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How to treat swollen neck glands

Neck glands are actually lymph nodes located in the neck just beneath the jaw. They can become swollen when you develop a cold, an infection or throat irritation. When neck glands are swollen, it is the body's way of communicating to you that your immune system is hard at work trying to fend off disease: the glands of the neck, along with other lymph nodes, create antibodies for disease defence. To remedy swollen neck glands, you must treat the underlying condition causing the swelling of neck lymph nodes.

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  1. Visit a physician if you have swollen neck glands and a sore throat to rule out tonsillitis, mononucleosis and strep throat. Take antibiotics as prescribed if your doctor prescribes them. Mix 1.5 ml (1/4 teaspoon) of salt with 240 ml (1 cup) of warm water and 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) of goldenseal root in a bowl. Strain over a cheese cloth; use the mixture as an oral rinse and gargle with it for throat irritation relief.

  2. Visit a physician if you have swollen neck glands and an earache to rule out and ear infection. Take the complete course of antibiotics, if supplied, as instructed.

  3. Consider taking Echinacea. Echinacea is an herbal supplement that is intended to boost immunity and help the body fight off illness. Consult with your health care provider before taking Echinacea, and follow dosing instructions exactly.

  4. Consume 30 ml of aloe juice daily to treat swollen neck glands internally. Refrigerate the juice between uses to keep it fresh.

  5. Consume 1 cup of mullein (Verbascum thapsis) tea a day for cold and respiratory irritation relief, and to minimise gland swelling. Steep one mullein tea bag in 170 g of hot water for three minutes; use honey to sweeten the tea to taste.

  6. Use ibuprofen or acetaminophen to alleviate painful conditions associated with neck gland swelling; use the product as directed.

  7. Tip

    Sometimes, steroids are required to help reduce enlarged lymph nodes; if lymph node size does not diminish with the passage of time, it might be necessary to get another medical evaluation to determine if prescribed steroids are needed.


    In rare cases, enlarged lymph nodes can be indicative of a cancerous condition; if the nodes are greater than three centimetres in size, you will need to see a doctor to determine if the nodes must be removed surgically and if a biopsy of the node is needed. Before using any home or natural remedies, consult with your health care provider. There is limited scientific research to prove many claims regarding home and natural remedies. Be informed.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 bottle of 350 mg Echinacea capsules
  • Table salt
  • Goldenseal root powder
  • Bowl
  • Cheese cloth
  • Small cup
  • 1 box of mullein tea bags
  • Honey
  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aloe juice
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Medical evaluation

About the Author

Robin Reichert

Robin Reichert is a certified nutrition consultant, certified personal trainer and professional writer. She has been studying health and fitness issues for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health from Clayton College.

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