Normally one shouldn’t be able to feel the lymph nodes. They measure only about a half-inch across. When you get sick they can swell — sometimes to two to three times their usual size — to the point where one can distinctly feel them.
Lymph nodes are also known as lymph glands, or just glands, and form part of the lymphatic system. They are tiny, bean-shaped clusters of cells found in groups or chains throughout the body. Lymph nodes are the most important component of the immune system and within these glands, lymphocytes (immune cells) exist. Glands consist of lymphatic tissue surrounded by a capsule of connective tissue and are located in the armpits, on either side of the neck, inside the chest, abdomen, pelvis and in the groin.
Lymph nodes filter the lymphatic fluid and trap infectious particles and foreign material such as cancer cells or bacteria that are traveling through the body in the lymph fluid. They serve as one of the body’s barriers to infection and play an important role in the immune response.
Symptoms of swollen glands include:
- Tenderness or pain when you press on them
- Symptoms of the underlying infection such as fever , sore throat and mouth sores
- Red, warm, swollen skin over the lymph node
Swollen lymph nodes that are softer, tender, and move easily are usually a sign of infection or inflammation.
The most common causes of swollen glands include:
- Bacterial infection such as strep throat
- Mouth sores or tooth infection
- Viral infection such as mononucleosis or “mono”
- Skin infection
- Ear infection
- Sexually transmitted disease
- Cancers such as leukemia, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and breast cancer
- Immune system disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and HIV infection
- Side effect from a vaccine or from certain medications
Treatment of swollen lymph nodes
Natural and holistic treatments are also beneficial in treating the certain underlying causes of swollen lymph nodes. Treatments such as herbal remedies are gentle and help to ensure overall health and well-being without the risk of side effects. Herbs such as: Bauhinea variegate, T. Chebula, T. Bellerica, E. officinalis, ginger, black pepper, piper longum, crataevra religiosa, cardamom, cinnamon, commiphora mukul, haridra, and ashwagandha. All these herbs are useful in reducing the swelling of lymph nodes. These herbs are beneficial in the treatment of lymph nodes due to various reasons. The lymph nodes can be effectively reduced using these herbs and there are no side effects of these herbs. The herbal remedies are purely vegetarian and are safe for use.
Swollen Lymph Nodes Healing Pack
Swollen lymph nodes healing package of planet Ayurveda consists of cap curcumin, cap ashwagandha and tab kanchnaar guggul. All these herbal formulations are made from standardized extracts of pure and best quality herbs, proved beneficial in reducing inflammation, other symptoms and eliminate the condition effectively in excellent way!