Normally you shouldn't be able to feel your lymph nodes. They measure only about a half-inch across. When you get sick they can swell -- sometimes to two to three times their usual size -- to the point where you can distinctly feel them.
Other symptoms of swollen glands include:
* Tenderness or pain when you press on them. * Symptoms of the underlying infection (fever, sore throat, mouth sore). * Red, warm, swollen skin over the lymph node. * Lump.
Swollen lymph nodes that are softer, tender, and move easily are usually a sign of infection or inflammation. A hard lymph node that does not move and does not cause pain needs further evaluation by your doctor.
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