What could cause painful, swollen lymph nodes in neck?

Inflammation in H&N. Painful swollen nodes an indication of an inflammatory process in the H&N area. If the nodes are high in the posterior neck region, examine the scalp for an infection. If in anterior triangle mid neck one should do endoscopy to see if lesion in area of larynx or cords . In supraclavicular area, inflammation apex of lung can cause the problem and chest X ray can help. Bx if necessary.

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What could cause a painful, swollen lymph node in neck?

Usually inflammation. Swollen lymph nodes in the neck are the sign of some form of pathology. Nodes don't enlarge spontaneously. When there is a malignancy of the oral cavity that spreads to lymph nodes they enlarge, become matted, and for the most part fix to jugular vein. Painful nodes are the sign of inflammation such as oral cavity or pharynx unassociated with tumor. Antibiotics may be necessary for control. Read more...

I have painful, swollen lymph nodes in neck. Will this just last for a few dats if left alone?

See a doctor. Painful, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck should be checked out by a doctor. They could be a symptom of a serious infection or worse yet a tumor. Read more...

High levels of stress and lack of sleep cause 12 swollen lymph nodes in neck? Had some for 1+ years & got 5 more in 3 weeks. Also 3 by left underarm.

Doubtful. Have you had doctor check enlarged lymph nodes? Lymph node swelling is most often caused by various infections: flu, chickenpox or infections mononucleosis. Cancer may spread to nodes. Leukemia and lymphomas will also cause node swelling. However, these type of swellings grow more slowly, and tend to be hard and fixed. Please have your doctor check to rule out infection or anything more serious. Read more...

I would like help with swollen lymph nodes in neck?

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...