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Cold sores and enlarged lymph nodes

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I have a viral infection. Because of this I have a huge cold sore in my right nostril. I was in the hospital yesterday and they said because I took and antibiotic I could have made it worst. That it has to run it's course. Under my right nostril there is a lump. The right nostril is also where the huge cold sore is. It is inside my nose and comes a little out of it where the area is. My lips and right side of my face are still swollen though it is not as swollen as it was yesterday.

Is the swollen lump under my nose and above my lip due to the cold sore? Do I need to go back to ER?

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replied December 1st, 2008
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A5016

Referring to the symptoms you provided, you might be experiencing an enlarged lymph node due to the cold sore. The cold sore caused inflammation. As a result, the surrounding tissue is swollen. A lymph node in that area might react by enlarging. If this is the case, you need no further treatment.

The cold sore might happen more often. You might want to try to improve your immune system to prevent this condition.

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