Your lymph nodes play a vital role in your body's ability to fight off infection. When they swell, it is an indication of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection that occurs in the body. In this article, you will learn more about its symptoms, causes and treatments. If you are experiencing a reduction in your hearing ability, take advantage of Amplifon's free hearing consultations.
We recommend visiting a specialist if your swollen lymph nodes on the neck, behind the ear, under the arm or in the groin area are:
If you are also experiencing symptoms such as fever, night sweats, unwanted weight loss or shortness of breath, you should seek a medical opinion promptly.
Lymph nodes behind the ear can swell when a person is suffering from a bacterial, viral or fungal infection in the ear, throat or eye. Another cause can also be an allergic reaction where the number of antibodies has increased. The infections that specifically affect the lymph nodes behind the ear are:
The lymph nodes behind the ear can also swell if the person has neck sores, or as a result of an autoimmune disease where the immune system is weakened. It is also important to keep in mind that swollen lymph nodes behind the ear can be the first sign of the lymphoma or leukaemia. However, to understand the true nature of your swollen lymph nodes, it is best to visit a specialist for a thorough examination.
Parotid gland cancer or lymph gland cancer are possible complications of swollen lymph nodes. Particularly painless swollen lymph nodes, fever, weight loss and night sweats are among the most common symptomps of parotid gland cancer. Although extremely rare, this type of cancer can occur at any age and men affected slightly more often than women. The therapy used for treatment depends on the type of lymphoma and stage.
Parotid gland cancer is usually only detected at a later stage because the tumour is only felt when it is large enough. However, swollen lymph nodes is not one of the first symptoms. The tumour is often detected due to a painful and hard, non-displaced lump in front of or under the ear.
For swollen lymph nodes, the following homeopathic remedies are often recommended:
Swollen lymph nodes can be treated with the following at-home remedies:
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