Swollen Lymph Nodes | Auburn Medical Group

Welcome to another Ask Dr. Vaughan on YouTube and on Periscope live. We have two audiences here going on two different cameras at the same time the audience on YouTube we are talking about Lymph nodes, swollen Lymph nodes and why they get swollen and what to do about them oftentimes people will feel in their neck a lump and get concerned because lumps go along with bad things and tumors and so you want to make sure that it’s not a cancer, well swollen Lymph nodes are actually a very common thing and people will get them from something as small as just an infection on the skin like a pimple nearby that drains to that area or having an upper respiratory infection Swollen Lymph nodes are famous for going along with strep throat, but also along with mono, mononucleosis the kissing disease So these are things that we see in primary care quite often. A swollen Lymph gland is caused by inflammation. Inflammation occurs whenever there’s some kind of an injury to the body oftentimes we associate it with infection although not exclusively as we learned with inflamed sebaceous cysts that can enlarge and sometimes rupture and inflamed Lymph node you have the four cardinal signs of inflammation which are redness swelling pain and warmth. You get these four markers of inflammation Whenever there’s some kind of an injury or infection. In the lymph nodes it’s no different, and this is where you’re having white blood cells kill or attack some kind of offense now it may be nothing as is the case with a sebaceous cyst. I shouldn’t say actually nothing figuratively nothing Like when a sebaceous cyst ruptures in the skin and you have this material that the body views as a foreign invader even though it’s just sebaceous oil but, it’s not supposed to be inside of the skin and so the the body attacks it with white blood cells and they have these chemicals that come out and there’s also a certain type of white blood cell called phagocyte. phage or phago means eat and so it’s it engulfs whatever it’s trying to get rid of and it in essence digests it, breaks it apart, and when this is going on there’s increased blood flow which causes you to have more fluid which makes it larger, the blood is warm, makes it warm so you get your your warmth and your swelling both from that you also get the red color because of increased blood flow that’s what the redness and inflammation is from and this can happen in a lymph node and in fact it can happen so much so that you can you actually see the redness from the outside oftentimes you can’t, you just feel that’s that sore and there’s a lump there that wasn’t there before Well there was something there before there was a lymph node there before but now it’s enlarged and that’s why it draws attention to itself Enlarged lymph nodes in the setting of something going on like an infection in the skin or an upper respiratory infection That’s fairly normal. You may have enlargement in that lymph node that lasts for a long time. Some people do have these these lymph nodes that you can feel in their neck that just stay after a period of inflammation, and it’s from Fibrosis or a scarring type action that occurs, and then they they just stick around you always feel them even though they’re not inflamed, and they’re not enlarging and they’re not hard We get worried about hard enlarging Lymph nodes because that can be something bad like a lymphoma or Leukemia occurring and that needs to be checked out but the the ones that are tender in the setting of something that should be tender because you have something going on like an infection in the area Those you can give a few weeks to go away. Now I’m not going to tell anybody that this is medical advice that you should not get your swollen lymph glands checked out. Not at all. Far be it from the truth. I would want you to get it checked now somebody is writing in with a question about the words palpable and movable. Palpable means you can feel it Moveable means you kind of move your your fingers around and you can actually feel the lymph node moving under the skin. If it’s not free to move under the skin, if you feel like it is attached, that’s absolutely something to get evaluated immediately because that’s concerning for some kind of invasive growth. Now. I talked a little bit about Lymph nodes draining an area and that’s what happens. We have lymph nodes in the neck and they drain the Lymph areas are the Lymph channels that come from around the face and neck we also have lymph nodes in the axilla or armpit And these are famous in the setting of breast cancer because these are the lymph nodes where oftentimes there’ll be a lump that is from a spreading of a breast cancer, the breast on that side of the body to that axilla and those like axillary nodes are checked, and that’s actually part of a breast examination that a doctor does annually on female patients you know you also have some lymph nodes in the elbows that these as a primary care and former emergency physician I associate the lymph nodes around the elbow with cat scratch fever because generally people get cat scratches on the hands where else and the first thing that you’ll find is that in addition to them feeling sick is this sore swelling around the elbow and then they can drain even further to the lymph gland lymph nodes in the axilla You notice I messed up. I said lymph glands because oftentimes people are talking about swollen glands well It’s not actually glands like the salivary glands that get swollen with something like mumps, but rather lymph node. Now somebody was also asking, actually was Danielle, from Ypsilanti, Michigan who is asking can you get swollen lymph nodes in the groin and absolutely that’s another common location that we check for Lymph nodes is right in the inguinal region or the area where your thigh comes together Let’s see do we have our friend in the back Here are the lymph nodes. Can you see the lymph nodes on Francis? These green lines here represent lymph channels, lymph channels drain fluid from the body or help the body that has fluid that’s come out of the arteries and didn’t go back in the veins and just kind of sits there. It gets drained by these lymph channels which eventually go back into the circulation near the heart and these little green spots represent Lymph nodes in the groin area and you can have drainage of material to this area of the Lymph nodes in the groin if you have say infection in the leg or anywhere in the, I was going to say lower extremities but that’s what legs are You can also get them inside of the abdomen but those you can’t feel because they’re way deep inside and behind the internal organs. These are places that doctors check, surgeons check, when they’re operating on people with cancer to check for spread of the cancer that they’re operating on, of course, if the cancer has spread to the nearest Lymph node that means it goes up a grade Staging, I’m sorry I said grade. I should have said stage because grading is something different So you have stage ones through four cancer and when you have it going to lymph nodes then you’ve reached stage, it depends on the cancer with stage two or three so I hope that gives you a little bit understanding of what this whole thing of swollen Lymph nodes is about. If you guys have any questions you can go ahead and write them in the comments below on the video We want everybody on Periscope and on YouTube to follow us at the Auburn Medical Group Channel and send it to your friends and share it with your family, people who you want to get good accurate health and medical information to and of course you can always write in questions either through the Periscope the Twitter or the comments on the YouTube. Until next time, this is Dr. Mark Vaughan telling you to stay in good health.

100 thoughts on “Swollen Lymph Nodes | Auburn Medical Group

  1. So THAT's what happened to Two-Face from "The Dark Knight" movie… he's behind you hanging out in your office!

  2. I have multi lympnodes under my armpit and I feel nothing I dont feel anything theres no pain not warm not redness can I ask what cause of this???

  3. The right side of my face was swollen on Monday. I went to the ER and they said infection. On Tuesday the other side swells up as well. I can't eat because it's painful to eat. It triggers saliva and it burns really bad. Both jaw area are swollen and down to my neck. ER doctors prescribe antibiotics. It's also difficult to speak. I don't have insurance so I can't go anywhere else besides ER.

  4. I hurt my foot twice in one year now I have a bump that's near my groin that grows on and off should I see my doctor?

  5. On the left side of my neck under my jawline i feel a small bump it can move and it feels a little hard what can it be and should i go to a doctor.

  6. On the left side of my neck under my jawline i feel a small bump it can move and it feels a little hard and my throat is red can it be a throat infection or should i go to a doctor

  7. I have painful lump in my left armpit. And I think It's not free to move under the skin. Is it lymphoma? or Tumor?

  8. my English is not to good.
    but my daughter of four year old have reactive lump pact ex near the neck . I check to a ped Dr . Dr write a test of lump inject and take a sample of liquid of lump . the size is small around 10 to 15 lump is there are moveable. last 2 month these have problem. how many days lump is normal category please tell me.

  9. i noticed a lump 1cm by 0.5cm, moveable , I've been moving it and checking it, not sore and causing no pain at all, its on my hip bone at the from near the crease with the leg, at the top of the crease, and it kind of centres to my leg, what could it be, I've been panicking for days now and have an being a doctor soon tommorow hopefully, i have small lipoma on my forearm since a child no problems, and docs said its ok, please help any advise

  10. Please help my friend Diana. She needs an expensive emergency stem cell transplantation surgery to survive leukemia. https://www.youcaring.com/dianatoneva-883354 Thank you!!!

  11. I have 3 swollen lymph nodes
    1 in under my jaw
    1 on the side of my neck
    1 under my ear
    Is that a problem to have many swollen lymph nodes?
    I hope for a fast answer.
    Thank you!

  12. Help: i have swellig under my jaw about a month now feel like one of my lymph node swollen since i notice it it haven't get any bigger and when i swallow my ears makea sound i went to a doctor and he check my ears and he say everything is ok with my ears .Any help on What this could be?

  13. I've a swollen lymph node in my right arm pit (felt like a soft tissue about the size of a small bean) since March 2017. Doctor gave me antibiotics but the swelling still there. Then I had an ultrasound and a mammogram done and the result showed no evidence of breast cancer. However the swollen lymph node hasn't gone away, I felt minor pain when I pressed the swollen lymph node with my hand. How long will this inflammation go away? it has been about 6 months already.

  14. I have raised lymph nodes in my neck, and thigh. When I feel them, they feel raised, and arent very sore but are a bit sensitive

  15. Hello thanks for such gud videos i have a question that yesterday my left eye was swollen and when i woke up tge next morning i got a lymph node under my ear and its paining ..i have pimples on my face ..what is it why this lymph node occured is it coz of pimples? Plz repllyyy

  16. I have swollen lymph nodes in the submandibular part of my neck from 3 months i went to my Doctor and she did a blood test that i have low iron. Is it possible to have swollen lymph nodes if you have Low Iron Deficiency? Also i have four cavities. Reply asap please .

  17. I went to urgent care last night because I had a marble size lump to the left of my testes..doc said it was a cyst..its causing some major pain in the left side of my abs and back..its also causing pain in my left quadracept down to my left knee..any idea what this is?..i can't get into my reg doctor till tomorrow..i had a vasectomy a month and a half ago also..this "cyst isn't in the area they cut me open though!..any insight would help

  18. I had a pimple/hair bump by my groin. It popped and was releasing like a puss substance. When I did my research it said two things. That it will go away in2-3 weeks and another source was talking about taking antibiotic. If so what will be a good over the counter antibiotic to take?

  19. Forgot to mention it caused a small lump by my groin which they said the pimple/hair bump is the cause. They said it's my lymphoid

  20. Hello doctor,
    I know this video is quite old but i am concerned about my swollen lymph nodes because i have 2 on the side of my neck and 2 in my groin area.
    Is it something to worry about?
    Hoping for a fast answer
    Many thanks!

  21. So i have something for you. I have seen 2 doctors so far, and both have no idea whats wrong. But my right arm pit is swollen, not hardened at all, and not painful. How ever, sometimes not always, i get this very painful red line going accross my skin, going down my arm to my right hand, which after this appears, i then get very small marks on my fingers or palm that are very very painful, and if i use a needle and pop it, puss comes out. I also have a prolonged cough, but doc said it was just allergy, so thats probably nothing to do with the right arm. And recently, the red line has come back, and now its 2 red lines, but only one goes all the way down my arm. Its causing kind of an acking pain this time. Also hurts to straighten my arm, i think it might be slightly swollen as well its hard to tell. But if you are interested in guessing what is wrong, or want to help me you can email me at [email protected] or find me threw messanger on facebook under "joshua chiodo". I do have a military back ground, and i was injured in 2012 due to a 500lb ied blast which broke my left arm, damaged my spin/back, and i have a piece of metal go into the top of my scalp, idk if any of that info will help you. But i have been out of the army for 5 years now, so i doubt that has anything to do with it. I also had a cat scan done of the lump, and i know it is not cancerious and there is no shrapenal. I do have photos and video i can share if needed. Please help, thank you.

  22. Hi. I had my tonsils taken out in Feb 2017. It is now October an once again I am having some painful round swelling where that big red lymph is. (Under my jaw by my chin). I was just at the ER last month for a kindney stone, a sinus infection before that, so I really don't want to go again now. Is this something I can wait two weeks for my regular Dr to check?

  23. I went to the doctor and they said nothing roung but I have 2 lumps on my neack and one is starting to get hard they are on the side of my neck I have a lump on each side ..but my doctor said that they can't found nothing and the lumps are getting bigger…can you please let me know what to do

  24. Dr Vaughan, we just love your videos! My medical assisting students at Ace Healthcare Training Institute in Dover NJ are watching this, and are fascinated! Thank you for what you do.

  25. had this happen before under my armpit and groin area of my body before. it was painful and they really swelled up bad but eventually shrunk back down, did notice a discharge from my pores at the lumps though but this was a long while back. it sometimes happens, I'd say see a doctor but unfortunate I don't have good health insurance. lucky in my case my body cleansed itself. children or the elderly maybe not so much.

  26. i have a small bump in that area by the thigh you were pointing at thats causing swelling pain it is tender and i cant move it has anyone had this?

  27. I had colon cancer stage 1 in 2013 via colonoscopy. Radiation therapy ct scan 2014 and endoscopy there after results non malignant with Celine disease. endoscopy results of 19 September 2017 not received yet. Gi form states gastritis. I have 1 swollen lymph node on my right neck and 6 on my ribs. Should I worry?

  28. I had an ulcer on my tongue. after biopsy i was told it was benign but it kept coming back until my dentist arranged another biopsy and it was squamous cell carcinoma. I had it surgically removed but a few months later a lump on my neck came up and I had a course of radiotherapy after 6 weeks the lump was smaller but still there. My oncologist has said wait another 4 weeks but if it does not go there is no other treatment. Does this mean I could die?

  29. I had flu few weeks ago notice two. Lumps on
    my groin área one left one no the right then after two weeks one on left goin went away but one on the right remain am over two weeks pregnant n The left lump remain.why?

  30. I had a CT scan done of my abdomen looking for kidney stones because I keep having side left flank pain. Instead they found 3.4cm x 2.8cm periaortic lymph node, I'm very concerned about this! I have been extremely tired and having night sweats, an anxiety lately. Several years ago I had both testicles removed because of cancer, so I'm not worried about testicular cancer. I have not gotten a straight answer from any doctor's, should I be worried?

  31. My issue started with with an ear infection & neck pain. Prescribed Amoxicillin, which did nothing; later prescribed Cefdinir (300 mg) & Diclofenac Potassium (50 mg) for relief of pain & inflammation. Every time I took Cefdinir, my neck would hurt MUCH worse, but I finished the prescription. 3 weeks later, I'm back in the doctors office & was tested for strep & the flu (run down feeling, nauseous, body aches, stomach cramps, headaches, diarrhea, etc.). Flu test results were negative (doctor disagreed with that result as I had the symptoms), but positive for strep. Prescribed Cefdinir again & after 2 doses, I stopped – I couldn't stand the swollen glands pain anymore. I have the swollen glands issue WITHOUT a prescription & yet, my doctor keeps telling me to take ALL of the medication in order to feel better, but it makes the pain even worse! I've been dealing with this since October, been to Urgent Care twice & to the doctors office twice – is there anything else that can be done? 12/31/17 @ 4:40P.

  32. Ok I have a few bug bites all on my right but cheek most easily seen from my side so close to my hip. I noticed later what appeared to be a swollen lymph node a little below my bladder on my right side I can also can feel like a great string going from it across my hip in the direction of my bites. My lymph node does not move around its is stationary. PLEASE HELP

  33. Thank you for the knowledgeable video. I have dull constant pain under my left armpit and side of the left breast. I feel numbness in that area, going to my shoulder and my left arm. It's not a pain that won't let me sleep at night, but I feel constant dull 'something' in the left upper area. I am 33 and in Dec 2016 I did a mammogram and an ultra sou d of my breast and everything was normal. The blood test came normal. It's jan 2018 and this dull pain has been there for an year. I feel no lumps and no redness. I don't have any fevers etc. The pain sometimes travels to my back shoulder. Any recommendations what I should do or what it might be? I'm feeling very anxious and any help is appreciated. Also I've implants since 2013 so not sure it's related to some nerve pinching caused by the implant. Thank you!

  34. I have a small swollen lymph node I think under my armpit, I have a rather dark armpit and I am overweight, please, should I get a doctor to check it?

  35. got a random painful bump but no redness. It feels as big as a pea but I can't see it. I tried to see if it would move but it hurts too much. It's under the chin/not on the trachea. It feels hard tho. I am wondering if it's even a lump from a node…it feels like it's even bigger inside my neck like there's more of 'the infection' I can actually feel it it's so swollen in there, especially if I turn my head.
    I remember getting one under my armpit like a year or two ago and it didn't hurt nor did it feel hard. It also moved. It went away nicely…

  36. Hey I have lymph node on the back of my head from shaving, or IDK; but it gets bigger after I shave my head ! Do you know what it's from?

  37. I have had Swallon lymph nodes for many years over time its got worse its underarmpit around breast area and shoulders arm groan area inner thigh back or legs it gets very painful to my whole body lock you simple things holding a book while reading holding phone to ear sitting long time standing long time it has been to were if I squat down my leg lock and hard to get up. Its been going on quite a few years but now its coming in different areas and more painful. I just like some advice.

  38. Hello.my brother has 9 mm para aortic node in retroperitoneum andit has stayed the same for 10 months after 2nd ct scan. something to worry about? biopsy maybe?

  39. Sir!
    I have the following swollen and enlarged lymph nodes from the last 2 and a half years;
    1.back of head,2. neck, 3.parotid, 4. Submandibular, 5. Supraclavicular and 6. Groin region(Inguinal)…
    I had met a lot of Doctars and they suggested me the following tests, which were all okay.
    C-reactive protein, ESR, chest X-Ray, HBV and HBS, CBC, abdominal ultrasound, LDH, lymph node biopsy from the groin region.
    My biopsy report showed that I have reactive hyperplasia.
    Now, what should I do?
    Please, reply must Sir, I am very worry about it…

  40. I have a really painful lymph node on my neck, it’s been on me for 1 week and It hurts when I move my head (a lot). I’ve been on antibiotics for the week and there is still no change, any recommendations???.

  41. i have lymph nodes under my jaw ,behind the ear,on groin,and on the neck,the lymph nodes dont pain but the node behind the ear is red ,warmth ,swollen but not paining at all.it is from 2 years others are from 1 and half years i talk to a doctor about the node behind the ear she said that you dont need to do anything with it its not paining than you dont need to remove it .can you tell me its correct or not .how can i remove or disapear by home remedies or drugs

  42. Ive been having strong pain on my neck and chest, it started on 10/2017 till now, i went to E.R, due to strong pain, i almost slipped into a coma due to high white blood cell count, we did 35 blood withdraws each 3 tubes, we also did cat scan, x rays, urine samples, and fecal samples. Nothing, doctors were baffled, one reccomended we do an biopsi of the lynth node on the side of my neck, so we did. Also nothing consisten with foriegn proximeties, meaning i have nothing, i still have the pain, not when im still, but when im moving heavy things, reaching high or low, im a 27 year old truck driver and diesel mechanic with a cat, also no cat scratch fever. I used to bench 300 lbs, now i can only bench 90 lbs. Drastic loss in power due to pain. Anything else i can do to figure this out? It really hurts me and i wish not to worry my family due to im the only child living with my mom and wife, so i suck up the pain to be strong for them. I need medical help please. I still have the blood test's they did on me on file, Why are my lynth nodes still swollen, with pain?

  43. I cut my beard area with hairclippers .
    I just noticed i have a pimple right under my chin and to the left i have a pain not to much swelling tho but i believe its a swollen node.
    It dont hurt just bothersome

  44. Ive had this exact thing before though without having pimple in the area .
    What are causes of this
    Is stress linked to this???

  45. Hi, thank you so much for sharing. I can feel my right groin lymph node inflammation, not too much but I can feel the difference between left and right one. This happend when I was going the stairs up to by two with a backpack. I was in a great health condition as I'm 34 and in shape do sport all the time. Now I have this pain for about 9 months and it used to pain when I was pushing that, but now I fele the pain more and randomly. I visited several doctors,blood test, urine test and finally MRI. That they could see the inflammation but they saw inflammation near my hips and backbone that concerned them about rheumatism. So want me to inject humira pen every two weeks. But I'm not sure if those are related. Would you please help me to figure out what is this as this happend yo me when I was going up the stairs and I think it could be because of an injury. Thank you so much.

  46. 7 months ago, I noticed one swollen lymph node in my groin area. I thought nothing of it. My doctor thought nothing of it. Come February I had 4 swollen lymph nodes. Around late March is when I got super sick, I could barely walk, I was having hot flashes, I couldn’t stand without almost passing out. That lasted for two week. Now it’s May, I have 9 swollen lymph nodes and one of them changed into a weird shape. Almost like a small sugar snap pea. None of them are crazy big, only a couple have grown and one changed shapes. I still feel ill, body aches constantly. I am only 20, so I shouldn’t be sick for this long. I have an appointment with an ENT tomorrow.

  47. My 6 yr old son has about 7 swollen lymph nodes on the back of his neck and on the right side of his neck. The doc gave him antibiotics to help the suspected infection. Going to doctors tomorrow to get them checked out further. Hoping it’s nothing bad🤞🏽

  48. I’ve had a swollen lymph node for a couple months. I got it when I got a cold but it hasn’t gone away. I feel fine now so that’s why I’m concerned

  49. Who else has a swollen tender lump on the armpit and is worried sick? I certainly am. All I can say is, see a doctor now! Don’t wait for it to disappear on its own, waited 1 month and that was precious time wasted. Glad that I saw a doctor yesterday and cannot wait for my appointment with a surgeon (a month’s wait tho) 😫 meanwhile doing my very best not to freak tf out

  50. Thank you doc! I just consulted with my doctor yesterday and he said if I feel a sudden pain on the part of my testes while I still have a swollen lymph nodes, there's a chance that I will become infertile. Is that true?

  51. can they be itchy to touch?? It's not a bug bite. and it's on my neck, pea-sized​, with a slight rash over it. : any tips

  52. I had lymph nodes both left and right at my jaw.. No pain but sometimes feels uncomfortable. It's already 6 months. I don't had any fever or lost weight. But the lymph nodes still there

  53. Doctor I really need your help!
    I have these multiple swollen lymph nodes on my neck since 2014, they don’t hurt at all just swollen but not so tender and yeah I can move them, before one day I got a new one at the other side of my neck sadly they are just getting more and more by time. I have gone to the doctor a couple of times and at every time I’m told that I have an inflammation that I don’t know what from, so please I need help I’m confused

  54. Got lymp nodes under both jaws but bigger and painfull on the right side; big beans size.
    Also i can feel them under my right ear; pea size.
    I got lymph nodes under armpits, bigger on the right one.
    I can feel them in groin, but they always been there and i never worried about.
    Sometimes my right ear feel stuck and my nose feel congested.
    My right lymph node under jaw get painfull when exposed to mold, dust or smoke.
    ENT doctor sayed is because of Allergic rhinitis. They also found past EBV.
    It's been 8 months with this condition and i had good and bad days but it never got away.
    Doctors checked me, ultrasounds and questions to rule out lymphoma and they are not worried.
    Tried many thing on my own and only olive leaf extract seems to ease my symptoms temporarely so far.

  55. I found out I have glandular fever out I have three years ago when I have become very sick with cold, swollen tonsils, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes and so on. After two weeks I was back to normal, let's just say I recovered. Everything with me is fine but my lymph is still swollen till this day on the right side of my throat and the back of my neck right side. It is extremely visible if I bend or raise my neck but I don't get pain. I asked my doctor what should I do but the reply I have gotten was it's less than 1 inch I don't need to do anything and it's fine for me to live with it. Do you guys have any suggestion I fear the worst thinking it can be cancerous or am I just paranoid.

  56. I have a lump it’s true at first I thought it was a tumor so I was scared and didn’t told my parents until now xD

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