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I woke up with a swollen lymph node on the back left side of my neck. Quite sore and slightly painful?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

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. Lori Wagner
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Our filters

Lymph nodes are our filters to take organisms (bacteria, viruses, etc) out of our bloodstream. Most common reason for a swollen lymph node is infection.
Especially if it is sore and swollen, it is more likely to be secondary to infection or inflammation (it can also swell in association with allergies).

In brief: Our filters

Lymph nodes are our filters to take organisms (bacteria, viruses, etc) out of our bloodstream. Most common reason for a swollen lymph node is infection.
Especially if it is sore and swollen, it is more likely to be secondary to infection or inflammation (it can also swell in association with allergies).
Dr. Lori Wagner
Dr. Lori Wagner
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Dr. Allen Seely
General Practice

In brief: Maybe lymphadenitis

You should get seen and you may need an antibiotic for 'lymphadenitis' (a common condition of infected lymph node).

In brief: Maybe lymphadenitis

You should get seen and you may need an antibiotic for 'lymphadenitis' (a common condition of infected lymph node).
Dr. Allen Seely
Dr. Allen Seely
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