Swollen Lymph Nodes in Throat
Q: I have an enlarged lymph node and found a lump on my throat gland under my chin recently. It worries me, even though my doctor explained my lymph node was swollen due to a scratch I got on my scalp.
– By Jen
It is quite probable that your lymph node has enlarged due to the scratch you had in your scalp.
Why Do Lymph Nodes Enlarge?
Lymph nodes are a part of the body’s immune system. Whenever there is an infection or injury in some part of our body, lymph nodes draining that area enlarge.
This is an immune response of the body. The swollen nodes help in fighting against the external agent (bacteria or virus).
When you had some trauma in your scalp, the region may have got mildly infected. Now, your scalp does not have lymph nodes of its own.
Where Does the Scalp Drain?
Scalp does not have its own lymph nodes. It drains into the following group of lymph nodes:
- Nodes around the ears
- Nodes below the chin
- Glands below the jaw bone
- Deeper nodes of the neck
- Cluster of nodes on the back of the neck
So, the head drains its lymphatics in the neck region, making it very likely that any scalp injury or infection would lead to enlargement of nodes in the neck area.
The enlarged lymph nodes would gradually subside with time. You may notice it reducing in size.
However, if you feel they are hardening or becoming painful, you would require further evaluation.