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A male friend has palpable and tender lymph nodes in his

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a male friend has palpable and tender lymph nodes in his left pectoral region, and the same on the right only much less palpable and not tender. Can you advise?
Hi there.
Thank you for your question.
I will be helping you out with your queries.
Does he have any other symptoms like fever etc?
For how long is he having this problem?
How big are the lymph nodes?
Has he felt the lymph nodes himself or has a doctor told him about this?
Please let me know
Customer: replied 3 years ago.


No other symptoms

Had a bad cold but that was a few months ago and all symptoms cleared

Is depressed and a bit lethargic but outs this down to personal problems

Pea sized tender pectoral lumps, throughout pectoral region

No other swollen or tender lymph nodes eg in sternocleido mastoid

Has he been seen for this as yet?
Any tests done?
Please let me know.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
I don't think so no.
What are the possible explanations?
Tender lymph nodes almost always means that there is an infection (lymphadenitis) and that he will most likely require an antibiotic to treat this.
So that is the most likely explanation.
This usually does settle in due course of time with an antibiotic course.
He does require an examination to confirm the diagnosis and a possible prescription of antibiotics, if required.
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