5/8/11

What causes swollen lymph nodes on the neck?


What causes swollen lymph nodes on the neck?I went to the doctor and she said I have swollen lymph nodes on my neck. (Not in my throat.) I constantly have pains on my neck and when you rub in the spot where it hurts, you can fill the bump. So my question is what causes swollen lymph nodes on the neck?
I'm 12 years old.

Answer by hawhaw
smoking.

Answer by Jennifer
Your doctor didn't explain this to you when you went? She should have.Anyways,at your age the general reason is most likely an infection of some kind.I advise you to not rub the area where it hurts,and that's most likely why it's hurting.Didn't the doctor give you anything? Medication/s or something? Swollen lymph nodes for the most part...and your age,are usually a sign of an infection.And,nothing to do with smoking.Hopefully you aren't smoking at such a young age.Right? Take care.

Answer by imsety
A doctor may discover an abnormal lump in the neck of a person who has no other symptoms. Most lumps are enlarged lymph nodes, which may enlarge because of a nearby infection, such as of the throat. However, an enlarged lymph node may also be caused by cancer,either a cancer of the lymph node (lymphoma) or a cancer that has spread to the lymph node from elsewhere in the body.
Swollen neck glands frequently accompany sore throat or ear infections. The swelling of a gland simply indicates that it is taking part in the fight against infection.

Lymph glands play a part in the body's defense against infection. They may become swollen even if the infection is trivial or not apparent, although you can usually identify the infection that is causing the swelling.
I hope this help you. And good luck.

Answer by Kat
You can get tonsillitis and strep throat and also get swollen Lymph nodes.The Strep throat and tonsillitis are bacteria infection in which you need antibiotics. The swollen lymph nodes can be that way and only be a virus and not need an antibiotic. They might stay that way for longer than the strep throat. Usually, they are secondary to another infection in your body. It is how your immune system works. If you had a infection in your lymph nodes do you realize how sick you would be. Plus you run the risk of it spreading to the rest of the lymph nodes in your body.

Answer by Douglas B
I think that was a mistake on what she said. You can have tight neck muscles that you are feeling there and that would give you pains like that. To get rid of the pains you have to free up your neck muscles and here's how to do that:
Neck
Put your hands alongside your head so your thumbs are on the front of the muscle under your ear and your fingers are on the back of the muscle behind your neck. Squeeze your thumb and fingers together and hold. Relax your body. When your fingers and thumb touch, about two minutes, slowly lower your head as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your neck lowered for another 30 seconds.
For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

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