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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is cervical lymphadenitis?

This refers to swelling of the lymph nodes of the neck, caused by inflammation. This is often due to a viral or bacterial infection and is common among children.

Symptoms of cervical lymphadenitis

  • Swelling around the front and sides of the neck

  • Fever

  • Sore throat

  • Swelling below the ear/s

  • Neck lump

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cervical lymphadenitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cervical lymphadenitis

  • Do you have swelling around neck?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have a sore throat?

  • Is the area below your ear(s) swollen?

  • Do you have a lump on your neck?

Treatment for cervical lymphadenitis

Most cases do not require treatment and will resolve by themselves. Cervical lymphadenitis itself is not dangerous, and treatment involves medication to target any underlying infection that is persistent or serious.

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