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How can you tell if your lymph nodes are abnormally enlarged in your neck, armpits or groin?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: Get checked

If lymph nodes are enlarged for no apparent reason, and remain that way for any significant duration of time, are hard to the touch, are quite tender, increase in number, or are accompanied by other symptoms it might be a good idea to have a professional examine you.

In brief: Get checked

If lymph nodes are enlarged for no apparent reason, and remain that way for any significant duration of time, are hard to the touch, are quite tender, increase in number, or are accompanied by other symptoms it might be a good idea to have a professional examine you.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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