Swollen Lymph Node in Groin Area - Are You a Victim?
Lymph nodes are a part of the lymphatic system that assists the body in fighting against the diseases. Thus, they are an important part of the immune system. As a result of the reaction of the lymph nodes against the foreign bodies, the lymph nodes may become inflamed or infected and may become swollen. Swelling may also occur for no apparent reason. Lymph nodes are found throughout the body. However, the most common areas where these nodes can be felt, with the fingers, are the neck, groin, armpit, back of the head, behind the ears and under the jaws and chin.
Usually the swelling may appear suddenly and can be quite painful and this, generally, is the result of and inflammation or an infection. However in some cases, the enlargement may come gradually and painlessly which may result into tumor or malignancy. Swollen lymph node in the groin area is referred to as the groin lump. Such swellings could be tender, soft and not painful at all. These lumps in the groin are also known as bubo lymphadenopathy, inguinal lymphadenopathy or localized lymphadenopathy.
Allergic reaction, cancer, drug reaction, enlarged lymph glands in the groin area, hernia, infection, injury trauma to the groin area, sexually transmitted disease etc. are some of the causes that could lead to the formation of the lumps in the groin area. Lymph nodes are generally considered to be normal if the diameter of the node is upto 1 centimeter. Experts suggest that the size of a lymph node in the groin larger than 1.5 centimeter should be considered abnormal. There if the size of your nodes exceeds 1.5 centimeter and is accompanied by pain then it could be due to inflammation. However, it is advised that you must consult your doctor at the earliest to rule out the exact cause and its treatments.