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Are swollen lymph nodes in right-sided neck a cause for concern?

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Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016
Question: I seem to have a swollen occipital lymph node since 2/25/16, right side, and now my right ear has pressure & bubbling. Should I be concerned?
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
the lymph node would respond to any surrounding infection/inflammation

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Lymph nodes increase in size in response to any infection or inflammation in the surrounding area.

The occipital node is responding to what is going on in your ear.

After an infection or inflammatory process , a lymph node can sometimes take 4 to 6 weeks to return to normal size, though this can occur much sooner in some persons.

Ear pressure and bubbling sensations may indicate that you are developing an ear infection or your sinuses may be affected.

You can continue the pain medication if it is severe but you may need to see your doctor so that your ear can be reviewed. If it is an ear infection then you would need either oral or topical antibiotics.

If it is due to the sinuses then the use of the pain medication, antihistamines and decongestants may be enough

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Are swollen lymph nodes in right-sided neck a cause for concern?

Brief Answer: the lymph node would respond to any surrounding infection/inflammation Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Lymph nodes increase in size in response to any infection or inflammation in the surrounding area. The occipital node is responding to what is going on in your ear. After an infection or inflammatory process , a lymph node can sometimes take 4 to 6 weeks to return to normal size, though this can occur much sooner in some persons. Ear pressure and bubbling sensations may indicate that you are developing an ear infection or your sinuses may be affected. You can continue the pain medication if it is severe but you may need to see your doctor so that your ear can be reviewed. If it is an ear infection then you would need either oral or topical antibiotics. If it is due to the sinuses then the use of the pain medication, antihistamines and decongestants may be enough I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions