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Sore throat and swollen lymph node on right side Please Help!
genkid posted:
Hi Community,

3 weeks ago I started symptoms of a really bad head cold. I had major congestion in my chest and in my nose, causing a pretty bad headache. After going to the doctor, I was prescribed a z-pack as I was thought to have a sinus infection. I finished the antibiotics, and most of the symptoms got better except for the nasal congestion, and I developed an ear infection in my left ear. I just let this run it's course for a few days, and it went away on it's own. Things were pretty normal after this for a few days, and then I started developing a sore throat on the right side. It feels like a deeper sore throat in an area that can't be seen from looking in my mouth, and is only on the right side. I also noticed that only the lymph node on my right side is swollen. Has anyone ever encountered anything like this, and what do you think this is? Any help is greatly appreciated, as I am very concerned at the moment.
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
What is your concern? Please keep in mind that I do not know anything about you, your medical history, or have any way of blindly examining you over the Internet -- all essential components to determining the significance of your symptoms. There are so many possibilities such as Strep, mono, recurrent sinusitis, etc. You will need to be seen by your medical provider (again).

Being on antibiotics recently does not prevent you from (a) developing another viral or bacterial infection, or (b) having a relapse from the previous infection. Antibiotics do not change the course of a viral infection. The lymph node is a NORMAL response when you have infection or inflammation any where in the local "drainage" neighborhood. Lymph nodes help fight infection -- this is not an ominous sign, if they is your concern. Again, your medical provider must make that call.

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