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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.

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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