What Indicates A Swollen Node in the Neck?

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There are a lot of diseases and conditions which bacteria and viruses may bring upon our health. These conditions range from simple cough and colds to complicated conditions which can become fatal to one’s life. But our body has the necessary tools to combat these bacteria and viruses—this is the IMMUNE SYSTEM. The immune system is made up of many body organs including blood components like the white blood cells, spleen, etc. However, the immune system is not a failsafe mechanism and therefore, instances may happen that the immune system may fail leading to the development of diseases caused by bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms.

What Are Lymph Nodes

Lymph nodes are indispensable when we speak of the immune system. Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system—the body system which filters out the lymphatic fluid containing bacteria, viruses and other harmful microorganisms. Lymph nodes are essential for the reason that these nodes serve as filter to the lymphatic fluids. Once the nodes have caught hold of these microorganisms, it keeps them still until the white blood cells or phagocytes eat them up and subsequently destroy them.

Lymph nodes are located in various areas of the body. They are commonly found in the neck, behind the ear lobes, armpits as well as the groins. When these lymph nodes swell, they will feel tender and painful. Unlike other lymph nodes, those nodes located in the neck are the nodes which most commonly swell. Go at the bottom of this article for more pictures of swollen neck nodes ( you will be able to spot them easily after seeing them).

Swollen Lymph Nodes in the Neck

Swollen lymph nodes in the neck are indicators of several conditions or diseases which may be any of the following:

-          Strep Throat- strep throat is a condition which leads to the inflammation of the throat tissues which may even include the tonsils and adenoids. Strep throat is caused by a bacteria and can be treated with the use of antibiotics.

-          Ear Infection/ Otitis- Ear infection are of three types—otitis externa, otitis media and otitis interna. These types refer to outer, middle, and inner ear infections respectively. Ear infection may occur with trauma and introduction of bacteria inside the ear area. Furthermore, ear infection may possibly occur after a cold or a respiratory tract infection.

-          Measles- is caused by a virus and is characterized by exanthematous rash all over the body.

-          Mumps- Mumps is also caused by a virus which lodges into the parotid gland or the salivary gland. Mumps or infectious parotitis characterizes itself with the swelling of either or both sides of the jaw, where the parotid gland is located.

-          Infected Tooth/ Dental Abscess- tooth decay or presence of pus in the root of your teeth can be very excruciating. This is one cause of the appearance of a swollen lymph node in the neck.

There is no way we can treat swollen lymph nodes as it is just a reaction of the lymph nodes in response to an injury. The best method in getting away with such node swelling is through treating the condition resulting to swelling itself.

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