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- Tue May 10, 2005 2:28 am
Hi. Bout 5 weeks ago I noticed a bump under my arm that I assumed was a swollen lymph node. It was not very big. about the size of a pea if probably even smaller. It went away after about 2 or 3 days. Just the other day, I noticed another swelling under the same arm. It was a little bit smaller than the first swelling 5 weeks earlier. This one too, went away after about 2 or 3 days.
I normally don't suffer from allergies. However, this year I have been having alergy symptoms such as a slight cough and runny nose. does this have anything to do with causing the swellings perhaps?
Also, the lymph node swellings I have had were not very big did not really hurt, and went away after a few days.. I have always been under the impression that cancerous lymph node swellings would last for a much longer time than just a few days and are much larger than what I have noticed. Am I correct about this?? or could what I have possibly be a sign of something cancerous? Should I be concerned??
Any Advice/comments would be appreciated! Thanks!!
| Theresa Jones, RN
- Tue May 10, 2005 5:37 am
A recent infection would cause lymph nodes to enlarge/swell. It is quite a normal occurence because lymph nodes are the bodies filtering system for bacteria. After a lymph node enlarges it may not return to it's preinfectious state but does generally reduce in size. When lymph nodes continue to enlarge even despite treatment for example, with a cycle of antibiotics, this would raise concern. In my opinion what you have experienced, is the normal functionality of the body to fight off bacteria. I hope this is helpful.