Normal to feel your lymph nodes when sick?

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Normal to feel your lymph nodes when sick?

Post by hurly » Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:51 am

Someone said to me that he can feel the nodes under his jaw and it's lasting for quite some time now, four years or something. Is that normal?
He can also feel one ABOVE the jaw line, is that a normal spot?

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Post by Dr.Stein » Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:16 pm

You mean the tonsil or the real lymph node? If it is the tonsil, it is normal. If it is the real embedded lymph nodes it is NOT normal, means that there is persistent infection and we know this is not a good thing.
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Post by Squawkbox » Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:23 pm

Happened to me once, normally if infected they can swell to the size of an almond. Unfortunately i didnt fight the infection off and mine was like a small orange, my doc gave me a right telling off for not going to see him sooner but a week of penicillin should do the trick
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Post by opuntia » Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:51 pm

Well, i get them all the times...when there is a wound in the mouth the lumps ( which i think are lymph nodes) are formed below the lower jaw line...causes a lot of pain and goes off to sleep as soon as the wound is healed.
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Post by hurly » Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:10 am

He says it's not the tonsils (that's above your thorat right right?)
It's below the jaw line, underneath the roots of his teeth.

What's the cause of the infection? (He was not injured...)

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Post by Dr.Stein » Mon Feb 06, 2006 8:05 am

Ah ya, so it is the real lymph node, the superficial cervical node. That lymph node will swell not only when someone get injured, but as response to infections by pathogens exposed through digestive and respiratory system (airways).
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Post by hurly » Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:44 pm

Should he go to the doctor...?
Or buy any medicaments that can help?

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Post by opuntia » Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:26 pm

It would be better to consult a doctor first :D
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