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What To Do For Swollen Glands
Visit your DR: There are to many possible causes, unless you have any other symptoms it would be hard to diagnose. ...Read more
What to do? Temp, swollen glands, sore throat, malaise 3 days, temp no 103 taking aspirin, tolerates fluids well,
Probably Viral infec: Sore throat is frequently caused by a virus(viral upper respiratory infection). You can take Aspirin or tylenol (acetaminophen) for relief of symptoms but it has to be repeated every 6 to every 8 hours in order to control the fever. Fever should settle down in 3-5 days. If the fever persists you should see your family doctor as you may require antibiotics if you have strept throat infection. ...Read more
Lymph nodes: The swollen "glands" under your jaw or upper neck, that occur during a cold, are lymph nodes full of lymphocytes reacting to fight the cold virus. They produce cytokines that cause pain and fever: Your bodies way of telling you to take it easy. They will subside on their own after the virus is cleared. Aspirin, Tylenol, (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen may ease the pain of tender lymph nodes or sore throat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Culture spots: Swollen glands showing white spots does not suggest lymph glands situated along venous chains such as groin, axilla and neck. It probably is the lymphoid tissue in the oropharynx where presence of white spots reflects presence of sites of infection in glands such as tonsil. Cultures should be taken and if cervical nodes then noted, bx should be added ...Read more
Strep test/ cultures: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle several times a day. Or gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. ...Read more
Lymph nodes: Which glands (lymph nodes) are you referring to? If you have swollen lymph nodes in the neck and a recent upper respiratory infection, that may be normal. If you have lymph nodes in other areas like the arm pit or groin or the ones in the neck that don't go away, you need to see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Show it to your doct: You need a medical examination done by your doctor. Any lump that is over half an inch should be examined by your doctor and further tested if it is growing in size. ...Read more
Biopsy: The only way to definitely know why lymph glands are swollen is biopsy. However, most of the time they are benign. Benign glands are generally small, painless, soft, and located in several areas. They also tend not to get larger, and sometimes wax and wane in size over time. A growing lymph node, or one which is painful or very hard to touch should be looked into. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Enlarged Or Swollen Glands (Definition)
Swollen glands usually refers to enlarged lymph nodes. Lymph nodes may become enlarged during an infection as the nodes fill with white blood cells. ...Read more
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