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Hi, a week ago I noticed I had a lump in my groin, I originally thought it was a hernia but my gp tells me it is a swollen lymph gland.I am waiting to have blood samples taken and analysed at the moment but that will take over a week and I'm worried at the moment!Since I visited the gp last week I have had a pain around my anus which I believe to be external hemorrhoid. Could this be linked to the swollen lymph gland? The last 24 hours I have had a slight pain behind my wars which I believe could also be glands? I had a virus about a month ago which was a severe headache, sore throat and cough, not sure if that is related either. Thanks

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It seems like you have infected hemorrhoids that has caused a swollen lymph node.

Lymph nodes are indicators of infection and lymph nodes closest to the site of infection swells. The lymph node will resolve if the hemorrhoids are managed effectively. Hemorrhoids are nothing but increased dilatation of vessels present in sub mucosa in anus. Yes it is true it commonly occurs in elderly. But it can also occur in people who have no proper toiletry habits. Constipation for a long period of time will increase the pressure on anal mucosa, tearing the vessels on the process if it's very chronic.

I suggest you to follow the following, maybe it might be of help,

  1. Have a regular toiletry habits, like going to the bathroom every day.
  2. Take plenty of fluids every day and fruits as well.
  3. If you are having constipation, try taking laxatives.
  4. Go on liquid food till your constipation is relieved.
  5. Also take a tub of warm water, add potassium permanganate in it. Sit in the tub for 15 minutes. You can practice this every two days once. As the area is inflamed there are chances for infection to occur, as a prophylaxis this will help you.
  6. You can also take Cap amoxicillin course for five days, twice a day.

If there is no improvement in a weeks time, I suggest you visit a surgeon. He will examine you and find the cause if other than hemorrhoids.

Thank you.

Dr. John Monheit
Category: Family Physician-GP
Residecny: North Colorado Family Medicine
Medical School: The Chicago Medical Center
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