is it possible irritate your lymphnodes and cause swelling if you poke at them?i was feeling at the one in my neck the other day and i couldnt stop poking at it and feeling it because i thought it was swollen-and now it definitely is.
i have no pain what so ever.do lymphnodes hurt if the swelling is caused by a condition such as hodgkins,hiv or mono?
It is possible to irritate lymph nodes by simply poking or palpating them, especially if this is done somewhat frequently. Nevertheless, it's best to have it checked out by a medical professional if you think it is, indeed, swollen.
Lymph node swelling as a result of most cancers (such as Hodgkins) is often painless for a long time since cancer is great at masking itself under the guise of your immune system--thus, your lymph nodes become swollen with cancerous cells your body doesn't identify as "bad", so there is no pain. Swelling of lymph nodes as a result of HIV, mono, and other infections tend to cause some pain or soreness. It's also important to note that cancerous lymph nodes generally begin as a single, isolated node or two, and the nodes are hard or firm upon touch. HIV and mono generally cause a widespread swelling of lymph nodes (inguinal, axillary, cervical, etc.).
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