Swollen Armpit Glands

The Causes Of Swollen Armpit Glands

If you are experiencing swollen armpit glands, you may want to know what is causing this. Usually swollen glands or lymph glands or nodes are a result of inflammation caused by an infection or other problem within the body. But these enlarged lymph nodes can also be a sign of cancer. Swollen armpit glands should be a reason for concern and they should always be checked out thoroughly by a doctor.

The lymph nodes or glands are bean shaped tissue with connective tissue surrounding it. They are located in the lymphatic system and they can be found in several places within the body. Their main purpose is trapping bacteria and cancer cells that travel through the body in lymph fluid. These glands are essential to the body’s immune system and promote a response from it.

Groups of these lymph nodes are found in many places in the body. There are groups of them and they are located in the neck, collarbone, and groin and in the armpit area. There are other glands in the body that can become swollen to indicate a problem and they are the thyroid gland, tonsils, salivary gland and the lacrimal gland.

Swollen armpit glands can occur for several reasons. Some of these things are easily curable, while others can be life threatening. The only way to know why a person is suffering with this condition is to be seen and diagnosed by a doctor.

Bacteria can cause many problems within the body because it can result in an infection. An infection can cause the lymph glands to become inflamed and this can cause swollen armpit glands. Bacterial infections happen when there is an imbalance between good and bad types of bacteria. The most common types of bacteria that can cause illness in the body are staphylococci, streptococci, E coli and salmonella. Bacterial infections can be easily treated with antibiotics.

Non Hodgkin lymphoma is a type of cancer that starts in the immune system cells. The immune system is responsible for fighting off diseases and infection.  The lymphatic system works in the immune system and this is why the lymph nodes can become swollen when cancer is present. Usually, there will be one bump present in either the groin or under the armpit when non Hodgkin lymphoma occurs. The treatment of this disease varies because there are different stages of severity. In most cases, surgery might be needed to remove any cancerous growth and chemotherapy or radiation may also be used.

Connective tissue disease can cause swollen armpit glands and it can also cause a degeneration of the connective tissues within the body. These connective tissues are made up of collagen and elastin and they cover the bones and protect them from any damage. People who suffer with connective tissue disease have abnormal immune system activity. The immune system turns against the body tissues and this is called autoimmunity. These types of tissue diseases can be due to genetic inheritance.

Hyperthyroidism is a disease that occurs when there is an over production of thyroid hormones. Some of the symptoms include fever, irregular heartbeat, an overall weakness in muscles and swollen armpit glands. The thyroid gland itself may also become swollen. This gland is located right under the Adam’s apple in the neck area. The thyroid gland is responsible for removing iodine from the blood. Hyperthyroidism can be caused by grave’s disease, adenoma, inflammation of the thyroid gland and excessive iodine intake.  The symptoms of this condition can be relived by surgery, anti thyroid drugs, radioactive iodine and certain medications to alleviate any pain and to treat any other discomforts.