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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 have a slightly swollen lymph node on my neck. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, About 17 days ago, I discovered a slightly swollen lymph node on my neck right above one of my glands and below my ear (left side). If it were not for me randomly picking at my neck, I would not haveknown about it because it is not visible. It does not feel extremely big. I can just tell ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Do not worry. It seems to be due to a subacute infection of the upper respiratory tract. Lymphadenitis is due to the same, and it is not a serious issue. It is common. I suggest the following solutions for your complaints: Do gargle with B...  Read Full »

Does canker sore make lymph node swollen?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old male. I have a canker sore. I was wondering if it is common to have a swollen right lymph node with tenderness, body pain, and tiredness along with the sore. Please explain.  Read Full »


Dr. Prabhakar Laxman Jathar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Cankersore also referred as aphthous ulcer, is a non-specific ulceration of non-keratinous mucous membrane of the mouth. The exact cause why these occur is not clear. Irritation of mucous membrane due to acidic foods and citrous foods could be a possibility. Pain is quit...  Read Full »

There is an enlarged node six months after risky exposure but HIV tests are negative. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, After my risky exposure with CSW(Community Sex Worker), day 10th HIV(Human Immunodeficiency Virus) RNA(Ribonucleic acid) PCR(Polymerase chain Reaction) with Taqman method and four weeks and 12 weeks CMIA (Chemiluminescent Microparticle Immuno Assay)test at laboratory, all are non-re...  Read Full »


Dr. Shah Sushma Kant

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Lots of tests you have undergone and all have turned negative, so you cannot label as HIV positive. If the lymph node is big enough, consult a general surgeon for FNAC (Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology )and histopathological examination will give clear picture about wha...  Read Full »

Which imaging test is best to identify my neck lymph nodes?

Query: Hello doctor, How are you? I have asked you a question in the past, and you were kind and thorough. So here is another question, it is a general one. If any of these tests were done, would they show the lymph nodes of the neck? Perhaps as an incidental finding? MRI of the brain. MRI of the cervica...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Glad to have you back! I am here to help you get the best medical advice. I understand your concern. I am good. How are you? You asked which imaging tests would show the lymph nodes of the neck. Among the given options, CT (computed tomography) neck and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) neck a...  Read Full »

I have a lump in my neck after TB. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25 years old. I had contracted TB in the past (about three years ago). I was put on medication by my doctor for eight to nine months, and then I was cleared of it. I had a swelling on the right-hand side of the lymph in the neck just above the collar bone, which was drained off us...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understand your concern. Based on your description, it is possible that the "small ball-like structure" you have noticed is a scar tissue or lymph node that has formed in the area where the surgery was performed. Scar tissue is a common resul...  Read Full »

I am concerned about a palpable lymph node in my collar bone. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I had a palpable lymph node in my collarbone about a month back, and I did an ultrasound neck to check it. It came out as 0.76 cm×0.35 cm lymph node oval-shaped with preserved hilum. The doctor put me up for a follow-up and after a month in a second ultrasound, the size came out to be ...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I have reviewed the details mentioned and the lymph node size is nearly constant. A measurement change of 0.1 mm in the short axis is not significant. Therefore I wish to assume that the lymph node has remained unchanged in the one-mo...  Read Full »

I am suffering from stomach issues for four months. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 33-year-old having good health. I feel pain in the left shoulder and left foot almost every day. I often have body pain. My vitamin D level is normal, but my calcium levels are high. Sometimes, I have difficulties in the lower left side of the abdomen, but I do not have pain...  Read Full »


Dr. Babu Lal Meena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. The answers to your queries are as follows: 1. Do you think the swelling in my mouth is related to any GI problem? It is unlikely because such swelling is mainly related to infection in the mouth or pharynx. 2. Do you think the no...  Read Full »

I have urinary incontinence. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 34 years old male. I started having incontinence problems about four to six months ago (cause unknown). It began with issues only happening at night while sleeping. A month ago it had progressed to occasionally not even being able to make it to the bathroom before I began to pee. T...  Read Full »


Dr. Khant Shahil Ramesh Bhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Relax and do not worry. I have some questions for you, at present do you have any incontinence? Was it protected or unprotected sex? Are ulcers at the site of the cut or in your penis? If possible send me more broad view images of ulcers and penis and of lymph nodes ...  Read Full »

I can feel multiple lymph nodes in my neck. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, In the past, I have only been able to feel one lymph node in my neck on my left side. I now feel three on the left and two on the right (towards the back). My doctor also found one near my collarbone. All are painless. They are about a centimeter in diameter. I have an inch in diamete...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your detailed query and can well understand your concerns. Lymph nodes are the areas where our body fights against the foreign bodies like pathogens (like bacteria). If there is an infection of the throat, lymph nodes draining the throat area kicks in...  Read Full »

Can penis rubbing on bed transmit HIV?

Query: Hello doctor,I have some symptoms like swollen lymph nodes and rapid heartbeat. This started four years ago when I rubbed my naked penis on a bed that had black fluid and hair on it. I do not know if the fluid was semen or blood, or if it could transmit HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses). How long...  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. The chances of transmission of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) by the act you described on the bed are nil. Healthcare professionals are trained to follow universal precautions. They will not reuse needles. So the chances of transmission of ...  Read Full »

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