Swollen Lymph Node

Lymph nodes swell when the body fights to ward off infections. The lymphocytes (immune cells) within the lymph nodes increase in number during infection to fight it off, resulting in swollen lymph nodes. They are located throughout the body. Swollen lymph nodes are palpable. Lymph nodes swell in conditions like the common cold, pharyngitis, tonsillitis, skin abrasions and infection, ear infection, infected teeth, cancer (leukemia, lymphoma, etc.), tuberculosis, etc.

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I had oral sex with a man and started PEP within 56 hours after exposure. Can I be HIV positive?

Query: Hi doctor, I had oral sex with another man a month back. The partner never finished in my mouth. I started to feel symptoms of a sore throat the next day and developed a night sweat that night. I also had swollen lymph nodes. I started PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) within 56 hours of exposure. I n...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Thank you for the query.The chances of transmission of HIV by single unprotected oral sex is almost nil unless there are bleeding wounds in your oral cavity. The risk is low to nil. When PEP has been initiated within 56 hours of exposure, the risk is even further reduced. I...  Read Full »

Kindly answer some queries regarding HIV ARS symptoms and timelines.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a few query regarding HIV ARS symptoms and timelines. 1. What are the most common symptoms of HIV ARS? 2. How long does the symptoms usually last for? 3. How long after exposure do symptoms occur? 4. Can HIV ARS present itself with just one symptom?  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have some queries regarding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) ARS (antiretroviral syndrome), symptoms, and timelines. The most common symptoms of HIV ARS are fever, fatigue, h...  Read Full »

If not swollen, can we feel the lymph nodes in the neck?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it normal to feel lymph nodes under the jaw or neck? They are tiny without pain. They move well and I can feel them.   Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you can feel your lymph nodes under the jaw or neck and you want to know whether it is normal. Lymph nodes are situated in various areas of the body but people can usually feel lymp...  Read Full »

What is the window period for HIV testing?

Query: Hello doctor,Three months back, I had an exposure with a girl whose HIV (human immunodeficiency syndrome) status is unknown. During the intercourse, my condom is halfway slipped, and I stopped doing it when I masturbate. I felt pain and had a slight injury under my foreskin. What are the chances of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The window period is 12 weeks after the exposure, and any test done beyond this is considered definitive. The 4th generation HIV test detects both p24 antigen and antibodies as well. Hence the test does not rely only on antibody production and is more accurate even a...  Read Full »

What further investigations should I do for HIV?

Query: Hello doctor,I want to present my case to you. Three years ago, I had a relationship with a person, after one year, I started to have symptoms. I did seven HIV tests in the last six months, and all were negative. However, I still have the following symptoms: sinusitis, swollen and painful lymph node...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you please tell me the name of the test you underwent? I am looking forward to your response in order to help you.  Read Full »

In what cases high platelet count is noticed?

Query: Hello doctor. I just had a CBC done where my platelet count was 498. My last one was 423 about a year ago. I have not been feeling well lately with a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. I also had the second COVID vaccine two weeks ago, and I was told that it could be the cause of the swollen lymp...  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Elevated platelets: Grade 1 thrombocytosis: platelets 550-649. Grade 2 thrombocytosis: platelets 650-749. Grade 3 thrombocytosis: platelets 750-849. Grade 4 thrombocytosis: platelets 850-1099. Grade 5 thrombocytosis: platelets 1100 or more. Elevated platelets are ...  Read Full »

What causes lumps behind the ear?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a big lump on my right ear, which is getting bigger day by day. I do not know how to deal with this. I have attached the photographs with it.  Read Full »


Dr. Nayyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It appears to be a papilloma (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), a benign condition. Usually, it has a pedicle, and it can be excised even under local anesthetic. It should be sent for histopathological examination to confirm its nature.  Read Full »

Should I get an HIV test for swollen lymph nodes under my arms?

Query: Hello doctor,Around six months ago, I had oral intercourse with a male. He did not ejaculate in my mouth, but there was precum in my mouth. Two weeks later, I started getting abdominal pain, muscle cramps, and fatigue. I was told by a professional not to get an HIV test done as it was extremely low ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from swollen glands underneath your arms with rashes. You had oral sexual intercourse six months ago. And you assume there is there may any link between your present sufferings with th...  Read Full »

Does COVID-19 vaccination cause side effects in patients with NLH?

Query: Hi doctor,I am going to get a COVID-19 shot after two days. I read that there are some side effects due to COVID-19 shot. One of the common side effect observed is swollen lymph nodes. I have follicular nonhodkins lymphoma with some node swelling on the left side of my neck. Do I need to be concerne...  Read Full »


Dr. Nagaraj Patil

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. First, I need to discuss about swollen nodes. It is one of the side effects of COVID-19 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) vaccination as it can elicit an immune response as a part of the body's reaction. As a result, it leads t...  Read Full »

What causes painful swollen lymph node on the hip?

Query: Hello doctor,I am experiencing some pain in my right hip area. I then found a lump on my right hip. I did an ultrasound and found that it is a swollen lymph node. We then ran a full CT with contrast. Can someone explain the results to me?  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. Your statement has been suffering from some pain and a lump on the right hip area. Ultrasound has shown a swollen lymph node on the right hip area. You have an inguinal lymph node too. Your CT scan has revealed a ruptured right luteal cys...  Read Full »

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