How to soothe swollen neck glands

Updated August 08, 2017

Swollen neck glands, also referred to as swollen lymph nodes, are often painful and almost always uncomfortable. Swollen glands in the neck can be the result of many things, including a common cold or flu, bacterial infection, or even cheering, talking or screaming loudly. There are several ways to bring temporary relief to swollen neck glands.

Take an over-the-counter medicine that relieves pain. Any aspirin will suffice, as will medications that target the throat. Also try cough drops, which slightly numb the swollen glands and provide relief.

Drink cool drinks and eat cold foods. When the lymph nodes are swollen, eating and drinking colder things soothes the area and temporarily numbs it.

Schedule an appointment at the doctor's office if your swollen glands get worse or do not improve. Your doctor might suggest an antibiotic if an infection is causing the swollen glands.

Create and use an herbal steam by combining 1 quart of very hot water with 3 drops of either tea tree oil or lavender essential oil. First, boil the quart of water.

Add the drops of essential oil to the mixture.

Place a towel over your head and the bowl holding the herbal mixture to create a sauna-like environment.

Close your eyes and breathe in the steam with both your mouth and nose for 15 to 20 minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Pain medication
  • Cough drops
  • Cool drinks/foods
  • Doctor's appointment
  • Hot water
  • Essential oils
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About the Author

Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.