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PET scan. This looks at the chemical activity in parts of your body. It may help identify a variety of conditions like some cancers, heart disease and brain disorders. Glands that are much larger than they should be, not just mildly swollen. Your lymph nodes come across all kinds of germs, so they can be swollen for lots of reasons. Usually, it's something that's easy to treat, like a cold, an ear infection, or an infected tooth. Medications that help with inflammation (for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis ). They're part of your lymphatic system. Along with your spleen, tonsils, and adenoids, they help protect you from harmful germs. Glands that feel hard or don't move when you push on them. If what's causing the swelling isn't something like a virus that will go away on its own, treatment can include:. Glands that stay swollen for more than 5 days in TEENren or 2 to 4 weeks in adults. Your doctor might be able to get an idea of what's making your glands swell by where they are in your body. She also may recommend one of these tests to find out more about what's going on: The area around the glands turns red or purple, it feels warm or you see pus. Much less often, it can be a more serious illness. They can include: If you notice any of these, see your doctor. MayoClinic.org: "Swollen Lymph Nodes -- Symptoms and Causes.". Tuberculosis, an infection that usually affects your lungs. These round and bean-shaped glands have immune cells called lymphocytes in them. They attack bacteria, viruses, and other things that can make you sick. When you're fighting off harmful germs, your body makes more of those immune cells -- that causes the swelling. CT scan. A series of X-rays are taken from different angles and put together to form a more complete picture. Surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy (for types of cancer). Biopsy. Lymph node tissue is removed and looked at under a microscope. In most cases, swollen glands return to normal size after the illness or infection has passed. But here are some things to watch for: These glands are your lymph nodes. You have them throughout your body. But there are clusters of them in places like your neck, under your arm and in the crease between your thigh and your torso (where your leg begins). You can sometimes feel these clusters as little bumps, especially if they're swollen. 2005 - 2019 WebMD LLC. All rights reserved. WebMD does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Dangers After TEENbirth -- What to Watch For.