In some cases, bacteria or a virus can infect the lymph nodes, which leads to swelling. This occurs primarily in the lymph nodes that are found in the armpits, groin, and below the chin. The infection must be treated in order to treat a swollen lymph node. At South Florida ENT Associates, our providers are experts at determining the cause of swollen lymph nodes, and will provide treatment to help them return to their standard size. 

Your Treatment Options

The treatment for swollen lymph nodes is decided after determining the cause of the swelling. In many cases, the cause of a swollen lymph node is an infection. If it’s a bacterial infection, your provider will prescribe antibiotics. These will help treat the infection and return the lymph nodes to their normal size. 

In some cases, a swollen lymph node may be due to cancer. If your provider is concerned about this, they may request a biopsy. During a biopsy, a piece of the lymph node will be removed and analyzed for cancerous cells. If cancer has been detected, surgery or other treatments will be required. 

Your treatment options

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Why do Lymph Nodes Become Enlarged?

The lymph nodes filter germs and bacteria that pass through the lymphatic fluid. They are clusters of cells that are found in groups across the body. Each of these groups is responsible for draining a specific area of the body. Infections are the most common reason for an enlarged lymph node. In some cases, these infections can run their course without treatment and the lymph node will return to normal size. In other cases, the infection requires treatment to have the lymph node return to normal.

Symptoms of Enlarged Lymph Nodes

  • Tenderness in or around the lymph nodes
  • Pain in or around the lymph nodes
  • Swollen lymph nodes

Your Treatment with SFENTA

SFENTA’s vast network of ENT providers has been treating patients across South Florida for over 30 years. We help patients improve their life by treating the symptoms and conditions that impact the activities they enjoy most. 

When visiting SFENTA for an appointment, you’ll receive:

Patient-Centered Care

Our providers offer genuine one-on-one care, with no cookie-cutter treatment plans.

Continuity of Care

Our providers work with you to achieve the relief that lasts rather than just a short-term solution.

A Network of Highly Trained Physicians

We’re built a network of over 50 highly-trained ENT specialists, ensuring we can treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions.

The Security and Trust of a Community Staple

SFENTA has over 30 locations across South Florida, which means we’re never very far when you need us.

Enlarged Lymph Nodes FAQs

Who can swollen lymph nodes impact?

Swollen lymph nodes are often caused by common infections including the common cold, strep throat, and ear infections. This makes a wide variety of patients susceptible to swollen lymph nodes.

Can children have swollen lymph nodes?

Yes. Swollen lymph nodes are often caused by infection. Many of these infections, such as the common cold and strep throat, are common in children. If your child is experiencing swollen lymph nodes and you are concerned, contact SFENTA to schedule an appointment.

Should I be concerned about a swollen lymph node?

The most accurate way to determine the cause of a swollen lymph node is by visiting an ENT specialist. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or fever, the swelling is most likely caused by an infection. A provider can administer tests or evaluations to determine the cause accurately.

With 37 convenient locations across the South Florida area, we’re never far away.

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