A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Swollen Lymph Nodes
I had a question the other day about swollen lymph nodes.
Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands throughout your body.
They are part of the lymph system, which carries fluid, nutrients, and waste material between your body tissues and your bloodstream.
The lymph system is an important part of your immune system, your body’s defense system against disease.
Your lymph nodes filter lymph fluid as it flows through them, trapping bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by special white blood cells called lymphocytes.
Lymph nodes may be alone or in groups.
And they may be as small as the head of a pin or as large as an olive.
Groups of lymph nodes can be felt in the neck, groin, and underarms.
Lymph nodes generally aren’t tender or painful.
Most lymph nodes in your body can’t be felt.
Lymph nodes often swell in one location when a problem like an injury, infection, or tumor develops in or near your lymph node.
Which lymph nodes are swollen can help identify the problem.
>The glands on either side of your neck, under your jaw, or behind your ears commonly swell when you have a cold or sore throat. Glands can also swell after an injury, like a cut or bite, near the gland or when a tumor or infection occurs in your mouth, head, or neck.
>Glands in your armpit (axillary lymph nodes) may swell from an injury or infection to your arm or hand. A rare cause of axillary swelling may be breast cancer or lymphoma.
>The lymph nodes in your groin (femoral or inguinal lymph nodes) may swell from an injury or infection in your foot, leg, groin, or genitals. In rare cases, testicular cancer, lymphoma, or melanoma may cause a lump in this area.
>Glands above your collarbone (supraclavicular lymph nodes) may swell from an infection or tumor in the areas of your lungs, breasts, neck, or abdomen.
Common sites for swollen lymph nodes include your neck, groin, and underarms.
When lymph nodes swell in two or more areas of your body, it’s called generalized lymphadenopathy.
This may be caused by:
>A viral illness, like measles, rubella, chickenpox, or mumps.
>Mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr virus), which results in fever, sore throat, and fatigue, or cytomegalovirus (CMV), a viral infection that causes symptoms similar to mononucleosis.
>A bacterial illness, like strep throat or Lyme disease.
>Side effects of phenytoin (Dilantin), a medicine used to prevent seizures.
>Side effects of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination.
>Cancer, like leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
>Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), which develops after a person contracts HIV. This virus attacks your immune system, making it difficult for your body to fight off infection.
>Syphilis, a sexually transmitted infection.
To deal with swollen lymph nodes it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Decrease or eliminate hidden allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) because these can often trigger or aggravate the condition.