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The lymphatic system is an essential part of your immune system, with lymph nodes located throughout the body. Dr. Travis ...
Stork details the role of lymph and how to perform a lymph self-exam.
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How to Perform a Lymph Self-Exam
Dr. Travis: So the lymphatic system is a part of your body’s immune system. Lymph nodes are through out the body and they connect believe it or not to something called lymph. And lymph is, it’s basically fluid, it has white blood cells and it also carries around bacteria and viruses. And then the lymph node, you can think that as an army base. It's where these white blood cells produce antibodies that will attack these viruses.
So what can happen? You’re absolutely right. When you’re sick with mono, streptro skin infections, those lymph nodes near the site of that infection will become sometimes inflamed. And what you can do is a pretty easy self exam. You’ll see me doing in the early time all to my patients. Take the pads of your fingers and this is obviously neck lymph node. Just gently roll your finger, feeling for little nodules, okay?
And of you feel a small rubber like nodule, it’s freely mobile, it doesn’t hurt too much, you can just have some inflamed lymph nodes.
Dr. Jim: So about the size of a pea or something, some small like that.
Dr. Travis: Exactly. And often times under your armpit. You may need to press a little bit harder underneath your armpit to feel them, also on your groin area, a very common place to them. But when do you need to worry? Well, when it’s kind of a larger node over a half inch in diameter, it's not mobile. It doesn’t have that rubbery texture and it just feels abnormal. Or let’s say it's an abnormal area for a lymph node to be reactive. Back at your neck, maybe over your clavicle, your elbow, your knees, something like that. Then you should go, get a checked out because yes lymph, your lymph system is there for a reason. But things like Leukemia Lymphoma can first manifest themselves within a large lymph node.
Dr. Drew: For women, it’s so important that enlarged lymph nodes in the armpit.
Dr. Travis: Absolutely.
Dr. Drew: Because that’s where the breast drains, in the neck like you’ve mentioned these lymph nodes, all the lymph nodes.
Dr. Travis: Well maybe the answer is you know we talked about know your breasts, know your testicles. You really should your lymph system.
Dr. Jim: Sure.
Dr.Travis: I’m just going to be honest there, where I have lymph nodes that are always there. And I do actually feel them and they stay the same.
Dr. Jim: Making sure they’re not getting bigger or they sometimes can get infected. They’ll be much larger you even sometimes—you’ll see red, very tender, that’s the time you see a doctor too.