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Swollen glands


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Swollen glands feel like tender, painful lumps. You can get them on each side of your neck, under your chin, in your armpits and around your groin.

You can help ease swollen glands by resting, drinking plenty of fluids and taking painkillers. Your glands should go down within 2 weeks.

Your glands can become swollen if you have a common illness like a cold, tonsillitis, or an ear or throat infection.

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

Page last reviewed: 25/09/2020
Next review due: 25/09/2023