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Lymph nodes behind my ear, and my groin area

Answered by: Dr Ramzdhan

Last Updated: December 2, 2021 2:23 PM

Anonymous 5 months

I am 16 years old, and first time i discover my lymph nodes(idk if its lymph nodes or not but its some kind of lump with the size of pea) are back in 2019. and till today the lump doesnt disappear. so im trying to find out what is really happening. btw when i touch the lumps it doesnt feel anything, and it feels tender, not hard. thank you doc

Dr Ramzdhan 5 months
General Practitioner

Greetings,

Thank you for choosing us to get an opinion regarding your health issues.

Based on your explanations, you are having swollen lymph nodes behind your ear and groin area since 2019. I will do my best to give you informations regarding this.

Swollen lymph nodes usually occur as a result of infection from bacteria or viruses. Rarely, swollen lymph nodes are caused by cancer. Swollen lymph nodes are a sign that something is wrong somewhere in your body. When your lymph nodes first swell, you might notice:

  • Tenderness and pain in the lymph nodes
  • Swelling that may be the size of a pea or kidney bean, or even larger in the lymph nodes

Depending on the cause of your swollen lymph nodes, other signs and symptoms you might have include:

  • Runny nose, sore throat, fever and other indications of an upper respiratory infection
  • General swelling of lymph nodes throughout your body. When this occurs, it may indicate an infection, such as HIV or mononucleosis, or an immune system disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hard, fixed, rapidly growing nodes, indicating a possible cancer or lymphoma
  • Fever
  • Night sweats

The most common cause of swollen lymph nodes is an infection, particularly a viral infection, such as the common cold. Other possible causes of swollen lymph nodes include:

Common infections

  • Strep throat
  • Measles
  • Ear infections
  • Infected (abscessed) tooth
  • Mononucleosis
  • Skin or wound infections, such as cellulitis
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) — the virus that causes AIDS

Uncommon infections

  • Tuberculosis
  • Certain sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis
  • Toxoplasmosis — a parasitic infection resulting from contact with the feces of an infected cat or eating undercooked meat
  • Cat scratch fever — a bacterial infection from a cat scratch or bite

Immune system disorders

  • Lupus — a chronic inflammatory disease that targets your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart and lungs
  • Rheumatoid arthritis — a chronic inflammatory disease targeting the tissue that lines your joints (synovium)

Cancers

  • Lymphoma — cancer that originates in your lymphatic system
  • Leukemia — cancer of your body’s blood-forming tissue, including your bone marrow and lymphatic system
  • Other cancers that have spread (metastasized) to lymph nodes

You need to seek medical advice for an accurate diagnosis and early treatments to prevent any unfavorable situations

I hope the above statement does help you in a way and if you need further assistance and explanations from us, you can talk to our doctor online. Thank you.

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Last Updated: Thu Dec 02 2021 14:23:24 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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