Are Your Swollen Glands a Symptom of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

You have hundreds of lymph nodes throughout your body, and large clusters of them in three particular areas: your neck, your armpits, and your groin.

Lymph nodes (also known as glands) filter waste out of lymph fluid, which contains white blood cells that help fight infection, notes the Cleveland Clinic. In a nutshell, lymph nodes help keep you healthy.

Lymph Nodes May Become Enlarged

When lymph nodes become swollen or enlarged, doctors refer to the condition as lymphadenopathy. Sometimes the swelling is localized (in only one place in the body), and sometimes it is diffuse (throughout the body).

A lump that you see or feel, especially in your neck, armpit, or groin, can be a symptom of lymphadenopathy. Some swollen lymph nodes are only slightly noticeable. The lump may or may not be tender or painful, and you may feel one lump or several. Swollen glands may accompany a sore throat — which can cause painful swallowing and may feel like there is a soreness, discomfort, pain, or scratchiness in the throat — depending on the cause of the pain.

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