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Where Are Glands Located In The Neck
I can feel a small gland on left side of my neck it does not hurt its hard and its been there for months since I notice it
Enlarged lymph nodes or "lymphadenopathy" are very common. Lymph nodes are part of the immune system and enlarge with white blood cells to fight off infections when they detect a foriegn substance such as a virus or bacteria. (ever notice lumps in your neck with a sore throat?) usually these nodes shrink back down to normal size a few weeks after the infection is over, but can sometimes stay enlarged. No one is quite sure why this happens, but it's usually harmless.
Other illnesses such as autoimmune disease or cancer can cause enlarged lymph nodes, but often multiple nodes are involved, they can get very large, keep growing instead of shrinking and are associated with other symptoms such as fever, chills, weight loss, rash, etc. If you are concerned about this node, or notice it enlarging, becoming painful, or if you nitce more, contact your doctor. ...Read more
Have it evaluated: You can certainly take the usual tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen which will help. A bigger questions is what is the cause? If there is swelling or firmness of the gland, you need to have it evaluated. It may be just a local infection. But you want to make sure it is not a manifestation of something more serious such as a tumor. Lymphomas in particular cause swelling of the neck glands. ...Read more
Often infections: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and you may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Possible infection: Often the glands around your face and/or neck become inflamed (painful) and enlarged when you have some sort of infection. .. a sort of "reaction" to the inflammatory response of your body to an infection. Unfortunately you don't provide much history so I can really tell you much more. If you'd like better guidance consider seeing your doc or a formal consultation here. ...Read more
Swollen neck glands: There are several reasons for swollen neck glands. The most common is an infection. Ear, nose, thoat, sinus, dental. The best, if conditions persist for more than 3-5 weeks, would be to seek expert opinion with your md or dds. ...Read more
Possible...: You may have simply turned your head to far to one side and caused a small stretch. Give it a few days and see if your neck still hurts. ...Read more
When I move my neck to the left I notice either a liump or swollen gland on the right side of my neck. What could it be?
Lump/gland: Given your history it is essential that you see your primary doctor as soon as possible. Hope all goes well. ...Read more
I have a hard, fixed gland (I think) on my neck. It hasn't caused any pain but I haven't experienced other symptoms. What is this?
What would cause submandibular glands to swell on both sides of my neck? They are palpable. No pain. No other symptoms at all. Very worried!!
Lymph nodes?: You may be noting lymph nodes that are enlarged. The lymph system helps to drain the body of infections. The infection could be as simple as a common head cold. It is likely not your submandibular salivary glands that you are feeling. If the swelling is still noticeable in a week, see a doctor. ...Read more
I've been having a swollen feeling on both sides of the lower part of the front neck. Could this mean my glands are swollen and what causes it?
Possible: It could also be your throid gland. See your doctor to differentiate. Either way needs attention and treatment soon. ...Read more
I have a swollen gland in my right lower neck. Hurts when pressed and mobile. Kinda soft to touch. Dangerous? Only palpable if I turn my neck to left.
If your glands are swollen will you be able to see it in your neck because I can only feel it and it feels like it's bigger then the other maybe norma?
Feel swollen yes: If you have swollen lymph nodes you may feel them rather than see them. If there is a question ask your physician. ...Read more
See Dr,: If you have multiple swollen glands in your neck you should see your doctor to find out what is wront. St your age it could be anything from infection to something like lymphoma. Please see your doctor. Multiple swollen glands are more worrisome than a single swollen gland, especially if they have been there for more than a week. ...Read more
Montioring System: 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
Get it checked...: We have only few glands in the back of neck and swelling/lumps you feel are often from sebaceous cyst, which if infected can cause pain and may look like the one in picture here. Lymphnodes are typically small and mobile but can get larger and sore if there is infection near-by the area. If it is bothering you, get it checked. Boil can be lanced and may need antibiotic. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Swollen lymph node: Hi, it seems you have a swollen Lymph node, possibly 2/2 some kind of infection, the infection could be in ur throat, ear or teeth, if this swollen gland didn't go away in a day or 2 then see an MD for evaluation. ...Read more
Likely infectious...: Swollen lymph nodes are typically related to recent or current infection. Can stay swollen for a couple of weeks. If they remain 'squishy and mobile' (meaning you can move them around like a marble under the skin), then they are likely fine. If they get bigger, or feel less well-defined and don't move around, definitely have checked out. Also dpends on what you mean by 'so long'. ...Read more
Not sure?: A gland usually swells because it is trapping undesirred particles from the body, for example, if you have an infection, the gland that is in the area of the infection will grab the bad bugs so to speak to clear the infection. In so doing the gland will swell. If you have a toothache you can get a swollen gland. If you have a sore throat you can get a swollen gland. Head infections too. ...Read more
Depends: Any painful swelling of a gland in the neck that has been present for weeks should be evaluated by your physician to determine a possible cause and to receive the appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Lymph node: Most cases are not serious but if your lymph gland doesn't go away in six weeks, discuss it with your doctor. Sometimes serious problems are present and express themself this way. ...Read more
Neck gland: Tender, swollen neck masses usually imply benign inflammatory process. Hard, non-tender masses more likely to be tumors or metastases. ...Read more
Lumps: The lumps could be lymph nodes that can be scattered around the neck, however, there are several other possibilities. I encourage you to see a physician and have this verified to ensure this is nothing serious. ...Read more
Probably lymph node: There are several lymph glands located within the structures of the neck & will vary in size from the size of a pea to much larger if stimulated. When stimulated they can enlarge quickly and feel tender to touch or compression. A visit with your dr during regular hours should separate the simple transient issues from those needing further tests. ...Read more