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Swollen Glands in the Neck

Most likely you have a viral or bacterial throat infection. Of the bacterial infections, strep throat is the leading cause.

Call your doctor to see if you need a throat culture.

Lymph node swelling that is related to an infection usually resolves after one to two weeks. Mononucleosis is an exception; the lymph node swelling can last for several weeks.

Please visit our Decision Guide on Sore Throat.

To read about some of the conditions associated with swollen glands and sore throat:

Click here for more information on sore throat.

Click here for more information on peritonsillar abscess.

Click here for more information on epiglottitis.

Click here for more information on infectious mononucleosis.

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