7 doctors weighed in:

3 neck glands swollen on my right side. No pain, but a lot of drainage and occasional stuffy nose. Sinus infection or viral infection?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Julie Abbott
Preventive Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Could be either, or?

You are correct in presuming that typically swollen lymph nodes are due to an infection nearby.
Bacterial infections may be more likely to cause this than viral, but both can do it. Laryngeal/throat infection more likely to cause than higher up sinuses. Watch these glands. If they don't resolve in 2-3 weeks, have your doctor examine you. Sometimes enlarged lymph nodes are tumor, not infection.

In brief: Could be either, or?

You are correct in presuming that typically swollen lymph nodes are due to an infection nearby.
Bacterial infections may be more likely to cause this than viral, but both can do it. Laryngeal/throat infection more likely to cause than higher up sinuses. Watch these glands. If they don't resolve in 2-3 weeks, have your doctor examine you. Sometimes enlarged lymph nodes are tumor, not infection.
Thank
1 comment
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
True, and sometimes palpable lymph nodes persist with no active residual infection
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. William Forsythe
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
26 years in practice
179K people helped
Continue
100,000 doctors available