Are you suffering from Swollen Glands?
Having swollen glands (Lymph Nodes) means your immune system is fighting an infection.
Glands are part of the lymphatic system, which fights infection.
The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of the lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing infection-fighting white blood cells, throughout the body.
Glands are also called lymph nodes.
Lymph nodes become swollen in response to illness, infection, or stress. Swollen lymph nodes are one sign that your lymphatic system is working to rid your body of the responsible agents.
Lymph nodes (glands) in the throat, neck, groin and armpit can swell up when fighting an infection.
For example, if you have a sore throat from a virus, you may get swollen neck glands.
An infection on your leg can cause swollen glands in the groin.
Sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis or gonorrhea, can cause the lymph nodes in the groin area to swell.
Swollen Lymph Nodes (Glands)Causes
- Strep throat – Viruses are the most common cause of a sore throat. However, strep throat is an infection in the throat and tonsils caused by bacteria called group A Streptococcus (group A strep).
- Ear infection
- Cold or flu
- Sinus infection
- Infected teeth
- Skin infection
- Mouth sores
- Mononucleosis (Mono) – an infectious illness that's usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). It's also called mono or “the kissing disease.” You can get the virus through kissing as well as things like sharing drinks or silverware
- More serious medical problems such as HIV infection,
- Lymphomas (non-Hodgkin's lymphoma) or other
- Lupus may cause swollen lymph glands.
Other causes of swollen lymph nodes(glands) and immune system disorders are:
- Cat scratch disease (CSD) is a bacterial disease caused by Bartonella henselae.
- Hodgkin's disease & non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
- Metastasized cancer
- Toxoplasma gondii parasite, one of the world's most common parasites. Infection usually occurs by eating undercooked contaminated meat, exposure from infected cat feces, or mother-to-child transmission during pregnancy.
Immune system disorders that cause the lymph nodes to swell include lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Cancers that spread in the body can cause the lymph nodes to swell. When cancer from one area spreads to the lymph nodes, the survival rate decreases.
Lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system, also causes the lymph nodes to swell.
Some medications and allergic reactions to medications can cause the lymph nodes to swell. Antiseizure and antimalarial drugs can also cause lymph nodes to swell.
Exercise is one of the best ways to increase lymphatic circulation and improve the removal of toxins. The Lymphatic System does not have a pump like our Circulatory System does (where the heart creates a beat which helps push and pump the blood around our body). Instead, the Lymph System requires daily movement of the body (especially our muscular system), and proper breathing, to move lymph through the lymphatic vessels to pass it through the filters in our lymph nodes.
Regular exercise improves your immune system.
We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.
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Tissue Salt Rx
These tissue salts below singular or in combination may help with this condition.
For the fever and pain accompanying acute inflammations and ulcerated glands.
For stony, hard swellings.
For soft, inflamed swellings of neck, adenoids, throat and salivary glands.
For swollen, pus-filled sebaceous glands.
(These are the oil-secreting glands of the skin which when infected caused blackheads, pimples, pustules, etc.)
Nutritional Medicine Rx
Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.
Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.
The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.
The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.
Flower Essence Rx
- Bach Flower Essences
- Australian Flower Essences
Lifestyle Medicine Rx
Exercise and Fitness Management:Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
- Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
- Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.
Hydration:Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
- Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
- Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
- Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
- Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
- Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
- Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
- Slows the Ageing Process.
- Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
- Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
- Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
- Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
- Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
- Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.