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How Big Do Lymph Nodes Get

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lymph nodes big behind ear

hello, I am just wondering about something that i have just found about a month ago. There is a bump behind my ear and my doctor said they were just lymph nodes and not to worry. Is there a reason to worry? Please answer asap. ...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
There are lots of reasons for swollen lymph nodes. Lots of people with HIV in the middle stages (CD4 200-600) have swollen lymph nodes all over their body, and this has been known for 20 years. Infections of the scalp or ears, mono, syphilis or even... Read more »

you said lymph nodes are common; what if just one lymph node is swollen

in your reply to someone you said that lymph nodes are very common in hiv infected people. what... Read more »

Lymph nodes everywhere! Are collarbone lymph nodes more likely to be cancer?

My husband 29, has soft grape sized lymph nodes near his left collarbone, head, back of neck and... Read more »
Treatment Action Group

Lymph Node Fibrosis, CD4 T Cells, and Immune Reconstitution

One of the less well-publicized consequences of thepersistent immune activation caused by HIV infection is a type of scarring damageto lymph tissues described as fibrosis. Some early studies of lymph nodes fromHIV-infected individuals reported... Read more »
CDC National Prevention Information Network

HIV Drugs Have Harder Time Penetrating Lymph Nodes Than Blood Cells

This article was reported by Healio . Healio reported on a study to determine why antiretrovirals (ARVs) are effective for treating HIV infection, allowing patients to live longer, but do not cure the infection. The study by Timothy Schacker,... Read more »

Hot Topics: Is HIV Treatment Truly for Everyone?; You and Your Lymph Nodes; Ebola vs. HIV; and More

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Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

A Practical Guide to Nutrition for People Living With HIV: The Big Chart of Vitamins and Minerals

The Big Chart of Vitamins and Minerals This table lists the RDA (recommended daily allowance), UL (upper tolerable limit) and experimental high dose, toxicity, function and food sources. The RDA usually includes all intake, from both food and... Read more »
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lymph nodes

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
after exposure I had lymph nodes on top of lymph nodes in my neck
can anyone that is hiv positive remember what kind of lymph nodes they had ? and mine were non-tender and very big. Read more »

Inguinal lymph nodes

Posted by Anonymous
I was just wondering how big the inguinal lymph nodes should be. I may have been infected (unprotected oral without ejaculation, and he fingered my rectum and may have had pre-semen on his fingers, and I noticed slight bleeding rectally from a torn... Read more »

Lymph nodes or fat--seriously

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I've gained some weight in the past few years and when feeling for my lymph nodes I can't tell (especially in groin or arm pit) whether I'm feeling fat or a node. do they feel the same? If they do feel the same how can you or your doctor tell the... Read more »

lymph nodes

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Besides HIV, MONO, Hodgkins, and lymphoma what other things can cause all the lymph nodes in the body to swell? I have swollen nodes but continue to test negative. I tested negative for mono as well. I have been to the doctor and have had a CBC... Read more »