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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

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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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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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 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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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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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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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

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Gallstone like pain under ribs and swollen lymph nodes, should I be concerned?

Gallstone like pain under ribs and swollen lymph nodes, should I be concerned?

See doctor: That is an interesting combination of symptoms that requires investigation from different points of view . I would see my doctor to get started in the right direction ...Read more

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What are swollen lymph nodes?

What are swollen lymph nodes?

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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