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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Why do I have throbbing pain and swelling in the lymph nodes present beneath the jaw for the past one year?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old female. My height is 5 feet and 3 inches. I do not have any medical problems, and I am only taking oral contraceptives. I have had swollen lymph nodes underneath my jaw for the past year. I originally thought that the cause might be tonsil stones. A month ago, I noti...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Rathee

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can very well understand your concern. You have provided very little information and have not mentioned other important details, which would have helped a great deal in evaluating your clinical history and making a precise diagnosis. The important information requ...  Read Full »

I have had swollen lymph nodes under my jaw and in my neck. Is it due to an impacted wisdom tooth?

Query: Hello doctor,For the last three to four weeks, I have had swollen lymph nodes under my jaw and in my neck. I get on-and-off pain in both my ears. When I press on the area, I also have pain in my lower jaw, where my wisdom teeth are. My lower wisdom teeth are both impacted. I visited my local doctor,...  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I suggest you consult an ENT surgeon to rule out any infection, such as tuberculosis. Take a chest X-ray, ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), and the Mountax test. Continue the antibiotics till you get the above test results. Thank you.  Read Full »

I suffer from headaches and swollen lymph nodes, which are very painful. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have been having a headache and almost fainted for the past three days; the dizziness is still not gone. I just have swollen lymph nodes under my chin which are tender to touch, and it is quite painful when I move them. I am very healthy and active, with no medical history, alcohol, sex,...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the icliniq.com. Upper respiratory tract infection history should be ruled out here. Posterior pharynx examination and auscultation should be done along with ear infection. Upper respiratory tract infection, otitis, and dental infection can lead to a referred headache. Check your bl...  Read Full »

I have inflamed and painful lymph nodes for many months despite normal blood reports. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I had inflamed and painful lymph nodes for a few months. I checked with a doctor, who advised me to take a few tests. My blood test shows high Interleukin receptor 2 levels. Fine needle aspiration cytology of the inflamed lymph nodes showed benign changes. I am worried that I have lym...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. I reviewed your reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There is no evidence of any lymphoma or any other neoplastic process. Interleukin 2 is a T Lymphocyte activation marker. In leukemias,...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for anxiety, swollen lymph node and spasm in calves?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question regarding ALS vs BFS. I have severe anxiety, a kind fo shakes when arms are crossed, swollen lymph node on the left side of neck, sore wrists, muscle spasms in calves, and on outstretch the left arm gets fatigued. I have done MRI, EKG, and MRI cervical spine.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would explain that ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) does not usually cause just fasciculation. It is usually associated to progressive paralysis and muscle wasting in the hands and legs. Other symptoms like troubles with swallowing, ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for swollen lymph node behind my ear?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had this swollen lymph node behind my ear for about three months now. What could the reason be? There is no pain. I am able to move it. I am not having any other symptoms such as fever, weight loss or fatigue. I have been coughing up mucus for a few years now. Could this be the...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Gupta Jha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you have a small benign lymph node. Lymph nodes do no harm and everyone has lots of them in their bodies. These flare up only when there is a little infection to fight in your surroundings. So there is not much to worry about, especially it is not cancer. ...  Read Full »

The B thrombocytes level of my baby is 539, and the eosinophil levels are 7.2 %. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby is 7 months old. I found swollen lymph nodes on both sides of the neck two days back. I found two nodes on one side, one on the other side, and also one node in the groin. My baby gets a dry coughs during the night. He got the pneumococcal vaccine three weeks back and had respi...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashchandra Nagar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Kindly answer the following questions to know more details: 1. Is the baby running a fever currently? if yes, then how many days has it been? 2. Did you notice any rashes on the skin? 3. Are these nodes painful to touch? 4. Is the baby fe...  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. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

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, headache,...  Read Full »

My 5-year-old son has had swollen lymph nodes on his neck for over ten weeks. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, My 5-year-old kid has had swollen lymph nodes on his neck for over ten weeks. Ten weeks ago, I noticed swollen lymph nodes and waited to see if they would go down because I know it can take some time for them to go down. Because they did not shrink, I took him to his doctor. The doctor...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Please note that it is normal for children below the age of eight years to have such swollen lymph nodes intermittently during times of illness. The most common viral cause of swollen lymph nodes is EBV (Ebstein Barr virus). However, a course...  Read Full »

I have been exposed to HIV, and the test results came negative, but I have been experiencing a few symptoms now. Should I retest again?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been exposed to HIV and took two tests on the 17th day after exposure. The first test was the 4th generation, and the second was the HIV-1 RNA qualitative test. Both of these tests came back negative from the first day of the exposure till today. I experienced some HIV symptoms....  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. Unprotected sexual exposure is a risk factor for multiple STDs (sexually transmitted diseases), including HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). However, the risk depends upon the exposure, whether there was any homo...  Read Full »

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