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painful and swollen lymph node under my right jaw line

Hello, I am a 20y/o Male. I have a painful and swollen lymph node under my right jaw line. I have had no fever or any illness to cause it to swell. I do not have a sore throat, although it does feel like there is something pushing on my neck. Both of my tonsils look fine and nothing else feels wrong. An LPN that i know said that my face did look slightly red on the right side along with maybe a little puffy. I do not have a physician i can make an appointment with right now so any information would be amazing. I would like to add that i am a Surgical Tech and had one of the general surgeons look at it between cases. He wasn't sure because it wasn't his normal field of practice.
Asked On : Thu, 7 Apr 2011
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1. You need to differentiate this swelling between a lymph node and a swollen or enlarged submandibular salivary gland, which may explain the absence of a sore throat.
2. Put a finger inside your mouth next to your tongue. Put another finger of your other hand on the skin of the swelling in the neck from the outside. If you can bounce this swelling between your fingers (medically referred to as 'ballotable'), then it is most likely a submandibular gland. If not, it is a lymph node.
3. Post your observation to continue....
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