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Swollen glands

Swollen glands are a sign the body is fighting an infection. They usually get better by themselves within 2 weeks.

Check if your glands are swollen

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.

Things you can do yourself

Swollen glands should go down within 2 weeks.

You can help to ease the symptoms by:

Causes of swollen glands

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).