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Swollen Lymph Node near Collar Bone

I've had noticed a swollen Lymph Node above my collar bone 3 days ago.  I thought it might just be a reaction to the tetanus shot I got 2 days prior the the swollen lymph node.  Now I'm noticing all of the lymph nodes on the same side swelling and it's starting to cause pain in my ear. I'm also starting to feel weak all over and I'm losing my appetite.  I have a low grade fever that I'm treating with Tylenol.

Is it possible that I had an ear infection and didn't know it until three days after the swollen lymph node showed up?

How long should I wait until I go to a doctor?
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Infection would be the most common cause of an enlarged lymph node.  

Appropriate treatment with antibiotic therapy can be considered if there is a clear source of infection.  Sinusitis and other upper respiratory infections can be considered.

A blood count can be done as well.  

If the lymph nodes do not abate and continue to enlarge, a biopsy can be considered to rule out cancer.

These options can be discussed with your personal physician.

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
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The weakness and loss of appetite and rapid spreading of the swollen nodes should prompt you to return to your physician ASAP.

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I had a sore throat, chest congestion, low-grade fever for 17 days. Thought it was a virus and/or cold.  I have always been told that if it isn't gone by 10 days go to your doctor, so i did.  He said i had broncitus and prescribed antibotics, zpack.  At that time a new symptom appeared, swollen glands on top of my collar bone.  I finished the treatment and it had no-effect on this.  It didn't stop the fever, or slow down the fatique.  I called the doctor back and he ran a general blood test and a mono-spot test and both results were ok.  

I have a low-grade fever for 26 days, extreme fatigue and swollen glands on top  of my collar bone.  We don't know what it is, or what is causing it but a virus is my only suggestion and that the mono test is not accurate for this particular strain of the virus.  the only thing that seems to help is "REST"

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make sure they test you for EBV (Ebstein Barr Virus) and they have to run the correct tests to see if it is a current infection, old infection, flare up etc. It IS a different test than just testing for MONO. I have had EBV for several years and finally went into remission after showing positive for almost 2 years. I have been testing clear now for almost 2 years!  REST REST REST! and change your diet, no more soda, sugars and flours!  I stopped ALL bread, sugar and stopped soda and slowly added them back in after 2 weeks, found that soda made me really tired and tomotoes made me feel like I had been hit by a truck, all my glands would swell and body ached!  But have them test you for the EBV.
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we haven't tried that yet.  I have the swollen glands still and it is really frustrating.  It has been two months since this starting and I am tired of being sick.
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Hello! I am 37 years old and yesterday discovered this swollen bump on the side of my neck just above the outer portion of my clavicle. From what I read online it seems to be one of the conditions that need "medical attention". It's quite alarming.
1. I feel a bit feverish but nothing serious.
2. I just had or still have a bursae inflamation (inflammation) in my left hip. Over three weeks.
3. I have a sore throat but it isn't harsh enough to lay in bed.
4. I am allergic to cats and two days ago I got cat dander in my eyes and it burned. (read on the web about that cat scratching thing.
5. The lump doesn't hurt as bad. It wiggles and is sore. Eek.
6. I just feel a bit scared.
7. good appetiteit, no sweating, I itch only when I read about the symptoms of itching. :)
Thanks!
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They hurt when I touch them, and that side of my neck hurts too when I move the upper left side of my body.
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I also have 3 lumps on the left side of my neck.  I noticed them this week.  I woke up on Saturday with what looked like (or I thought may have been) a pimple on the left side of my neck.  Can this pimple have anything to do with this?
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A related discussion, lymph nodes was started.
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