Swollen glands are usually characterized unhealthy enlargement of one or more lymph nodes. Usually it is because of an infection. However, it could also be the spread of inflammation or abscess from elsewhere on your body.
Another cause of swollen lymph nodes is far more serious. That is, sometimes this health complication results from the formation of cancer. This is why you need to be properly diagnosed by a doctor for this condition.
Swollen lymph nodes can occur in the groin area, on the neck, under the armpit, or under the jaw. You might also notice swollen glands under your chin, on the back of the head, or behind the ears. Not all of these are removable or treatable at home and some may require medical attention. However, minor swelling and inflammation could be reduced using practical home tips.
Follow these steps to get rid of swollen glands:
- If the lymph nodes are not painful then just wait it out. Usually you will notice the swelling disappear after a few days it was probably the result of a viral infection. However, if the swelling remains after a few days to a week you should seek help from a doctor. This exam should ensure that it is not an infection.
- If you are in pain seek help from a doctor. You especially should seek help if the nodes are red and tender. Also, if the swelling becomes gradually worse and worse you you should seek medical attention, and you should get help right away if the area feels hardened, irregular, or fixed. In children, if the gland is larger than one centimeter (approx.) in diameter it requires medical attention, just to be on the safe side.
- Follow doctor’s instructions for treatment or removal. Usually your condition would be assessed up your doctor asking you a series of questions about your condition. For example, you would be asked if the swelling is the same on both sides, when the swelling began, and how many days, weeks, or months it lasted. Then, usually you would be prepared a medicinal treatment, but in the worst cases surgical procedures would be planned.
- Use self care tips. Whatever your doctor says is appropriate for self-care is the instructions you should follow first. One common recommendation for dealing with swollen lymph nodes is using a warm or cold compress to relive pain or swelling. (More explanation about hot or cold compresses will be provided at the end of this article.) Another common self-care tip is to use an acetaminophen (Tylenol) to reduce the pain.
About Hot or Cold Compresses Information
As promised, this is more information about hot and cold compresses. Usually this process requires dipping a clean cloth in hot, warm, cold, or cool water. Then, you would place it on the swollen node. Either one of these compresses is likely to reduce minor inflammation at least somewhat.
Still, these as well as other self-care tips you are provided should never take the place of doctor’s advice. Furthermore, in more severe cases it is the medical treatment that can even save your life.