Natural Therapy for Lymphadenopathy or Painful Axillary Lymph Nodes in the Breast, Armpit or Groin
Posted Jan 19 2013 4:13am
What to do when you have a swollen gland or lymph node in your armpit
or around the side of the breast? This is a major question we receive
from our clients and individuals who read our blog and lymphatic therapy
focused articles. The gland or swollen mass you feel is what we call
your axillary lymph node(s).
Normally axillary lymph nodes are not felt. However, sometimes in
normal people, they are felt as small
(less than 1cm in diameter), soft, non-tender swellings. Large
tender but mobile lymph nodes usually indicate infections or small wounds of the
arm (often from a skin infection or a cat scratch). Harder, fixed or matted axillary
nodes often indicate malignancy usually from the lung or breast and require immediate attention.
are many ways your doctor will address these swollen lymph nodes.
Often there is a batter of testing - mostly CT scans, sometimes an
ultrasound/imaging of the breast and perhaps blood tests to observe your
immune system response. It can be a very scary process as the "C" word
looms in the back of your head. Before you go down that path, here are
a few things to note about the causes of lymphadenopathy. This will
arm you with information so you can relay to your doctor or medical team
potential causes so they can rule out that dreaded "C" word.
Common Lymphadenopathy causes: Infections, cat-scratch disease, lymphoma,
breast cancer, silicone implants, brucellosis, melanoma.
The variety of causes of axillary lymphadenopathy
Here at Healthy Being Wellness Center, we use a
series of lymphatic drainage massage therapy sessions to alleviate the
swelling and enhance lymphatic health. We see cases where our clients
have been told their lymphadenopathy is not cancer related, but are
recommended surgery to remove the tender and swollen lymph node.
Yikes (!) this is not the best of treatment options with regard to long term
lymphatic health impairments and potential conditions like lymphedema.
Instead, we can provide lymphatic drainage therapy to help break up
lymphatic congestion and minimize the pain and swelling of that
node(s). We'll often see reduction in pain immediately and size within a
few weeks of treatment or less.
If you have any questions, please contact us or email us directly.
Healthy Being Wellness Center is a natural, organic day spa in St. Petersburg, FL that focuses on promoting healthy and natural lifestyles.
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