Why Are My Glands Swollen?

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Glands are an important part of the immune system that help keep us healthy. When glands become swollen, it can be a sign that something is wrong. In this blog post, we will explore the various reasons why your glands might swell up, the symptoms you may experience while having swollen glands, and when to seek medical attention.

Common Causes of Swollen Glands


Swollen glands are often an indication of some sort of infection. This could include viral infections such as the common cold, flu, sinus infections, mono, and strep throat. It could, however, also be a side effect of more serious infections like chicken pox, measles, herpes, rubella, Lyme disease, and even HIV.

Immune System Disorders

If you are experiencing swollen glands across your body, it may be due to an immune system disorder. These could be autoimmune disorders like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.


It is possible for swollen glands to signal more serious conditions like cancer. If your glands appear larger than 3/4 of an inch, are hard to the touch, and have increased sensitivity, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible for diagnosis.

When to See a Doctor

If your swollen glands are persistent or if they are accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, fatigue, body aches, and unexplained weight loss, you should seek medical attention. Your doctor can help determine the cause of your swollen glands to ensure proper treatment is administered.

It is important to pay attention to any changes in your health so that you can take the necessary precautions. If you are concerned about your glands, it is best to err on the side of caution and seek medical attention.

The Urgentology Care is here to support your family’s health when you need us most. Contact our team online or by calling (817) 799-7273 to discuss your health concerns and get the care you’re looking for today.