Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
168 Doctors are Online

Concerned about the swollen lymph nodes - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
User rating for this question
Very Good Posted in: Infections
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 37 Questions
User :   Hello i am a 21 year old female
Doctor :   How can i help you today ?
User :   i was just wondering how I would know if my lymph nodes in my groin are actually swollen
User :   the normal size
Doctor :   the normal size of the Lymph nodes in the groin are about 1 -2 cms
User :   ah
Doctor :   usually they are not felt at all
User :   well on my left side
User :   during winter break i noticed a swelling rubbery one
User :   but now it seems its shrunk
Doctor :   do u have any fever, pain, etc ?
User :   no
User :   never had any symptoms
User :   now though
User :   they fit the size that you said would be normal
Doctor :   Any injuries anywhere in the legs ?
User :   i did sprain my ankle near thanksgiving time and it took a bit to heal
User :   its completely healed now though
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   You need not worry,
Doctor :   In case of any inflammation or any soft tissue injury, it is common to have such nodes felt
User :   my lymph nodes are on my left and i sprained my right ankle
User :   i'm a psychology student and know the brain works contralateraly
User :   i dont know if its the same for the entire body
Doctor :   do you have severe pain, that is not tolerable, in the node ?
User :   no
User :   never did
Doctor :   has the node now decreased in size ?
User :   i was just scared it was cancerous since i read online that some nodes may be inflammed and not cause pain
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   not at all
Doctor :   for nodes to be cancerous, you need to have a very large node and have to be located inside the body
Doctor :   superficial nodes usually enlarge following infections , which ins some cases may not be known to patients
User :   i see
User :   the node im talking about is pea shaped
User :   a small pea nonetheless
Doctor :   In that case , no need to worry at all
Doctor :   You can take some pain killers like ibuprofen
Doctor :   and it will subside
User :   oooft, i went to the doctor earlier this week
User :   and i was prescribed erythromycin
User :   and had strong side effects
Doctor :   ok, ..
Doctor :   so what did the doctor tell after examination ?
User :   well he said he couldnt feel much of an enlargement
User :   and that if i actually did feel anything
User :   it might be an ingrown hair or something
Doctor :   In that case, you need not worry at all
Doctor :   the node will subside within a week or two
User :   if it says more on the surface
User :   is there reason to worry?
User :   even if it's pea shaped?
Doctor :   no , not at all
Doctor :   yes
User :   im confused about no, not at all and 'yes'
Doctor :   i meant that even if the lesion is just at or around the swelling, taking antibiotics will cure it
User :   i see
User :   also, are lymph nodes attached to one another? because it seems like there's two pea shaped ones
User :   small
User :   that are stuck together
Doctor :   there are a group of 4-6 lymph nodes arranged in the form of a cross in the groin
User :   i see
User :   so if they're both pea shaped and small then everything is fine?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   it is fine
Doctor :   i hope i have anwerd ur queires
Doctor :   please leave your feedback at the end of the chat
Doctor :   are u there ?
User :   yes
User :   sorry
User :   technical problems
User :   my doctor is suggesting i have a general blood test just to rule out any other causes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   yes a blood test will help to know if there were any infections in the blood at all
User :   thank you very much
User :   it really has calmed my anxiety about this
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   Do u have any other medical queries ?
User :   no
User :   you've answered everything
User :   thanks
Doctor :   I hope i have answered ur queries
Doctor :   please leave your feedback as you log out
User :   thank you
Doctor :   take care and have a great day
Doctor :   bye for now
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor