When people are diagnosed with cancer, they are usually shocked at first. Enlarged lymph nodes may be caused by cancer especially if they appear in the neck, armpit, around the head and groin. They can be formed behind the ears as well.
The lymph nodes are actually an important part of the lymphatic and immune system and they help in the fight against various infections and diseases. They are quite small and they transfer the fluids, nutrients and waste throughout the blood and tissues. They don’t cause pain and sometimes you cannot notice them.
The problem is when they are swollen. This condition is known as lymphadenitis or lymphadenopathy.
The causes of swollen lymph nodes
Swollen lymph nodes are mostly linked with minor health problems and are nothing serious. For, example, if they appear on your neck, this could mean that you have a cold, but sometimes they can appear due to some serious inflammation, injury or even cancer.
HOW TO IDENTIFY SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
Swollen lymph nodes can be as large as a pea or as a cherry. They can be enlarged but they are considered to be normal if they are less than one centimeter large. But when they become swollen they become two to three times larger than normal and you can feel them.
- Warm, swollen and red skin to lymph node
- Pain or tenderness when you touch them
- Symptoms such as sore throat, sweating, fatigue, cough, mouth sores ,runny nose, chills and fever
HOW TO TREAT SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
The best way is to consult your doctor, but you can also try some homemade remedies.
Herbal Remedies: Garlic is proven to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help against infections and it also boosts the immune system. That is why garlic will reduce the swelling and inflammation of the swollen lymph nodes.