If you have noticed a swollen lymph node in your head or neck, you should consider consulting a specialist in ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders). Dr. Michael Burnett is one of New York’s top ENT doctors, and can assist you with identification of the cause of your swollen lymph node and treatment.
ENT Doctor for Swollen Lymph Nodes
Lymph nodes in the head and the neck are present in everyone, and they are an important part of the body’s immune system. Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped masses that trap bacteria, viruses, and other harmful substances that have invaded your body. They contain cells and other components of the immune system that are necessary to fight infection.
When your doctor examines you carefully, he or she can feel lymph nodes throughout the body, and this is normal. However, some people experience swollen or enlarged lymph nodes that can result from a variety of underlying illnesses. Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by a serious infection, and sometimes, a swollen lymph node may be the first sign of cancer.
The medical term for swollen lymph nodes is lymphadenopathy. Your symptoms may range from a painless lump on the neck to a tender mass that is associated with signs of an infection, like fever. Your lymph nodes can swell as a result of a common illness, like a cold, tonsillitis, or an infected tooth. However, you should see New York’s top ENT doctor if your nodes have been swollen or enlarged for more than two weeks, without any obvious reason. If the enlarged nodes feel hard or continue to grow, and if they remain sore, don’t hesitate to seek professional advice after two weeks, because you may have a serious medical problem. Dr. Michael Burnett, a respected ENT doctor in New York, can assist you with diagnosis and treatment of your enlarged lymph nodes.
You should also seek medical attention if your lymph nodes become enlarged and you develop unexplained weight loss or night sweats. Don’t delay consultation with a physician if you have a fever. When you visit Dr. Michael Burnett at New York’s top ENT clinic, he will review your history with you, before a thorough examination. At our clinic, we can obtain blood tests that will help with diagnosis, and we may order a CT scan or an MRI, to determine the type of growth you have developed. Finally, we can perform a fine needle aspiration biopsy in the office, and if you have a serious problem that requires an open biopsy, Dr. Michael Burnett has the experience and skill to perform this procedure. After diagnosis, your problem will be treated according to the underlying cause of your lymphadenopathy.
If you are experiencing unusual swelling or enlargement of your lymph nodes, call 212-867-4813 today to make an appointment for consultation with Dr. Michael Burnett, the top New York ENT Doctor.