Swollen lymph nodes and HIV
To understand this symptom, the lymph nodes must first be defined. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped structures.
Lymph nodes “are an important part of the immune system,” says MedlinePlus, an information service at the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Helps the body recognize and fight microbes, infections and other foreign bodies“.
Lymph nodes are located throughout the body. The dedicated website Medical News Today (MNT) details about 600 lymph nodes, some in deep tissue and others near the surface of the skin.
Now, when the lymph nodes swell, it’s a sign that the body is attacking an infection, such as HIV.
“Swollen lymph nodes May be an early symptom of HIV infection’, says MNT.
If the lymph nodes are swollen, they may feel like tender lumps. They can be located on the sides of the neck, under the chin, armpits, and groin.
When should I consult a doctor?
Swollen lymph nodes can be a warning sign of other infections (not necessarily HIV), such as measles, strep throat, ear infections, and dental infections.
Therefore, MNT stated, Anyone with swollen lymph nodes should contact their doctorespecially if: Lymph nodes that have been swollen for two weeks or more, or are hard to the touch.
Also, if the pressure does not move, it is accompanied by night sweats or a high fever that lasts longer than 3 or 4 days.
Now, in addition to swollen lymph nodes, early flu-like symptoms of HIV include:
- low fever
- sore throat
- joint pain
- Muscle pain
- mouth ulcers
- genital ulcers
- night sweat
Either way, keep in mind that having these symptoms does not guarantee that the person has HIV, and the only way to confirm the diagnosis is with an HIV test.
So if you suspect HIV from your symptoms or you may have been exposed, experts recommend getting tested or contacting your doctor.
As for symptoms of AIDS, when HIV progresses to stage 3, it can include:
- high fever
- persistent cough
- chills all over
- night sweat
- lose weight
- respiratory distress
- sores on the genitals
- memory problem
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