Cancer is a pretty big shock for most people if they discover swollen lymph nodes in the neck. It is quite a common finding, and finding lymph nodes in the neck, around the head, armpit area, and groin. Enlarged lymph nodes may form a lump behind the ear even
But, what lymph nodes are? They are an important part of the immune and lymphatic systems that help your body fight infection and disease. They are small, in the form of grains glands that carry nutrients, fluids, and wastes between the blood stream and tissues. In general, the lymph nodes are not painful, but you probably will not even feel them.
The problem is when the lymph nodes become swollen. This condition is also sometimes called swollen glands, lymphadenitis or lymphadenopathy.
The causes of swollen lymph nodes
Nodes on the neck may be nothing serious, but sometimes it can be a sign of a larger problem. When lymph nodes swell in a particular area such as neck, it could indicate a minor infection such as a cold or something more serious, such as injury, inflammation or even cancer.
How to identify swollen lymph nodes
Enlarged lymph nodes can appear as small as a pea or as large as a cherry. It is important to emphasize that the enlarged lymph nodes are not always a sign of disease. For example, lymph nodes are normal if they are less than a centimeter in size. However, when they swell, they will double or triple in size to the point where you can feel.
Warm, swollen and red skin on the lymph node
Pain or tenderness when you touch them.
Infection symptoms such as sore throat, mouth sores, fatigue, cough, runny nose, sweating, chills and fever
How to treat swollen lymph nodes
It is recommended to go to the doctor to check lymph nodes, but if it is about the smaller ones then you can heal them at home.
Herbal Remedies: Garlic is known natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herbal remedy that fights infection and supports the immune system. Garlic will reduce swelling and inflammation in a case of swollen lymph node.