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What Will Salt Water Do For Swollen Lymph Nodes
Only if prescribed: Swollen lymph nodes need to be checked, depends what part of the body is involved and what is the cause if your doctor feels the the glands are infected and prescribe amoxicillin, than you may take it and for the full course if you have infectioius mononucleosis and take amoxicillin, it can give you a rash and there are other conditions which can cause swollen glands and antibiotics are not indicate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: A complete history, physical examination and review of available tests is needed for selection of tests, otherwise the list would be too long. See this site for info on this topic and discuss the matter with your doctor. http://www.aafp.org/afp/1998/1015/p1313.html. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Armpit(Axilla): The lymph nodes are located inside your armpit. In order to feel for them you should raise your arm and place one hand on your head and use the fingers of the other hand to feel for any rounded ball(small) like structures between the flat of your fingers and the chest wall. Normal nodes are not palpable but enlarged ones(>1 cm) are suspect and will require a visit with your doctor. ...Read more
The whole armpit: 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
Probably: I hate to say run to the doc every time you feel something but i'd rather be safe than sorry so maybe you should see your doc, especially if the nodes are very large, in multiple locations, not related to an infection, or associated with unexplained weight loss or fevers. Best to you. ...Read more
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