Swollen lymph nodes on the neck are not something to be ignored. They mainly result from a virus or infection. It is the lymph glands that play an important role in fighting infections – they prevent them from spreading in the body.
It is also important to understand that in some cases, swollen lymph nodes may be a sign of cancer, so there is definitely a reason to make a doctor’s appointment sooner rather than later.
Other causes of swollen lymph nodes on the neck
- Cold or flu.
- HIV infection.
- Sore throat.
- Ear or tooth infection.
- Sinus infection.
How to know that a lymph node is swollen?
If there is a lump the size of a cherry or a pea on your neck, then this is a swollen lymph node. It is also painful when touched or even without it. The swelling can hurt even when you turn your head to the side or chew. If swollen lymph nodes are caused by a cold or flu, they may also be accompanied by the following symptoms:
- runny nose;
- excessive sweating.
When is it time to see the doctor immediately?
- There is no apparent reason for the appearance of lymph nodes. For example, you know for sure that you don’t have a cold.
- They don’t go back to normal after 2 weeks or longer.
- They keep growing.
- You run a high fever.
But the main recommendation is to make a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible. Do not self-medicate or rely on folk remedies. In case of a cold, warm heat, such as a scarf, is advised. No need to heat up. If the lymph nodes are swollen due to cancer, they may stay that way until it is addressed. And remember that if left untreated, swollen lymph nodes can lead to complications: abscess formation (accumulation of pus) or bloodstream infection. Be sure to listen to the recommendations of your doctor and follow them. Stay healthy!
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