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How to tell if a lymph node is swollen
Merry Christmas!  I am worried about my husband.  His right armpit is "puffy", it is soft. Not real noticable to the eye but he can feel it.  It is NOT a hard pea shaped knot,  but almost his whole armpit is puffy.  His CBC and liver fuction tests were all normal.  He has had this swelling about 3 months.  He has an appt with the doc this week.  Can someone let me know if this sounds like a swollen lymph node?
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Hi.
A swollen lymph node usually is palpable as a nodule or lump, tender to touch, with noticeable redness over the area of the lymph node.  But there are lymph nodes that are not swollen nor tender but are only palpable and enlarged.  Sometimes, when the lymph nodes are matted, and the location is deep within the tissue, it can present as a bulge on the skin and would appear as puffy.
However, puffiness in the armpit could also be due to increased subcutaneous fat.
I agree with your decision to have him seen by your doctor.
Have a merry Christmas.
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