The most common cause for swollen nodes is an infection, which can be caused due to a bacterium, virus or even a fungus. Generally, when lymph nodes get swollen and inflamed, based on the location of the node, it is possible to guess what is causing the swelling. For example, when a person complains of swollen lymph nodes in the neck region, it is most probably caused due to a cold, respiratory tract infection, mumps, measles or an abscess in the mouth. Likewise, if the lymph nodes in the groin swell up, it could be due to an ingrown toe nail or a foot infection. Infection in the arms or hands will cause enlargement of the lymph nodes in the armpits.
However, there are certain autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus that can cause swelling of the lymph nodes in any part of the body. Even certain types of cancer, such as leukemia or lymphoma, could cause enlargement of lymph nodes in any part of the body.
Generally, when nodes enlarge and swell up, it is best to visit a doctor to get the necessary diagnosis and treatment. However, along with the treatment prescribed by the doctor, you can also try some home remedies to alleviate the pain and discomfort. Some of home remedies that are useful in getting rid of swollen lymph nodes are highlight below.
Hot and Cold Compress: If the site is tender, it can be relieved with the help of hot and cold compress. Take one bowl of warm water and one of ice cold water. Dip a washcloth in the warm water first and place it on the affected site for around ten minutes. Then use another washcloth dipped in cold water and place it on the same spot for another ten minutes. Use this home remedy every hour to get relief from the pain and discomfort.
Massage: It is believed that massaging the affected site can help in reducing the inflammation to a certain extent. The nodes tend to swell up when they are blocked. Hence, a gentle massage can help in clearing the blockage and releasing the contents of the node. This, in turn, allows the inflammation to subside.
Honey: For centuries honey has been used for its curative properties. It is believed that consuming honey can help in reducing the swelling and easing the pain. Dissolve one teaspoon of natural honey in a glass of warm water. Alternatively, you can add honey to some tea. Make sure that no sugar is added to the tea. Drinking warm honeyed water or tea with honey can help to get rid of the swollen.