Lymph nodes are small glands that exist around the body and they are usually bean shaped - found in neck, underarms, etc. Enlarged lymph nodes may occur as an allergic reaction or reaction of the body against some kind of food, cream or other similar factors. It also happens because of bacterial or viral infections.
HOW IS ENLARGED LYMPH NODES DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is usually done by a general physician or an ENT (ears, nose, throat) specialist, who will carry out a series of physical examinations and lab tests in order to determine the cause and extent of the condition. The doctor may also want to check for AIDS or HIV.
HOW IS ENLARGED LYMPH NODES TREATED?
The treatment for the enlarged lymph nodes may include antibacterial ointment application along with consumption of antibiotics in many cases. The general physician may also ask you to avoid certain foods and alter diet for a while. The recovery period is about 1 month.
DID YOU KNOW?
Complications of enlarged lymph nodes that are not attended to is either further enlargement of the node which compresses surrounding parts or formation of an abscess.