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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Query: Hello doctor, I have a very sore throat, and can barely talk or swallow. It is very red and swollen with red streaks and blisters. It hurts mostly on the left side, and my left ear hurts as well. My glands are very swollen to a point of protruding from my neck and are tender to touch. I have a low ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the pictures. (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your description and the images point to acute granular tonsillopharyngitis, a bacterial throat infection, probably due to streptococcus. With low grade fever, throat pain, difficulty in spea... Read Full »