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painless lumps on both sides of the neck

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I have painless lumps on both sides of the neck which gets displaced a bit when I touch. The left lump being bigger than the neck,these lumps are present since more than 8 years!I've never paid much attention to these as they don't cause me any discomfort. Should I be concerned about these?

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replied July 23rd, 2016
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The lumps you have described could be a enlarged lymph nodes.

Lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, where white blood cells (lymphocytes) mature and undergo clonal multiplication. The lymphocytes are important for fighting the infection and clearing the viruses and bacteria from the body. Hence during any inflammation or infection it is common for the lymph nodes to increase in size and also become a bit tender (pain on application of pressure).

In occasional cases, it is common for some nodes to be continuously active and hence appear enlarged permanently.

In such cases , treatment with antibiotics and other anti-inflammatory measures can help to resolve the condition.

It would be recommended that you consult with your doctor and seek a proper medical opinion.

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