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What causes swollen lymph nodes?

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Posted on Fri, 11 Jul 2014
Question: Hello, a scaly growth has appeared on my left index finger. It contains off color hues but is not distinctly brown. I have made an appointment with a dermatologist, but it is not until August. I am concerned. My lymph nodes are swollen, and I would like to get out ahead of this as quickly as possible. My concern is that the growth may be cancerous, and it may have spread to my lymph nodes. In the interest of early detection, is this something I should get check out at an emergency room, tonight?
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Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
where are the nodes?

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX

Welcome to HealthcareMagic.

I have read your query and understand your concern.

But before i can answer, I would like to know where are the enlarged lymph nodes, which region of your body? And are they soft or hard and are they painful?

Waiting for your reply.

Regards,
Dr. Ashish Verma
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Follow up: Dr. Ashish Verma (1 hour later)
The nodes are under my jaw and one in particularly enlarged one on the left side of my neck. Also, they are pretty from. The ones under my neck are sore.
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Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
then its not any cancer

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX

The lesion over your finger looks more like a wart or rather a callosity. And at your age we usually don't think of cancer. So don't worry about it at present and show it to your dermatologist when you have your appointment.

But even if it was a cancer then the nodes in your axilla would had enlarged, not the jaw or neck.

Also malignant nodes are usually painless. The neck and jaw nodes may be due to some infection in your throat or chest.

I would suggest that you take a course of simple antibiotics like amoxacillin for 5-7 days and see if these nodes reduce in size. If they don't show to a physician with a chest x-ray for a clinical evaluation to help reach a diagnosis. A needle biopsy of the nodes may also be needed then.

Hope i have been helpful.

Regards,
Dr. Ashish Verma
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Follow up: Dr. Ashish Verma (10 hours later)
The nodes are under my jaw and one in particularly enlarged one on the left side of my neck. Also, they are pretty firm. The ones under my neck are sore.
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Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma (30 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
did you received my last reply?

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXX

You have repeated the same question as in previous followup. My reply to this remains the same.

If you have any further doubts, or you need any clarification for any point in my last reply, feel free to ask.

Regards,
Dr. Ashish Verma
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Follow up: Dr. Ashish Verma (9 hours later)
Thanks so such!
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Answered by Dr. Ashish Verma (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
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Hi XXXX

I am glad that I have been of some help to you. If you don't have further queries, you may close this discussion and rate the response.

Regards,
Dr. Ashish Verma
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What causes swollen lymph nodes?

Brief Answer: where are the nodes? Detailed Answer: Hi XXXX Welcome to HealthcareMagic. I have read your query and understand your concern. But before i can answer, I would like to know where are the enlarged lymph nodes, which region of your body? And are they soft or hard and are they painful? Waiting for your reply. Regards, Dr. Ashish Verma