Swollen glands are a sign the body is fighting an infection. They usually get better by themselves in 2 to 3 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 fever.
Swollen glands go down in 2 or 3 weeks when the infection has gone.
You can help to ease the symptoms by:
111 will tell you what to do. They can arrange a phone call from a nurse or doctor if you need one.
Get an urgent GP appointment
A GP may be able to treat you.
Ask your GP practice for an urgent appointment.
Do not self-diagnose – see a GP if you're worried.
Swollen glands are:
If you see a GP, they'll recommend treatment depending on the cause, which might include antibiotics.