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What does it mean if a person has multiple swollen glands under an arm?

What does it mean if a person has multiple swollen glands under an arm?

Couple possibilities: Axillary lymphadenopathy , lymphadenitis, follicular cysts, sebaceous cysts, sebaceous adenitis, sweat gland cysts or tumors, or lipomas. A primary care doctor can examine and determine the type of swollen "glands" and due tests to determine the cause. Typically axillary lymph node swellings (adenopathy or adenitis) are due to infections or cancer. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tender Lymph Nodes (Definition)

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What exactly does it mean when a person has multiple swollen glands underarm?

What exactly does it mean when a person has multiple swollen glands underarm?

swollen glands: If you shave under your arms you may have infected hair follicles which caused the nodes to swell. This could have been caused by using an old dirty razor. See your doctor for help. ...Read more

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As a guy, what does it mean if have a lump directly under my nipple?

As a guy, what does it mean if have a lump directly under my nipple?

How old are you?: Pubescent boys have lumps under the nipple as normal part of puberty. After that, get it checked out with your doctor. Any lump associated with breast is a casue for concern, male of female. ...Read more

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Does underarm swelling automatically mean a person has breast cancer or something very serious? What else can it mean?

Does underarm swelling automatically mean a person has breast cancer or something very serious? What else can it mean?

Lumpy armpits: No. It is in no way an automatic diagnosis of breast cancer. If indeed it's a lymph node swollen, it could be due to anything from a plugged breast duct that got a little infected, to an ingrown hair in your arm pit, to a systemic viral illness, to absolutely nothing. Try a few days of scheduled anti-inflammatories and hot compresses, and if it isn't better, let your doctor check you out. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have a swollen lymph node or a paraganglioma below the ear lobe. The swell is about 3cm and it doesn't hurt. I have no infections?

How can I know if I have a swollen lymph node or a paraganglioma below the ear lobe. The swell is about 3cm and it doesn't hurt. I have no infections?

Lymphadenopathy: You need to have yourself checked by your doctor and you need cbc. No neglect as some serious diseases can be cured if diagnosed early. ...Read more

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If a cyst is painless does that mean it isn't infected? Would it cause a nearby lymph node to swell? I'm 18 with a cyst and swollen node in armpit.

If a cyst is painless does that mean it isn't infected? Would it cause a nearby lymph node to swell? I'm 18 with a cyst and swollen node in armpit.

Usually: infection generally hurts, gets red and swollen. cysts can be very large with no infection just see them. No nearby lymph nodes should not swell, this is concerning and should be checked b your doctor, even young people can sometimes need medical care ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have one swollen lymph node? I also have an unbearably soar throat, i'm assuming its either mono or strep throat. Either way i need to see a physician, but I am currently without insurance. The lymph node that is swollen is on the left s

Is it unusual to have one swollen lymph node? I also have an unbearably soar throat, i'm assuming its either mono or strep throat. Either way i need to see a physician, but I am currently without insurance. 
The lymph node that is swollen is on the left s

If : If you have been exposed to someone with strep throat, then you should be evaluated and treated. Untreated strep throat can have other more serious complications. You should be evaluated. There are several urgent cares available that have generous policies for patients without insurance. Call around and see if you can find an option that you can afford. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a slightly swollen thyroid gland ?

What exactly does it mean to have a slightly swollen thyroid gland ?

Could be OK: Depends on how swollen and the cause. It could be from thyroiditis. It could be upper limits of normal. Did your doctor test your thyroid function? ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what does it mean if an ultrasound of the thyroid has enlarged lymph nodes at the neck area?

I'm curious as to what does it mean if an ultrasound of the thyroid has enlarged lymph nodes at the neck area?

May not be serious: It depends on several things: how large are they? The larger they are the more concerning. Are they tender? If so, they are probably from infection or inflammation, rather than cancer. Enlarged, non-tender lymph nodes in the neck which don't go away are cause for concern and should be sampled with a needle biopsy which can be done with ultrasound guidance. ...Read more

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I have a slight dome like lump under both armpits. Doc has checked and said is normal. Could they be sweat glands or is it something else ?

I have a slight dome like lump under both armpits. Doc has checked and said is normal. Could they be sweat glands or is it something else ?

Armpits: Could be sweat glands, symmetric fat distribution, or other -- would recommend an ultrasound to verify a benign, non-worrisome diagnosis. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if I have swollen lymph nodes in multiple places?

What exactly does it mean if I have swollen lymph nodes in multiple places?

Get it evaluated: It means that it absolutely needs to be evaluated to determine the cause. That includes, blood tests, scans and a possible biopsy of a node. Do not delay. ...Read more

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I have a 1cm long oblong white bump on my side. It is not an area that has often been exposed to the sun. Is it anything to be concerned about?

I have a 1cm long oblong white bump on my side. It is not an area that has often been exposed to the sun. Is it anything to be concerned about?

White bump: You should probably see your primary care physician or dermatologist for this lesion. She/he will better be able to determine if it warrants biopsy or removal. ...Read more

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What could it mean if a teen wakes up with a swollen lip?

What could it mean if a teen wakes up with a swollen lip?

Swollen lip: The lip can be swollen because of an allergy or possible infection ...Read more

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Is it possible that I could be confusing an carotid anurysm with a swollen lymphnode I mean the knot or swollen thing is right on the artery or is ?

Is it possible that I could be confusing an carotid anurysm with a swollen lymphnode I mean the knot or swollen thing is right on the artery or is ?

See / Feel Node: A carotid artery anuerysm requires a scan of the area. Barring a hematoma/lymphangioma, most often if you can feel it, it is round in nature, it is most likely the lymph node. It is more than likely, especially in the teenage population, the lymph node. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a small lump in the groin area, it is also sore?

What does it mean if you have a small lump in the groin area, it is also sore?

Get it checked out: It is most likely a small lymphnode or a cyst, but bacterial infection with klebsiella ganulomatis is possible, often starts as small, painless nodules appearing after 10–40 days following contact with the bacteria. Later the nodules burst, creating open, fleshy, oozing, and infection continues to destroy the tissue until treated. Not to scare u, but should consult doc if worsens. Good luck. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have a swollen lymph nodes and your jaw hurts?

Typically indicates: Some sort of infection. Best to be seen by your pcp. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Testing for fibromyalgia if when pressure is applied to the tender spots how much is it suppose to hurt? It feels like i just got stomped on or punched repeatedly does that mean I have it? I'm only 19 does that make a difference?

Testing for fibromyalgia if when pressure is applied to the tender spots how much is it suppose to hurt? It feels like i just got stomped on or punched repeatedly does that mean I have it? I'm only 19 does that make a difference?

More to diagnosis: The diagnosis requires more than just a certain number of trigger points. There are numerous other factors often present as well like a sleep disorder, irritable bowel. See a pmr doctor or rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

Swollen glands = inflamed lymph nodes (doesn't actually ...Read more