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Swollen Glands, Hernias, and Other Lumps Under the Skin - Check Your Symptoms

Call a doctor if:

  • The lymph nodes are large, very firm, red, or very tender.
  • You have swollen lymph nodes and signs of infection in a nearby cut or sore. Signs may include increased pain, redness, swelling, and warmth; red streaks leading from the cut; pus; and fever.
  • You have swollen lymph nodes after traveling outside the United States or in wilderness areas.
  • Your lymph nodes swell for no clear reason, and the swelling has not gone away after 2 weeks.
  • You have swollen lymph nodes in areas other than your neck, armpits, or groin.
  • A testicle swells and is painful, especially in a child or teen. This could be very serious.
  • You have a known hernia and you have sudden, severe pain in your groin or scrotum, along with nausea, vomiting, and fever.
  • Mild groin pain or an unexplained bump or swelling in the groin lasts for more than 1 week.
  • The skin over a hernia or bulge in the groin or belly changes color.
  • You cannot push a hernia back into place with gentle pressure when you are lying down.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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