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Enlarged Lymph Nodes in the Groin

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Last updated June 11, 2022

Enlarged lymph nodes in the groin quiz

Take a quiz to find out what's causing your enlarged lymph nodes in the groin.

Enlarged lymph nodes in the groin quiz

Take a quiz to find out what's causing your enlarged lymph nodes in the groin.

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What are enlarged lymph nodes in the groin?

Enlarged lymph nodes occur when the nodes fill with inflammatory cells. This often is a result of an infection but can occur without a known cause. Underneath the skin, there are about 10 small lymph nodes in the groin area. They contain immune cells that fight infection and filter harmful substances from the body. When your body is fighting an infection, they can swell to a size that you can feel them.

Rarity: Common

Symptoms

Treatment

You should call a doctor to see whether or not your lymph node needs to be checked. Enlarged lymph nodes will usually shrink on their own. To speed up the process, try applying a warm, wet compress to the affected area.

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Dr. Rothschild has been a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He currently practices as a hospitalist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. In 1978, Dr. Rothschild received his MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin and trained in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in critical care medicine. He also received an MP...
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