|Single Swollen Lymph Node
Mar 24, 2001
I got a cold about 5 weeks ago. My symptoms were pretty bad for a couple weeks, and they have gradually gotten better since then. I went to the doctor at the 4 week mark and she said that my tonsils are still enlarged, but will go down with time. I also still have a single very slightly enlarged lymph node under the right side of my jaw. It is not painful. I was wondering if these could be signs of HIV infection. The fact that I have had a cold that took a while to go away, as well as the fact that my tonsils are still enlarged as well as the single lymph node? I have also been under a tremendous amount of stress lately, so could this be causing me to take longer to get better? Thank you for your consideration and response.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Unless you had a risky exposure to an HIV infected person there isw no risk. A single swollen node developing in the setting you described would rarely be s sign of new HIV infection. If you are worried get tested. KH
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