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Lymph node swelling

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Lymph nodes are glands situated throughout your body, but the ones that frequently swell are located in your neck, armpits, groin, and under your chin. They’ve got one big job: to help your body fight off infections. Here’s the cool thing: how they look and feel can tell you a lot about your health! Once exposed to bacteria or viruses, they can swell up, and feel sore or tender. You might be able to feel the swelling by touch, and sometimes you can see it if you look in the mirror. The common cold is a key culprit, but more serious conditions such as leukemia and lymphoma also cause swollen lymph nodes. They are found in autoimmune diseases such as lupus, and can be an early sign of the disease. Sometimes, the swelling goes away on its own. Other times—say, if the swelling is linked to an infection—you might need treatment, like antibiotics. Because swollen lymph nodes can be a symptom of a wide variety of health conditions, it’s really important that you check in with your practitioner, and that you relay any other symptoms you’re having. The more detailed you are, the more they can see the big picture of your health! If you’ve already talked with your practitioner, and now it’s just a matter of soothing your swollen lymph nodes, you’ve got options. Home remedies, like applying a warm compress, taking over-the-counter pain relievers, and resting, can all bring you relief. So can a relaxing lymphatic massage, performed by a massage-savvy friend or a pro. Ahhhh.

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