The glands (lymph nodes) on
either side of the neck, under the jaw, or behind the ears commonly swell when
you have a cold or sore throat. These glands can also swell following an
injury, such as a cut or bite, near the gland or when a tumor or infection
occurs in the mouth, head, or neck.
Swollen glands caused by an
injury or minor infection usually go away within a couple of weeks after you
recover from the injury or illness. Young children may have small, hard glands
for weeks before the glands return to normal. Glands that swell because of a
more serious illness or tumor require treatment for the underlying
Hyperthyroidism is a disorder in which your thyroid gland makes and releases more thyroid hormone than your body needs. Your doctor may say you have an "overactive thyroid," or refer to the condition as "overactive thyroid disease."
Your thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck. Hormones released by the thyroid affect nearly every part of your body from your brain to your skin and muscles. They play a crucial role in controlling how your body uses energy, a process called metabolism...