SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
Swollen Lymph Nodes or an Enlargement of lymphatic nodes aka lymphatic glands typically take place following a contact to bacteria or viruses. When enlarged lymphatic glands are a result of a microflora development, we call it lymphadenitis. Also, malignant conditions (cancer) may lead to tenderness, swelling, and enlargement of lymphatic nodes, in which cancer cells comfortably grow.
Lymphatic glands perform essential functions in a body, fighting viral and bacterial contaminations and preventing the development of different illnesses. Most common areas where lymphatic glands react to an external irritant are: under mandibular, back of the head, neck, axillary, femoral and inguinal.
In cases of a simple reaction of the lymph nodes to the inflammation of internal organs (tonsillitis, pharyngitis, gums inflammation, etc.) warm compresses and intensive hydration of the body are enough to heal the local lymphadenitis ailment. However, it’s always important to be aware that lymph nodes are also reacting to malignant grows in a body and Swollen Lymph Nodes could be a sign of a serious internal problem. For example, the swelling of the armpit glands on one site may result from a breast cancer development, but at the same time, it could be a reaction to a simple panaricijum or even furuncle.
Swollen Lymph Nodes in inguinal parts of a body may manifest some sexually transmitted diseases (gonorrhea, genital herpes, or chlamydia), or be a reaction of the body defense system to a development of prostate or bladder cancer.
Causes of Swollen Lymph Nodes
A lymphatic gland or node is a tiny, bead- or bean-shaped gatherings of lymphatic cells enclosed into a connective tissue shell. These cells represented by two histological groups: lymphocytes and macrophages. Lymphocytes capture external or internal intruders (bacteria, viruses, fungus, cancer cells, while macrophages destroy them. During the process of holding and termination of harmful intruders, a patient can observe Swollen Lymph Nodes which become smaller in size and softer to palpation as soon as infection or poisoning of a body neutralized. This way Lymphocytes and Macrophages clean the lymph, which flows through the entire body along with venous and arterial blood, catching and terminating attackers.
Normally, Lymphatic glands gather into clusters, and each gathering cleanses a particular area of a body. Most often Swollen Lymph Nodes developed following a viral infection (cold, mono, scarlet fever, chickenpox, shingles, etc.). There are also a big group of bacteria and parasites diseases that cause Swollen Lymph Nodes,
Some of these diseases which characterized by SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES listed below:
Unspecified infections with SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
- Strep throat
- Septic (abscessed) teeth or gums
- Wounds, Furuncles, Carbuncles
Specified infections with SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
Immune and general system conditions with SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Other metastasized malignant process extended and causing Swollen Lymph Nodes
Symptoms of Swollen Lymph Nodes
Swollen Lymph Nodes usually manifest the pathological process that develops in the body. When Swollen Lymph Nodes become noticeable they commonly accompanied by the following symptoms:
- Hot, hard and painful lymphatic glands;
- Significantly enlarged nodes may reach a size of a walnut.
- Swollen limbs as a result of blockage of lymph liquid inside the lymph vessels by the enlarged and Swollen Lymph Nodes. This condition also is known as elephantiasis
- Night sweats
HOMOEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES
Homeopathic medicines are effective for treating swollen lymph nodes without any side effects. Some of the important remedies are given below:
CALCAREA IODIDE – Calcarea iodide is an exceptional preparation for an increase of glands. The specific for this remedy symptom is rigidity in glands
CALCAREA FLOUR – Calcarea flour is one more main homeopathic drug for glandular puffiness. There is a sluggish glandular widening of the neck lymph nodes with solidity. Also, there is an increase in the size of the thoracic and mesenteric lymphatic nodes, that is worse in wet and rainy conditions and better from warm fomentations and hot stone massage.
CALCAREA CARB – Calcarea carb is appropriate to chubby, puffy individuals, where the bulge of lymphatic nodes has a tendency to discharge pus. Additional specific symptom to choose Calcarea carb is sweating head, especially during the night sleep and the sweat is tangy and unpleasantly aggressive.
SCROPHULARIA NODOSA Q – Scrophularia is an outstanding medicine for soreness and suppuration of the lymph nodes. It is especially actual for lymphadenitis in breasts.
GRAPHITES – Graphites is extremely operative for an increase of armpits’, inguinal and cervical nodes with dermal symptoms. The stomach is big and firm.
BELLADONNA – Belladonna is the efficient homeopathic medicine for swelling of lymph nodes with an expectation of suppuration. These nodes may locate in either axillary areas or bumps in the breasts which are big, solid, heavy, red and sensitive to touch. Another specific symptom for Belladonna is red lines radiating from the irritated, painful nodes with excessive hotness and stitching aches.
LAPIS ALBUS – Lapis albus is useful in different forms of growing tissues. For this medicine, the nodes are large but not a stony hard as in Calcarea flour. Lapis albus is also useful for an increase of mesenteric lymphatic nodes.
IODUM (Iodine) – Iodum is one of the best homeopathic medicines for the expansion of nodes, including tonsillitis, with sneering of the whole body, the muscles decrease in size and skin becomes wrinkled, excluding breasts which become smaller and softer.
CARBO ANIMALIS – Carbo Animalis is additional outstanding medicine for nodes inflammations. The lymphatic nodes increase gradually and then continue to be enlarged for a while. Lymphatic nodes that can be treated with Carbo Animalis do not suppurate, or they increase significantly, but these nodes are hard.
ACONITUM LYCOTONUM – Aconitum Lycotonum is beneficial for puffiness of the neck, armpit, and breast nodes and even if Hodgkin’s disease is in question.
MERCURIUS IODIDE – Mercurius iodide is suitable for inflammation of nodes with pain. Lymphatic glands are firm and red.
AETHUSA – Aethusa is another effective remedy for lymphadenitis, with the swelling of nodes around the neck like a line of globules.
PHYTOLACCA DEC – Phytolacca is effective for lymphatic puffiness with hotness and inflammation. It is suitable for growth in the breast with inflated armpit’s nodes.
GELSEMIUM – Gelsemium is valuable for expansion and soreness of lymphatic nodes with high temperature without the need for liquids that starts at 10 AM or 11 AM and totally settling by late afternoon. Brainy warning signs such as pain and discomfort in head, dizziness etc. may accompany the Swollen Lymph Nodes.
BROMIUM – Bromium is one of the main homeopathic medicines for lymphatic swelling. The rigidity of nodes without predisposition to suppurate. Beneficial for inflammation of testicles.
Swollen Lymph Nodes is only a symptom and not a disease. As it was mentioned above this symptom may manifest simple cold or severe malignant development. It is very important to perform a differential diagnostic to make a decision which treatment approach is beneficial and which is dangerous for each particular patient.
At the Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic Victor Tsan, MD has outstanding academical and clinical experience in treatment of Swollen Lymph Nodes