Cause Of Swelling In The Left Neck?

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I want to ask, I am an active smoker. earlier I went to the doctor to check the swollen lymph nodes in the back of the left side of the neck, then the doctor did the irritation and the result was that my lungs and heart were normal, but the doctor ordered a lab test. Are there any indications of HIV disease? Because I was worried after reading the articles and symptoms about HIV and some of the symptoms I feel at this time.

1 Answer:

Hello Fahmi, Thank you for the question.

Lymph nodes are part of the human immune system. Lymph nodes will generally be swollen due to infections in the body, such as throat infections, tooth infections, tonsillitis. When the infection has cleared up, the lymph nodes will return to their original size. Swollen lymph nodes can also occur if you have rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, tuberculosis, syphilis, HIV, or cancer.

If you have done risky actions before (for example, having unprotected sex with someone whose HIV status is not clear, sharing needles with HIV sufferers), then the possibility of being infected with HIV will always be there. However, to make sure this requires blood tests. Early HIV infection does not cause specific symptoms, sufferers will experience flu-like symptoms that can last for one to two months. After the initial symptoms disappear, the sufferer will not experience any symptoms until years later. If left untreated, HIV infection will continue to weaken the immune system so that the sufferer is unable to fight off infections or more serious diseases. Some of the symptoms of late-stage HVI infection are prolonged fever, fatigue, swollen lymph nodes in the neck or groin, skin rash, persistent diarrhea, shortness of breath, and yeast infection of the body.

Please follow the doctor's instructions. In addition to blood tests, the doctor may also order an ultrasound or biopsy (appearance of a tissue sample for examination in the laboratory) to find the cause. Further treatment can only be determined after knowing the cause.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Aloisia

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