What other symptoms might occur with swollen neck lymph nodes?

Swollen neck lymph nodes often occur with other symptoms that vary in severity depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Symptoms that may occur along with swollen neck lymph nodes

Swollen neck lymph nodes may occur with other symptoms including:

  • Bleeding gums

  • Cold or flu-like symptoms (runny nose, fatigue, fever, sore throat, headache, cough, aches and pains)

  • Drooling

  • Earache

  • Genital sores (indication of syphilis)

  • Joint pain

  • Rash

  • Tender, warm and red lymph nodes

  • Unexplained loss of appetite

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, swollen neck lymph nodes may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these symptoms:

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, and choking

  • Vomiting blood or black material (resembling coffee grounds)
INTRODUCTION

What are swollen neck lymph nodes?

Swollen neck lymph nodes are enlarged lymph nodes in the neck area and under the chin. Lymph nodes are very small clusters of immune cells that function as part of the body’s immune system. There are more than 600 lymph nodes throughout the body, but the ones most frequently enlarged or swollen are the lymph nodes in the neck, under the chin, in the armpits, and in the groin. Swollen neck lymph... Read more about swollen neck lymph nodesintroduction

CAUSES

What causes swollen neck lymph nodes?

The most common cause of swollen lymph nodes in the neck is a viral infection such as the common cold. Bacterial infections that can cause swollen neck lymph nodes include an infected tooth and strep throat. Immune system disorders and some types of cancer can also lead to swollen neck lymph nodes.

Common infectious causes of swollen neck lymph nodes

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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