We live in such a time that new diseases are lurking around every corner and many of them are so unknown that’s impossible to discover them in time. But, there is a way to check if there’s something wrong with your health, if you have some bacterial infection, parasites and even cancer, just by pressing on certain points on your body
In many cases, swollen lymph nodes can be indicative of cancer and if you notice unusual swelling you should consult with your doctor. Lymph nodes are situated on the neck, around the head, under the armpits and groin. Swollen lymph nodes may even form lumps behind the ear.
The lymphatic system is made up of lymph nodes, lymph vessels and organs (spleen). The lymphatic system has several important functions:
- absorbing excess fluid, fats and waste
- fight infections in the body
- protect against bacteria
The first thing you notice when you wake up is probably how swollen your face is and as much as you think this is normal it’s actually not. This is a sign that your lymph system is burdened with toxic waste and the lymph flow is poor. Because of this the waste ends up in the nodes and the spleen, making them swollen and inhibiting their functioning.
If you suffer from frequent colds and infections it may be that your lymphatic system is not working properly. If you notice unusually swollen nodes on the neck they may be swollen due to the cold but it may be something more serious, like cancer, which is why you need to monitor them closely and see a doctor if you suspect something.
How to identify swollen lymph nodes?
They vary in size, from a small pea to a cherry, and it’s not always a sign of a serious disease, so don’t panic if you notice them getting bigger. In some cases they can double or triple in size and you can identify them by touch.
If your lymph nodes are swollen you will experience the following symptoms:
- Pain or tenderness when you touch them
- Symptoms of infection such as sore throat, sores in the mouth, fatigue, cough, runny nose, sweating, chills and fever
- Hot, swollen and red skin of the lymph nodes
How to treat swollen nodes?
You’re not a doctor so you can’t tell for sure if they’re just swollen because of an infection or something more serious. If you suspect something consult a specialist and you’ll know for sure.
You can always try some alternative natural solutions, they’re safe and have no unwanted side-effects. Garlic is known for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and it will help you fight infections and boost your immune system. It will also help you reduce the swelling and ease the pain.
However, if they don’t subside in a few days, consult a doctor and follow his advices.