Common causes of swollen glands

Swollen glands are usually caused by a relatively minor viral or bacterial infection, including:

  • a Cold
  • tonsillitis
  • glandular fever
  • a throat infection
  • an ear infection
  • a dental abscess
  • cellulitis (a skin infection)

The glands inthe affected areawill often become suddenly tender or painful. You may also have additional symptoms, such as a sore throat, cough ,or fever.

Theseinfections usually clear up on their own, and the swollen glands will soon go down. You will normally just need to drink plenty of fluids, rest and relieve the symptoms at home using over-the-counter medicines such as paracetamol or ibuprofen .

See your GP if your symptoms don't improve withina few weeks.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018