Why Do Lymph Nodes Ache?
Lymph nodes are present in the human body to sieve bacteria and viruses from the body. These lymph nodes are situated all over the body. Their important locations are under the armpit, in the neck region and in the groin region. The pain in the lymph nodes indicates that there is some sort of infection prevailing in the body. It also indicates that lymph node is involved in fighting against the infection causing agents.
The lymph nodes will be more active while fighting against infection. During this active period the lymph nodes become swollen and also pain very much. The pain will be normally mild and the lymph node will not increase in size than 2 centimeters. The lymph nodes generally swell due to any infection which is localized or systemic. Ãƒ’šÃ‚ The lymph nodes may also be swollen due to abscess formation or due to malignancy. There might be other unknown causes for swelling and pain at lymph nodes.
The major reason for the swelling of lymph node is infection or injury and it leads to enlargement of lymph nodes. Swelling of lymph nodes always results in the pain. The swelling due to malignancy may not be painful. The various reasons in detail that are responsible for the enlargement of lymph nodes and in turn leading to the painful experience are: infectious mononucleosis, Rubella or German measles, Tuberculosis, Mumps, ear infection, scalp infection, swollen gums, AIDS, cat-scratch fever, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, serum sickness, leukemia, Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, canker sores, Phenytoin drug, typhoid vaccination, salivary duct stones, Sporotrichosis, Herpes Zoster, lymphangitis, allergy caused due to sulfa drugs or penicillin or iodine, lipomas, benign cyst, and any normal breast tissue.
Subcutaneous abscesses may also cause large lumps in the armpit which is painful. Wherever may be the swelling, the pain in the lymph nodes indicates that it is fighting against some infection in the body.