What Does Swollen Lymph Node Feel Like?

Are swollen lymph nodes hard or soft?

These characteristics can be useful in suggesting the cause of the lymph node swelling. For example, a hard, nontender, non-moveable lymph node may be more characteristic of a cancer spread to that node. On the other hand, a soft, tender, moveable lymph node could more likely represent an infection.

What do normal lymph nodes feel like?

Lymph node are usually too small to feel except in slim people when they can be felt as smooth pea-sized lumps in the groin. Another common exception is when people get a sore throat or an ear infection, which can make the neck lymph nodes enlarged, painful and tender.

When should you worry about a swollen lymph node?

When to see a doctor

Some swollen lymph nodes return to normal when the underlying condition, such as a minor infection, gets better. See your doctor if you’re concerned or if your swollen lymph nodes: Have appeared for no apparent reason. Continue to enlarge or have been present for two to four weeks.

What does a swollen lymph node in armpit feel like?

Lymph nodes are small, oval-shaped structures that are located throughout the body’s lymphatic system. They play an important role in your body’s immune system. An armpit lump may feel small. Seek medical attention if you have an armpit lump that gradually becomes enlarged, is or isn’t painful, or doesn’t go away.