Lymph Node Enlargement

Lymph nodes drain the lymphatic fluid and offer protection. Any infection causes lymph node enlargement or lymphadenopathy. They become palpable and tender during an infection. It is usually accompanied by fever, cold, night sweats, etc. Based on the site of infection, the lymph nodes pertaining to the area swell. Hard and fixed nodes are a sign of malignancy. Leukemia and lymphoma are malignancies involving the lymphatic system.

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I am noticing a lump under my arms which is rubbery and tender. What could be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump under my arm. I do shave, but I am unsure if it is from shaving or a lymph node. First, it was rubbery and tender on both armpits. Now, it is dark in color and fading, does not hurt anymore, and is not tender to touch. I have had it for a week.  Read Full »

Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to In the axillary region, it is common in a lot of populations to see such a lump. There is no problem in shaving. I suggest you consult a doctor and take the following medications with his or her consent. 1) Tablet Augmentin 625 duo (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid) ...  Read Full »

Why did my 1.4-year-old daughter develop a painless swelling behind her right ear?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is 1.4 years old. Before two days, we observed a swelling at the back of her right ear. It seems that it is painless because when I pressed it, she does not cry or react. The swollen part is in the skin color only. I am concerned about it as I read on the internet that it co...  Read Full »

Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand that you are concerned about the swelling behind the right ear of your baby. Since your child does not cry or react to the pressure applied to the swelling, we can rule out the abscess. Usually, it would be very painful to touch and look red. Also, there is n...  Read Full »

Will antibiotics heal my painful groin cysts?

Query: Hello doctor,I have two groin cysts. They are red and purple lumps under the skin, the size of a 50c Austrian coin, and are painful to touch. I have two of them next to one another and are on glands and arteries, and blood vessels. I have been given a double dosage of antibiotics, and a 50 % chance ...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I have gone through the photos and details (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It appears to be due to some infection in the local region, maybe the genital area or lower limbs. Look for any infection in the area. Anyway, yo...  Read Full »

Why do I have a fever and finding it hard to swallow?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38-year-old female with a weight of 68 kilograms and a height of five feet four inches. While swallowing, I have pain in my throat. I think that my tonsils are swollen with a white strip-like substance on the surface. My lymph node on the neck is also swollen. I am taking Parace...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. According to the statement, you are suffering from fever with swelling of tonsils and lymph nodes in the neck with the pain while swallowing. Severe types of infections can cause white spots on the tonsils. It can be a bacterial or viral or fu...  Read Full »

My 7-year-old son has enlarged lymph nodes. Should I be worried?

Query: Hello doctor, My 7-year-old son has lymph nodes behind his left ear and groin area. Since four years of age, lymph nodes have been present in the right neck and groin area. His general practitioner has requested a blood test, and we have the results in hand. Blood test results show low ferritin leve...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. However, please note that such lymph nodes occasionally enlarge during viral or bacterial illnesses in children below eight years. These grow smaller on their own after the disease subsides. Do not worry. These lymph nodes are only of con...  Read Full »

I have chest pain and chest report shows non-necrotic bilateral axillary lymph nodes. Is it cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. I have been having chest pain on the left side. The chest report shows few subcentimetric non-necrotic lymph nodes in the bilateral axillary region. The largest lymph node on the right side measures (15 x 9 mm). Can you please suggest whether the report shows ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, The subcentimetric lymph nodes are 99% insignificant. They indicate some minor infection that can be easily cured with antibiotics. However, if the pain persists, the lymph nodes start increasing in size, you start losing weight or s...  Read Full »

What is the reason for my recurrent throat pain and swollen lymph nodes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am sorry as this will be a bit long. I will try to explain concisely. I am a 40 year old male, and I weigh 100 kg and 1.85 m tall. I have toxoplasmosis. Last year, I had a weird throat ache, like a persistent itch on the upper side of my left palatine tonsil. It is hard to describe, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Toxoplasmosis has a sore throat as one of its presenting complaints. So, do not worry about the sore throat as well as rest of the symptoms. They are due to toxoplasmosis only as your tests also show positive for antibodies. An MRI need not be done until you have any com...  Read Full »

What is the painful swelling under my jaw?

Query: Hi doctor, A few months back I noticed that underside my jaw is swollen and painful, just one side (left). I did not have any symptoms. So, I thought its flu-related. But now it got worse, a bit painful, sore and can feel something inside like a lump that moves. I went to the doctor but they said l...  Read Full »

Dr. Mashfika N Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be an inflamed submandibular, submental or jugulodigastric lymph node depending on the exact location. Since it is painful, it could be due to an infection of the oral cavity like the gums, tooth, tonsils, etc. Even an aphthous ulcer can lead to an inflamed lym...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about the mass on my infant's cheek?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 2-years-old. She has a mass on her cheek, it was small a few months ago, but it is getting bigger now. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be a lipoma (fat mass). The treatment is surgical excision of the mass, and a surgical opinion is needed. Kindly answer me the following; 1) Is the mass painful? 2) Any history of injury? 3) When did it appear? 4) Does she have a fever? Revert with the an...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for abdominal lymphadenopathy in a child?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter, who is five years old, was detected with abdominal lymphadenopathy. Her ESR level is 62. She is also suffering from constipation and abdominal pain. Her doctor advised blood tests, ultrasound, and endoscopy followed by histopathology. The biopsy report shows chronic duoden...  Read Full »

Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You should not worry. There is no evidence of cancer in the given scenario (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Lymph nodes (LN) in the abdomen are normal structures. The lymph nodes enlarge in the presence of infection and malignancy. Here, LN is not s...  Read Full »

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