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Depending on the cause, swollen glands may return to normal size on their own when the underlying cause is treated, such as an infection or infectious disease. Swollen glands may also continue to get larger and become red and painful.
Swollen glands are most commonly seen on the groin, armpit, neck, behind the ears and on the back of the head.
Symptoms that accompany swollen glands vary depending on the underlying cause. Common symptoms include fever and flu-like symptoms. Other coexisting symptoms may include headache, fatigue, weakness, sore throat, weight loss, night sweats, bad breath, rash, abscess and red streaks on the skin.
Complications of underlying causes of swollen glands vary widely depending on the specific disease, disorder, or condition, and can be serious and life threatening. Serious underlying causes include non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease. Complications of infections that cause swollen glands include sepsis and toxic shock syndrome. Complications of infectious diseases that cause swollen glands include meningitis, pancreatitis, Scarlet fever, ear infection, and rheumatic fever.
Because swollen glands can be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening disease, condition or disorder, they should be reported to a physician or other licensed health care provider....more about Swollen glands »
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