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Swollen Lymph Glands
The term “swollen glands” should properly known as "swollen lymph nodes" because it refers to an abnormal enlargement of one or more lymph nodes. Swollen glands alone are not a symptom of lymphedema instead they are most commonly caused by an infection. 
COMMON LOCATIONS OF SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
Which lymph nodes are swollen depends on the type of problem and the body parts involved. Identifying the location can help determine the possible cause. Common areas where swollen lymph nodes can be felt with the fingers include the:
CAUSES OF SWOLLEN GLANDS
Lymph nodes can become swollen due to infection, inflammatory conditions, an abscess, or cancer. Other causes of enlarged lymph nodes are rare. Infection is by far the most common cause of swollen lymph nodes is infection. The infections that commonly cause swollen lymph nodes include:
WHO TREATS SWOLLEN GLANDS?
When swollen glands occur, a primary care provider is consulted first. Then, based on the patient’s condition, a referral may be made to the appropriate specialist.
© LymphNotes 2011. This information does not replace the advice of a qualified health care professional.
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