As with filters in you car and home, used filters cannot be made "like new, " even with extensive cleaning. Similarly, lymph nodes that have participated in an infection are never "new." They remain somewhat enlarged. We become concerned when a lymph node is growing in size, particularly in the context of an illness, as this may be lymphoma. ...Read more

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I have has a swollen lymph node in left side of neck for 9 months. Now in the last 2 weeks 7 more have for swollen same side no pain not sick at all?

Need to see DR: You need to seen by your DR in the near future.
What you are describing needs immediate evaluation to make a DX.

You need a full exam, and probably will need a BX of one of the nodes to make a DX

Even though you are feeling fine, and not "sick"--you need to be seen.

Please call and make your apt today. ...Read more

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Could a swollen lymph node in my neck be caused from a pimple a few inches above it?

Could a swollen lymph node in my neck be caused from a pimple a few inches above it?

Yes: Swollen lymph nodes can occur in areas where there is skin inflammation. If the pimple you are referring to is somewhat large or inflamed, it could cause local lymph node swelling. If this is the case, once the pimple subsides, the lymph node will also. This can sometimes take 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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I think I have a swollen lymph node in my neck. It is really sore. I haven't really felt sick. It is really sore. How do I treat it?

I think I have a swollen lymph node in my neck. It is really sore. I haven't really felt sick. It is really sore. How do I treat it?

Swollen gland: Likely what you are describing is something called lymphadenopathy, which is swelling and inflammation of lymph nodes. This can lead to pain and can be aggravated by movement, depending on the location of the swollen lymph node. Generally speaking, most lymphadenopathy is caused by infectious processes. This could be viral or bacterial. If it is bacterial, the antibiotics can help. Try advil (ibuprofen) too. ...Read more

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Is a swollen lymph node in bacht side of neck that is caused so probably by lice is small and rubbery. When it will go away?

Is a swollen lymph node in bacht side of neck that is caused so probably by lice is small and rubbery. When it will go away?

Lice: When the lice is eradicated and there are no other causes for the lymph node like infected hair follicle. The fact that it is small, rubbery, and not growing over time is reassuring and could also mean it is a non pathologic node. We feel normal lymph node in different areas of our bodies in areas where they are closest to the skin. ...Read more

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4 y/o has had a swollen lymph node in lower side of neck, easily movable, about 1.5-2 CM for 5 mos. Cbc normal, no fevers, node unchanged. Normal?

4 y/o has had a swollen lymph node in lower side of neck, easily movable, about 1.5-2 CM for 5 mos. Cbc normal, no fevers, node unchanged. Normal?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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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Four days ago, I got a new tattoo on my right calf from a reputable shop. Today, however, I noticed a swollen lymph node in my neck, on the same side.

Four days ago, I got a new tattoo on my right calf from a reputable shop. Today, however, I noticed a swollen lymph node in my neck, on the same side.

Unrelated: The more familiar you become with your body, the more you'll notice lymph nodes coming and going. In fact, the excitement of getting a tattoo (I have three) changes your levels of cortisol and this may have redistributed your cells that fight infection -- that's speculative. The vast majority of lymph nodes are your friends. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have a swollen lymph node in my neck right below my ear is it cause for concern?

I have a swollen lymph node in my neck right below my ear is it cause for concern?

Get it checked: Several possibilities....see an ENT. ...could be the result of a long standing infection, could be one of your posterior molar teeth has abscessed ...Read more