Swollen glands are a sign the body is fighting an infection. They usually get better by themselves within 2 weeks.
Swollen glands feel like tender, painful lumps:
Glands (known as lymph glands or lymph nodes) swell near an infection to help your body fight it.
Sometimes a gland on just one side of the body swells.
You might also have other symptoms, such as a sore throat, cough or high temperature.
Swollen glands should go down within 2 weeks.
You can help to ease the symptoms by:
Do not self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried.
Swollen glands are:
A GP will be able to recommend treatment depending on the cause, which might include antibiotics (antibiotics do not work on viral infections).