Swollen Lymph Nodes

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Definition

Swelling of lymph nodes typically results from localized or systemic infection, abscess formation, or malignancy

Diagnosis

The doctor may perform blood tests, imaging studies, and a lymph node biopsy.

Treatment

The most commonly-used treatment for swollen lymph nodes caused by a bacterial infection is antibiotics. Some OTC pain relievers and fever reducers include aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others).

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms include: runny nose, sore throat, fever and other indications of an upper respiratory infection; general swelling of lymph nodes throughout the body, indicative of infections such as HIV or mononucleosis, an infection of the glands, or immune disorders, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis; red, inflamed skin over the swollen lymph node; swollen limb, possibly indicating lymph system blockage caused by swelling in a lymph node too far under the skin to feel; and hardened, fixed, rapidly growing nodes, possibly indicating a tumor.

Causes

The most common cause of swollen lymph nodes is an infection, especially viral infections such as the common cold. However, there are other types of infection, including parasitic and bacterial, and other possible swollen lymph node causes, such as strep throat, mumps, measles, ear infections, infected tooth, mononucleosis, and wound infections.

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