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    Old 03-25-2009, 11:02 AM   #1
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    Re: how long before a swollen lymph node goes away?

    It depends on why the lymph node is swollen. There are many reasons why a lymph node can be swollen from infections to cancer. If it's from an infection, it also depends on what type of infection it is. If it's a viral infection, then usually the lymph node will stay swollen for 1 to 2 weeks and then eventually go down. If it's from a more chronic infection such as tuberculosis or a fungal infection (like an endemic mycosis like blasto or histo) it may not go down until the underlying infection is treated. For more serious things like cancer, the lymph node won't go down until and unless the cancer is treated. If a lymph node continues to grow, is hard and non-painful, those are alarm bells that it is likely not just a simple infection and should be evaluated by a doctor.

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