Do you have a rash with your swelling? If so, this could be a result of Lupus. Generally, if it is lupus, the swelling is seen around the eyes with a rash. If not, it may be due to some sort of infection, and we are susceptible to infections.
Lupus is a connective tissue disease. You lymph node is a small, round or bean-shaped cluster of cells covered by a capsule of connective tissue. Lupus causes inflammation and often, this inflammation occurs in the lymph node. Lymphadenitis means inflammation of the lymph nodes. If a lymph node is overwhelmed by invading material, it may enlarge to 1 centimeter (cm) or more and become inflamed. In general, swollen lymph nodes that you can feel (palpate), such as the ones in your neck, are likely to be tender and painful. In addition, you may have the following signs and symptoms, depending on the cause of your swollen lymph nodes:
* Runny nose, sore throat, fever and other indications of an upper respiratory infection
* General swelling of lymph nodes throughout your body, indicative of infections such as HIV or mononucleosis, an infection of the glands, or immune disorders, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
* Red, inflamed skin over the swollen lymph node
* Swollen limb, possibly indicating lymph system blockage caused by swelling in a lymph node too far under your skin to feel
* Hardened, fixed, rapidly growing nodes, possibly indicating a tumor (rare)
Whatever the case, it is probably a good idea for you to mention it to your rheumatologist, especially if the cream you were given is not being effective and especially with the swollen glands in your neck.
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