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I have 5 swollen lymph nodes! 3 behind my ears and 2 on the back of my neck. They're on my left side. What's going on?!

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Dr. Clarence Lyons
Family Medicine
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In brief: See a doctor

With that many enlarged lymph nodes you should see a doctor soon to let them find the cause.

In brief: See a doctor

With that many enlarged lymph nodes you should see a doctor soon to let them find the cause.
Dr. Clarence Lyons
Dr. Clarence Lyons
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

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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