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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen Glands (Definition)

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


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I'm 22 with 2 swollen lymph nodes on 1 side of my neck for 7 months. They are painless, soft, kinda movable, small, & have not grown. Should I worry?

I'm 22 with 2 swollen lymph nodes on 1 side of my neck for 7 months. They are painless, soft, kinda movable, small, & have not grown. Should I worry?

Lymph nodes: Probably not. Probably they are reactive lymph nodes- either from chronic inflammation on the throat or something in your mouth like gum inflammation or tooth problems etc. Since they have been there for 7 months- next time you see your doctor bring this up so your md can examine them. If you're worried or if they grow, absolutely you should see your md sooner to evaluate more. ...Read more

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Have swollen lymph nodes in neck got a sonography done today and the doctoe said it is nothing to worry. They r 1.5×.90 cms in size. Is it ok.

Lymphadenopathy: Without having all your medical records and the ability to examine you and review your imaging studies it is impossible to say, but it sounds on the surface as if you should be trusting your doctor's opinion. Good luck. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes, one on either side of neck. Both small, between. 5cm-1cm? Should I worry? Is the symmetry a good sign? How long should I wait?

Swollen lymph nodes, one on either side of neck. Both small, between. 5cm-1cm? Should I worry? Is the symmetry a good sign? How long should I wait?

Lymph nodes: Small less than 1 cm freely movable not matted to surrounding tissue. Not source of great concern. But should be monitored. If change enlargement of other symptoms fever night sweats fatigue further evaluation indicated. ...Read more

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String like cord under my armpit after having swollen Lymph nodes  or boil. What is the problem? Should I worry?

String like cord under my armpit after having swollen Lymph nodes  or boil. What is the problem? Should I worry?

Probable vein: Once swollen lymph nodes are noted in axilla, they are in close proximity to the main axillary artery and vein in that region. The nodes are associated with a secondary inflammatory process that has probably produced a thrombosis in side veins adjacent to the main vein draining the arm thru axilla into subclavian vein. Best approach if no temp present Is to use warm compresses over the area. ...Read more

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Today I noticed I have several swollen lymph nodes around my neck. Shud I be worry? Also I feel tired and weak. I have been stressed lately frm work

Today I noticed I have several swollen lymph nodes around my neck. Shud I be worry? Also I feel tired and weak. I have been stressed lately frm work

Stress/lymph nodes?: Stress did not cause the lymphnodes, but can cause poor sleep and thus tiredness etc...
Small nodes around your neck, if the come and go etc. Then not likely to be serious--often viral illnesses do that. If they are persistent and enlarging in sizes, consult with your doc.
In the meantime, stress relief, eat well, sleep well will make you feel better.
Good luck. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes below ear and a few other places and no other symptoms at all. Something to worry about? We are waiting for the blood results.

2 swollen lymph nodes below ear and a few other places and no other symptoms at all. Something to worry about? We are waiting for the blood results.

Catscratch disease?: Single or few, large, mildly painful lymphnode (s) is the most common presentation after the initial several small papules (zit-like) at the site-of-infection/innoculation, usually 1-3 wks later. Most of the cases resolve on their own without treatment in 2-12 month, but some have fever/fatigue, headache, anorexia, joint pain, and other rare/severe symptoms. Consult to make sure this is catscratch. ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes in my neck and left side of face for 5 years. Left side of neck and face is swollen. Dr says don't worry. What do I do?

I have had swollen lymph nodes in my neck and left side of face for 5 years. Left side of neck and face is swollen. Dr says don't worry. What do I do?

Follow-up: Chronically swollen lymph nodes in the head and neck area are generally not due to a malignancy such as lymphoma or head and neck cancer. Chronic infection in the head and neck area could be a cause and there may be some lymphatic blockage causing the swelling. It would not be unreasonable to scan the area and possibly biopsy an accessible node. ...Read more

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2 swollen lymph nodes behind ear. Extremely tired, itchy little bumps and a line of bruises? Anything to worry about?

2 swollen lymph nodes behind ear. Extremely tired, itchy little bumps and a line of bruises? Anything to worry about?

German measles: Or rubella is a possibility. Would recommend checking in with your doctor since the rash is something that will have to be actually seen, Otherwise, your symptoms are suggesting a viral illness. ...Read more

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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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Are swollen lymph nodes visible?

Are swollen lymph nodes visible?

Lymph nodes: Not always. Imaging studies like ct scan or MRI often find enlarged lymph nodes that are not palpable. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes in wide pipe?

Wind pipe, u mean?: Enlarged nodes in the chest can be the result of many things, some more serious than others. Rather than speculating and giving you a mile long list, I would suggest you talk to the doc who ordered the scan and ask him/her about the implications of the scan and what to do next. Best to you. ...Read more

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Why do I have swollen lymph nodes?

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 can cause swollen lymph nodes?

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. The lymph nodes "taste" 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 your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. ...Read more

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Do swollen lymph nodes come and go?

Sure: Depends on the cause. Swollen nodes caused by infection or inflammation would be expected to go back to normal whereas those caused by cancer normally keep on growing (there are exceptions even to this, though). Moral of the story: unexplained enlargement of nodes should be evaluated by your doc. Best to you. ...Read more

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I have swollen lymph nodes! Help me!?

Go see a doctor: You need to get a medical exam done in order to find the cause of swollen nodes. Unless it is an infection, you may need a biopsy of the lymph nodes if they are more than one cm in size and getting bigger over time. ...Read more

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Lose of apetite swollen lymph nodes?

Lose of apetite swollen lymph nodes?

Many possibilities: Bacterial and viral infections can cause these symptoms. Strept throat, mononucleosis, HIV lymphangitis etc. Malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma are possibilities as well. Should seek consultation with physician for exam, blood tests, and sometimes imaging. ...Read more

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What do swollen lymph nodes feel like?

What do swollen lymph nodes feel like?

It depends on their: Size. In general, they are bean shaped and feel firm but not hard. They may be tender to the touch. Lymph nodes that are cancerous tend to be fixed in one place, while "benign" nodes wiggle somewhat under the skin. Nodes that pop up over a short period of time are usually caused by nearby infection. Strep throat, for example can cause noticeable swell of nodes in the neck. Dr. anne ...Read more

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Lose of apetite swollen lymph nodes?

Lose of apetite swollen lymph nodes?

Many possibilities: Bacterial and viral infections can cause these symptoms. Strept throat, mononucleosis, HIV lymphangitis etc. Malignancies such as leukemia and lymphoma are possibilities as well. Should seek consultation with physician for exam, blood tests, and sometimes imaging. ...Read more

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Why do I have a lot swollen lymph nodes?

Why do I have a lot swollen lymph nodes?

It must be reason: For that, the most common are:
1-nfection.
2-virus.
3-inflammation: infiltration with inflammatory cells during infection or inflammation in a region of a given lymph node.
4-cancer.
5-cancer of the blood: uncontrolled, malignant multiplication of lymphocytes as in lymphoma or leukemia. ...Read more

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How to know if have swollen lymph nodes?

Feeling them.: You can usually feel them behind the ears and in front. Along the sides of the neck also under the chin. Most are benign meaning (not cancer) shows your body might be fighting an infection. ...Read more

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What should I do for 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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What to do if I have swollen lymph nodes?

Watch for changes: If the nodes are swollen for a long period of time or change in number without diminishing in number, they should be checked for pathology.
They maybe enlarged from inflammation, infection or presence of tumor. Increase in number or size may require biopsy. ...Read more

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Young male child with swollen lymph nodes?

Young male child with swollen lymph nodes?

See your doctor: Any child with enlarged lymph nodes should have a visit to his/her pediatrician. Most enlargement of lymph nodes are what we called reactive enlargement, because it is usually associated with an infectious process, like sore throat, ear infection, etc. Now, enlargement of lymph nodes that are persistent, above certain size or in certain places can be the the first sign of more severe diseases. ...Read more

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What can having swollen lymph nodes cause?

Good health, maybe: Everybody has a few swollen lymph nodes around their bodies. If you feel well otherwise, and the nodes are not super-big or fixed to surrounding structures, they are your friends. Something as simple as going barefoot in the summer can make impressive nodes pop up in your groin. If you're asymptomatic, be happy. ...Read more

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How can I know I have swollen lymph nodes?

Not always: Generally those that can be felt will be in the neck, in the armpit, along the inguinal area, and along the groove above the clavicle. These will feel like round bumps, usually a centimeter or more in size, and may or may not be tender, feel soft or hard, be movable or not. The clue is that they are new, and have not been felt previously. ...Read more

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Any tips for soothing swollen lymph nodes?

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 are the causes of swollen lymph nodes?

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 should you do for swollen lymph nodes?

See your doctor: Often this is a sign of infection, either viral or bacterial.
There are other more serious causes.
Your doctor can evaluate you an put your mind at ease. ...Read more