One of the most common reasons that I see people in my consulting room is because they’re worried about swollen gland, and usually they’re talking about swollen glands in their necks. I suspect the reason so many people worry about swollen glands is that they know that they can be a symptom of cancer. Well here’s the good news: they almost always mean something much less scary. So let’s think a little bit about what they are.
So we can understand why you get them, and what you need to look out for basically your glands, or quot;lymph glandsquot; or quot;lymph nodesquot; are kind of like stations on a complicated railway network and the railway lines are your lymph channels. Now those lymph channels are filled with a fluid called lymph, and they carry the white blood cells which help your body to fight off infection around your body.
If you get an infection in one part or if your body spots an quot;invaderquot; it activates your body’s immune system, your defense mechanisms, and they send white cells rushing to the spot. They’ll congregate at that Station, that lymph node, and that’s why glands swell. If your slim you may be able to feel normal size glands actually they’re about the size of a pea or a bit smaller and some of them are just underneath the skin whereas others.
Are buried deep inside the inside of your tummy and inside your chest but those ones that you can feel, are mostly in the armpits in the groin and round the head and neck now, you have title tracks of lymph glands which go behind there and a little group in front of your ears you have more underneath the chin and yet more just above your collar bone here. We also have a chain which goes round the back of your scalp, right at the bottom there.
So there are lots and lots of glands, and actually if you feel one, it may not be enlarged at all however by far the most common reason for lymph glands to get swollen is infection, and that does cause enlargement. Kids who have a lot of tonsillitis or sore throats, their glands will be going up and down like that all the time. If you have an infection it’ll often make your glance well very quickly because your body is rushing very quickly to the spot.
Those glands will not only be large, but then also be tender now which glands will be swollen will depend on where the infection is so for instance your whole leg cranes to the limp glands in your groin, so an infection in your toe could cause swollen glands in your groin. Very much less likely, breast cancer, or an infection in your breast, drains to the lymph glands in your armpit so it could cause inflammation if those ones there.
Obviously, sore throats could also cause swollen glands inside your neck, but so too can say an infection on the skin of your scalp. Cancer much less commonly causes inflammation. Some infections like glandular fever can make all your glands swell, some cancers, such as cancer of the lymph system itself can make all your glands swell but those swollen glands tend in cancer to be much more slow.
SelfTest for Thyroid Problems
Hi I’m Allen Peters, Physician Healthy Aging Expert from NourishingWellness and I’m here today for About to share with you how to do a SelfTest for Thyroid Problems. This is a very simple exam which I do on every patient that I see, and you can do on yourself. You put your head back and feel for the thyroid cartilage. You feel both sides of the cartilage, and you might feel a small amount of soft tissue. You can exaggerate the tissue or exaggerate the thyroid cartilage by swallowing several times. If you feel more than a small amount of tissueIf you feel a swelling or lumps or bumps this may be indicative on an enlarged thyroid or thyroid nodules which could be benign or malignant.Â If you do feel something.
Large you should see your . If he or she agrees the next step is usually getting an ultrasound. Now I want to mention that there are also some lumps behind the cartilage on the side of the neck, and these are just lymph nodes. I’m talking about the actual thyroid cartilage itself and the gland that is right there in that particular area. By the way, I want to emphasize that you could have an abnormal thyroid without being able to feel anything. It can be either hypothyroid or hyperthyroid. So if you are having symptoms of an increased metabolic rate like high blood pressure and palpitations and anxiety and nervousness to a great degree. Or if you are having slow.
Down symptoms of slowdown metabolism like being tired and fatigued and depressed and low blood pressure and low pulse rate and constipated and hair falling out, then you may have thyroid disease even if you can’t feel anything abnormal. So under those conditions you should also go see your . I hope that this has been helpful for you today. Thank you for watching. To learn more, visit us online at About .