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Having sore throat leading to swelling in lymph. How long will the swelling take to come down?

I had swollen glands before christmas leading to a really bad sore throat , since then I ve noticed more and more lymph nodes start to swell, in my neck and behind my ears, they are nothing too petruding until yesterday I tilted my neck to the right and one stuck out a little, around the size of a pea, when I touched it and went to feel around it kind of went back into my neck and I couldn t feel it, since then it makes an appearance when it feels like it, my local GP is always busy and it is extremely hard to get an appointment, I was told it could last a few months with an infection of the body to why my lymph nodes are swelling here and there, but it s over 4 months now and they seem to be getting worse, I don t know whether I should go out of my way and force an appointment with the GP or just continue to let it play out.
Asked On : Tue, 2 Apr 2013
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Thanks for writing to H.C.M. for your query.

I have gone through your your query regarding multiple lymph nodes on neck for last three month. Though they arises after severe sore throat.

Considering your complaints I would like to tell you that lymph nodes of neck wnenever get enlarge there may be infective pathology going on in it's draining area. This draining area includes entire head and neck. Second possibility is of disease of gland itself.

In your case possibility is of -

(a) Persistant throat infection.
(b) Disease of lymph nodes itself.

To confirm it you should do these investigations-

(1) Culture and sensitivity of throat swab.

(2) X-Ray chest -P.A.view.

(3) FNAC from cervical lymph node.

After this much work one could find out the real cause of lymphadenopathy and that may be manage accordingly.


Answered: Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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