Lymph nodes are bean-shaped glands located in your child’s neck, armpits, groin, chest and abdomen. They contain white blood cells that help fight off infections. Lymph nodes can become enlarged because of a viral infection, bacterial infection or an infection located somewhere else in your child’s body.
A viral infection, such as that of the common cold, will cause soft non-tender masses to form. The lymph nodes will return to normal once the infection has run its course. A bacterial infection will lead to tender masses. An infection of the body, such as mononucleosis, human immunodeficiency virus or tuberculosis will cause multiple lymph nodes to become enlarged throughout the body.
Contact Sacramento Ear, Nose & Throat for more information or to schedule an appointment.