Swollen Neck Glands: 3 Health Risks Associated with Swollen Neck Glands

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If you are not familiar with swollen neck glands they are the round lymph nodes in our neck, these lymp nodes are normally small and can hardly be felt by touching, but when the body is infected or the immune system is under attack, lymph nodes are part of what helps in fighting the infection, and they can get swollen and inflamed. Usually, swollen lymph nodes aren't a reason to worry. They’re simply a sign that your immune system is fighting an infection or illness. But if they’re enlarged with no obvious cause, see your doctor to rule out something more serious. Your swollen glands act like filters that help your body get rid of germs, cells or other foreign matter that passes through your lymph fluid (a clear or slightly yellowish fluid made up of white blood cells, proteins and fats). And when you think of swollen glands, you most likely think of swelling in your neck.5b1d7c63bf1f44e6a993e8c30a17a0ef?quality=uhq&resize=720

Here are 3 health risks associated with swollen neck glands.

Cancers; Much less commonly, swollen lymph nodes can also indicate a malignancy, or cancer, including: lymphoma, hodgkin disease, and leukemia. People with a malignant lymph node may notice that the node feels hard or rubbery. They may also experience systemic symptoms, such as fever, night sweats, and unexplained weight loss.524578eea7d8484b8dd696d515d6c246?quality=uhq&resize=720

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Oral STI; Swollen lymph nodes on the side of the neck or under the jaw are the most common. They may represent an infection around that area, such as a sexually transmitted infections, tooth infection or abscess, throat infection, viral illness, or upper respiratory infection.63e4bd47d6a0438994db981b2f2e1744?quality=uhq&resize=720

Rhematoid Athritis; It's rare, but you can sometimes see lymph node enlargement related to rheumatoid arthritis activity. This is usually more of a diagnosis of exclusion. In other words, your doctor will probably want to rule out other possible causes of swollen glands first, such as infection or cancer, before blaming your rheumatoid arthritis.

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