Causes of Swollen Groin Lymph Nodes

The lymph nodes of the groin, or inguinal lymph nodes, are located in the crease between the leg and pelvis. There are two types of inguinal lymph nodes – superficial and deep. They often swell due to an infection or cancer in the areas from which they drain lymph (lymphatic fluid). For this reason, swelling of the groin lymph nodes is an important clinical indication of pathology within the lower abdominal wall, legs, groin, buttocks, anus, perineum and external genitalia.

Anatomy of Inguinal (Groin) Lymph Nodes

Lymph nodes are located throughout the body with each group being responsible for draining a particular area. The common lymph nodes that swell are found in the neck (cervical), armpit (axillary), and groin (inguinal), as well as in numerous other areas of the body.

There are about 10 lymph nodes that collectively form the group known as the superficial lymph nodes. They drain the skin and subcutaneous tissue (which lies just beneath the skin) of the lower abdominal wall below the level of the umbilicus, gluteal region (buttocks), perineum, lower part of anus, external genital organs and the leg.

The superficial lymph nodes themselves drain into the deep inguinal lymph nodes. There are about 3 to 5 of these deep inguinal lymph nodes which filter the lymph and return it to the circulation.

Causes of Enlargement of Inguinal Lymph Nodes

Infections

Infections of the leg or genitals may cause swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin. Systemic infections may also cause lymph node swelling of the three main groups – groin, neck or armpits.

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as syphilis, gonococcal infection, chancroid, herpes simplex, lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) may cause swelling of the inguinal lymph nodes.
  • Bubonic plague caused by Yersinia pestis, may cause extremely tender lymph node enlargement in the groin, accompanied by redness and inflammation of the overlying skin. Lymph nodes of the armpit and neck may also be involved.
  • Viral infections such as infectious mononucleosis may affect the whole body and cause generalized lymph node swelling in various parts of the body, such as neck, armpit or groin.
  • Bacterial infections of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, muscles and bone of the leg or pelvis may also cause swelling of the groin lymph nodes.
  • Toxoplasmosis caused by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii may also result in swollen lymph nodes. Most people do not exhibit any signs or symptoms of the disease and no treatment may be necessary but in babies born to infected mothers or in immunocompromised patients such as those with HIV/AIDS, it can turn into a serious infection. Flu-like symptoms such as body ache, headache, fever, fatigue and sore throat may be accompanied by enlarged lymph nodes.

Cancer and Tumors

Many forms of cancer occurring within the area drained by the groin lymph nodes will lead to swelling (lymphadenopathy). Lymph node swelling usually occurs due to malignant tumors.

  • Leukemia is the cancer of the body’s blood forming tissues, including bone marrow and lymphatic system.
  • Lymphoma is the cancer of the lymph node. It usually starts in the lymph node and may spread to other parts of the body. It may involve groups of lymph nodes in various parts of the body.  There are two types of lymphomas – Hodgkin’s disease and Non-Hodgkin’s disease.
  • Pelvic malignancy (cancer) and metastasis (spread) from cancer of anus or vulva may result in swollen lymph nodes, not related to a lymphoma. Lymph node enlargement developing in a known case of cancer will indicate its spread. If it develops in a case already treated for cancer, it will indicate recurrence of the disease.
  • Melanoma is one of the types of skin cancer which may cause swelling of the lymph nodes around the affected area.

Drugs and Vaccines

  • Medication. The side effects of certain drugs may cause lymph node enlargement although this is not a common occurrence. Some drugs that may contribute towards lymph node swelling include certain medicines for gout (like allopurinol),  epilepsy and bipolar disorder (like phenytoin and carbamazepine), infections like penicillin for bacterial infections and pyrimethamine for malaria and sulfonamides (sulfa drugs). Lymph node enlargement due to drugs is more likely to be generalized.
  • Certain vaccinations such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) and typhoid vaccination may also cause generalized lymph node enlargement.

Systemic

  • Patients with known systemic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis or systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE/SLE) may develop a swollen lymph nodes later in the disease. It is usually generalized.
  • Lymphadenitis or inflammation of the lymph nodes resulting in swelling of the nodes is common in children and is often due to a local or generalized infection, usually viral in origin.  Tuberculous lymphadenitis may be seen more often in developing countries, with generalized lymph node enlargement indicating widespread dissemination of the disease.

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  • samba Kamara

    i am presently experincing a swollen groin lymph nodes. please help me with advice to overcome this swollen.
    thanks

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Samba

      You need to consult with a doctor as to the possible cause. It could be related to a persistent infection like a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or cancer. Lymph node swelling in most cases is just a sign of some other underlying disorder. Your doctor will be able to make a diagnosis after considering all your symptoms together or may need to do a biopsy.

  • Sara

    hey dr i need yur help im a 15teen year old girl n im aslo experincing a swollen ass node the node is persent on lower side of aas it pains alot…plz name this dieases n im afarid of telling my mom….
    plz reccomend some medicines

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Sara

      A swollen lymph node on the buttock could be due to a variety of reasons and I cannot diagnose the cause online ie. name the disease. It depends on how long it has been persisting and if it has been increasing or decreasing in size as well as other signs and symptoms. First you have to ensure that this is a lymph node and not a boil on the ‘bum’. This may account for the severe pain that you are experiencing. You should tell your mom about it and she will take you to see a doctor. Do not interfere with the node or boil as you can make it worse than it is at the moment. Do no try to self medicate either without your doctor’s advice.

  • elrav

    I am a 45 year old female with a history of VIN III and I am post menopause. I have just recently found a hard immobile lump, believe it to be a lymph node, in the inguinal region on the left side. I went for an ultrasound but still don’t have the results back. My concern is because of my history that this could be indicative of some sort of cancer. What follow-up testing should I insist on if the ultrasound is inconclusive? To add to this, I have also been having issues with painful intercourse, along with a bit of bleeding afterwards. My gyn is treating me with a progesterone cream, as he believes it is due to a lack of hormones. Could this also be another sign of pelvic cancer of some sort?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Elrav

      Yes, pain and bleeding after intercourse could be related to pelvic cancer. Vaginal dryness and atrophy are also common causes so a progesterone cream is often used.

      If the ultrasound is inconclusive, your doctor will consider a biopsy.

  • VanNostrand

    I have an extremely painful egg sized cyst in the crease of my left leg next to my scrotum. I have a smaller one, grape size, on the left side, which seems to be deeper and feels solid and is not painful.
    I lost my left testi about 11 years ago, after it had swollen to the size of a softball. The doctor had no reason for it other than I had a small amount of mump antibodies in my blood, but I didn’t have the mumps.
    Last year I had a 4cm cancerous polyp removed from my colon.
    Can all of these things be connected to my current problem?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi VanNostrand

      It is very possible that it is related. Your should ensure that it is a cyst and not due to metastasis (cancer spread) from the original site. your conditions could be related to certain infectious diseases like HIV as well. Other than that I would not want to comment further but I advise that you see a doctor about this problem and do leave it.

  • Sandra

    I am a 54 year old female. I have just had lymphatic drainage done by my massage therapist who noticed that the lymph gland in my right groin is much more enlarged than my left groin. My Dr has also ordered blood tests to investigate my extreme tiredness, but thinks that it is related to menopause and is talking about HRT. Should I also mention the swollen gland to him.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Sandra

      Lymph nodes, especially of the neck, armpit and groin, may become temporarily enlarged for various reasons and often this may be due to any serious cause. If the node is constantly swollen, or increasing in size, has become hard or rubbery, then definitely it needs to be investigated. You should monitor the lymph node and report it to your doctor if there any such changes. The question is whether you have felt this enlarged node as well or was it only picked up by your massage therapist. If you are uncertain and need some reassurance that this is not something more serious, then speak to your doctor about it.

  • harrybell

    hi doc,i ve been experiencing swellings around my genitals and of recent i had some swellings in the groin.could it be asign of hiv?pliz help

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Harrybell

      Yes, it could be a sign of HIV and many other sexually transmitted diseases. It may also be related to other causes, some of which are non-infectious but this cannot be ascertained without further examination. If you are concerned about HIV specifically, take a look at this article on First Signs of HIV.

  • Pankaj

    i am 21 yr old medical student.i hav bilateral inguinal lymphadenopathy since 10 months.4 nodes on lt side 2-3 cm and 2 node on right of same size…my ESR nd other blood tests are in normal limit.i had FNAC 8 months back but it was inconclusive….i am very anxious.tell me what i do?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Pankaj

      I would advise repeating the FNAC 6 months after the first one. Given your age and bilateral LAD, STD’s always come into question. Take note of any rash, discharge, warts or ulcers. Also make note of any folliculitis around the pubic hair.

      You should see a urologist at this point. It is possible that it is not due to an infectious cause but nevertheless it must first be excluded given the sexual behavior in your age group. An HIV test is definitely necessary. The size of the nodes and the duration are a cause for concern and therefore you need specialist attention.

  • margie

    hi doc

    i have bean like thing near my anus and another one in my genitals which i believe are lymph nodes. in the past, i just ignored it cause after a few weeks it just go out naturally. but it has been recurring and it makes me worried. what could be the diseases associated with these? what shall i do?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Margie

      Many diseases may be associated with this. Just about any infection may causes these symptoms and STD (sexually transmitted diseases) like gonorrhea need to be considered. Depending on your age and past medical history, other causes, including non-infectious causes, may be a possibility. I would advise that you see a doctor immediately. The condition may be progressing and the by waiting without seeking medical treatment, a host of complications can arise.

  • Rojina

    m 34 years unmaried women .in feb 2008 i feel the small lump in my arm.i did FNAC But result was normal and dr told me it was calcified cyst.he advised me if the pain subsides i need not to do exision of lesion.my pain was subsided i do not feel to be operated.later i feel pain espcialy in cold season.now from 3 days earlier i feel pain when typin.also pain in litle pain in dat part of sholder and back.is there any dnager im scared.now i want to exision of lesion.is ther any ned to do FNAC ?

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Rojina

      Yes, an FNAC may be advisable again. However, a range of other tests should be done to try to identify the cause of the swollen lymph node, which may not be obvious by any pathology within the node. Therefore an FNAC may be of little use. A mammogram, HIV test, CBC (complete blood count), MRI of the area and so on all need to be done to exclude other causes. Lymph node swelling may only be a sign of pathology in the area. However, if these are clear, then a FNAC once again should considered and excision advisable (do not wait another 2 years). You need to also verify whether the pain you are currently experiencing is due to your swollen node in the arm. By the way, this article in swollen GROIN nodes, so if you have any enlarged nodes in this region as well, then do an HIV test immediately.

  • leakinhead

    Hello I’ve had a persistant swollen groin lymph node for over 3 years. Sometimes it gets extremely large but hasn’t since I became a vegan. But now its slightly smaller than the size of a egg and is very hard and fixed. I got checked out in the past…no cancer, no infection, also had parasite testing and am clear. No one seems to know what the cause is and I’m at my wits end with this…please help!

    • Dr. Chris

      HI Leakinhead

      You should have had a FNAC (fine needle aspiration and cytology) if you have not already done so. A biopsy may also help in a diagnosis when considered with the other tests that have been done thus far. If no abnormality can be found in the node after conducting these investigations (infection, cancer, fibrosis, blockage), then it is possible that the swelling is occurring as a result of some pathology in the pelvic/perineal area. Speak to your doctor again about other investigations which have not been done as yet. There is no way of telling you what is causing this if you have not done all the necessary investigations.

  • Chandelle

    Hi Dr Chris,

    Hoping you could help me out.

    I have what feels like 2 or 3 deep lumps in my groin where my leg meets my privates.

    I initially had pain after shaving, but left the area alone. The pain remained after 2-3 weeks but on inspection there was no cuts where I may have nicked myself. My underwear pushing against my leg hurt this area even more.

    Upon feeling the area, I noticed 3 small lumps rather DEEP in my leg- each about the size of a pea. They seem to be fixed (ie. I can’t move them), round and very firm. Now I can’t leave them alone! I keep proking & prodding and I’m in fear that it is cancer 🙁

    Over the past couple of days they have increased in size and now resemble two small marbles. They still have the same consistency and are now rather painful. The skin is not any warmer than usual and not red & inflamed. My guess is tha the lumps are too deep to show anything on the skin anyway.

    I do not feel sick at all, I am very active and fit. I participate in safe sex. I am 23 years old.

    I am scheduled for an ultrasound tomorrow but am terrified that it might show something sinister.

    If you have any ideas as to what this might be, I’d love to hear from you.

    Cheers, Chandelle.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Chandelle

      While the possibility of cancer does exist, it is unlikely that the growth of the lymph nodes would be so sudden without any other symptoms having been evident by now. Your age group as well makes it less likely, although it is important to note that previous HPV (human papilloma virus) infection may be a factor in cervical cancer. This could be related to an infection, like folliculitis, after shaving. Visible cuts would not be evident. However, there is always the concern of STD’s among younger sexually active women. While safe sex would reduce the chances of picking up an STI, it does not exclude it altogether. If you are seeing a gynecologist soon (hopefully that is where you are having the ultrasound) then there is no need to worry just yet. Rather let your gynecologist assess it and run further tests before jumping to any conclusions.

  • Sami

    Hi dear Dr. Chris my daughter just turn 3 and she has a lump in her groin area which her doctor said it is just a swollen lymph nod about 1 cm and not to worry. But how I know it is not related something serious? I am worried so much why she didn’t run som tests on her?!

  • Laura

    I had a horrible sore throat and fever and my doctor called me in Penicillin assuming it was strep. After 2 days my sore throat went away. Then my lymph nodes got very swollen and painful all over my body. My lymph nodes have been inflamed and painful the whole ten days on penicillin. I am on my 2nd day now off of penicillin and my lymph nodes seem to be a lot better. It was so painful even by my ears due to the lymph nodes behind and in front. I am hopeful the penicillin was the cause of this. My question is what are the chances it was due to the medication? And if so, why does penicillin affect the lymph nodes and how? Thank you.

  • bj

    Can swollen groin lymph nodes be black and blue?

    • Unlikely. It may be a skin lesion or even a hematoma (bleeding under the skin). In the groin region there is always the concern about sexually transmitted diseases. Pubic lice may also cause these tiny bluish spots on the skin.

      • bj

        No lice, just a bruise on the upper thigh fold with a little bump in it. Doesn’t itch.

        • Many possibilities. Could be a lymph node. Best to get it checked out by a doctor. It is difficult to say with any certainty through an online platform.

  • Karen

    I have diabetes. My feet and legs turned red. The pain increased 10 fold, my legs and feet
    swelled up to be unrecognizable. I couldn’t stand shoes or stand, sit, lay for long, I had blisters on my legs that were weeping and was so weak. They thought blood clot. It was a groin lymph node that is painless to me, it’s full of bacteria. IT required hospitalization for several days and strong antibiotics. I am now home on very strong antibiotics, Sulfa and Cirpo. I am still weak and feel sickish but my legs are normal now and I can feel my feet and legs again. The lymph nodes gave me neuropathy as well for months before the swelling started.

    • Hi Karen. It sounds like you had cellulitis and your lymph nodes in the area and on the affected leg will become enlarged.. Diabetics are more prone to such infections and it can be very dangerous if it is not treated promptly with antibiotics. Neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes as the elevated sugar levels irritates the nerves. Eventually the nerve damage is permanent. So it may not necessarily be the lymph node swelling that caused your neuropathy but the diabetes itself.

  • George

    I have had a bulge in my right inguinal groin area for 13 days now.Last Friday I had a hernia sonogram done and the results show two reactive lymph nodes of 1.1 cm and 1.2 cm.My stomach feels bloated,I have abdominal soreness,lower back pain on the same side as the bulge in my inguinal area.Yesterday I started with diarrhea and had a temperature of 100.8.Would reactive lymph nodes cause all of these symptoms?

    • Hi George. It’s unlikely that the reactive lymph nodes caused the diarrhea. Reactive lymph nodes are just a finding. It’s a symptom like diarrhea and a fever. The question is what is causing these signs and symptoms? It is very possible that all these symptoms are from the same causative condition. An infection is a likely cause. But the exact infection needs to be diagnosed by a doctor. A biopsy of the lymph node may also be necessary. Speak to your doctor about these symptoms.

      • George

        It has been one month since I started with a bulge in my right groin area.At first when I cough or bare down there would be a protrusion about the size of a dime.Now four weeks later when I cough or bare down the protrusion is about the size of a ping pong ball.I have an aching pain in my pelvic area,in the upper inner part of my thigh and in my abdomen right above the bulge.I went to my primary care physician on Monday and after examining the bulge and the protrusion she said that I have a hernia.She said that she don’t see how they missed the hernia when the sonogram was done and that I might have swollen lymph nodes below the hernia that is a reaction to the hernia.My doctor referred me to a general surgeon and I have an appointment to see the surgeon next Monday.

        • Hi George. Thank you for the update. Yes, the bulge did sound like an inguinal hernia. However, there is a possibility that the lymph node may not be related to the hernia and a biopsy of these nodes may still be necessary. Anyway, your surgeon will be able to advise you further on whether a biopsy is necessary or not.

  • Emily

    Hi Dr. Chris. I have a swollen lymph node in my groin area. It comes and goes maybe once to twice a year for about 12-15 years now. I don’t have any S.T.D’s, or any other problems that I know of and have had check ups. I have noticed that when they occur that it is usually when my body is trying to fight off some type of cold or mild sickness. Is this all that could be causing the recurring problem?

    • Hi Emily. An odd episode of swelling of the groin lymph node is not always due to an STD and may be nothing to worry about if it is not very large and resolves quickly. However, the fact that this is recurring with other symptoms is a cause for concern. You should definitely have it assessed at the time of the enlargement. But do not be too concerned just yet until you see your doctor. It has been occurring on and off for a long period of time. Let your doctor run the various tests that he/she may deem necessary to reach a diagnosis, if any.

  • Whitney

    Hi there, I have a swollen lymph node the size of a blueberry where my groin meets my privates. The first time it happened I thought it was an infected hair follicle that just hurt really bad. It took a month for all of the swelling to go away. It has returned two or three times now in a year. There is one part that does release a yellowish white puss but the rest is solid and hard and hurts. I’m 26 and am not sexually active. Any suggestions for what I should do?

    • Hi Whitney. The concern is whether you have ever been sexually active in the past as this could be a sign of an STD which may persist for months, years or even decades. It could be a condition like folliculitis or even an abscess just under the skin. It has to be physically examined by a doctor in order for it to be accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated. See your doctor ASAP. Do not try to treat or manage this condition on your own.

  • Heather Routt

    Dear Dr.Chris,
    I’am 31 year old with type I diabetes and Thyroid disease.I had a lump under my right arm pit and had to have a doctor drain it for me a few months ago leaving a scare that looks like a hole in my skin from it being so large. Now I have one in my groin area. That is extremely painful. It started small but has increased in size just in 3 days. I am sexually active but have been with my husband for the last 7 years. I have been tested for STD prior to having our daughter 5 years ago. I don’t know what could be causing the lumps to keep reoccurring since I’ve had diabetes since I was 14 and Thyroid disease for the last 3 years.I have noticed that my circulation has gotten worse in the last 2 years since I quit working because of back pain. My job caused me to have 4 herniated discs and a pinched nerve.I was jut wondering if there is something I can do to prevent this from constantly reoccurring or any suggestions on what I should ask my doctor? I’m a mom of 3 and go to college full time. Too many people depend on me to be bed ridden for days at a time.
    Thanks,
    Heather

    • Hi Heather. These lumps are most probably not swollen lymph nodes. People with long term and uncontrolled diabetes are prone to recurrent infections which may cause swollen lymph nodes but from what you report this is more likely to be boils. It may be arising from the infection of hair follicles on your body. Yes, your diabetes can increase the risk of this occurring. Your doctor should have informed you accordingly. The circulation problems that you are experiencing could also be associated with diabetes, or your thyroid problem. It may be a good idea to consult with an endocrinologist who can manage your case appropriately. By getting the diabetes and thyroid problem under control you may find that these recurrent symptoms will gradually resolve.

  • Anthony Smith

    Hi doctor , I am 21 and have a swollen lump in my left thigh that is always present unless on a anti biotic in which case it shrinks down and when squeezed puss will come out. It’s swells to the size of approx 2.5 inches wide by 1.5 inch long and is extremely painful. Do you know what could be the cause of this? Thanks

    • Hi Anthony. We wouldn’t like to guess through an online platform. As per our comment policy we’re not allowed to make any diagnosis. The fact that it shrinks with antibiotics points towards an infection. You may want to read up more on superficial bacterial infections like folliculitis although we’re not saying that this is the cause in your case. Hopefully you have been seeing a doctor, or preferably a dermatologist, for ongoing treatment.

  • Josh

    About 6 months ago my enguinal lymph nodes became swollen. This has never happened before. It started with just very small swelling of the glands at the insides of my thighs – both sides, and slowly the entire area has swollen up. It looks like a gained a ton of weight – only in that region. The swelling is symetrical and both sides. The swelling became quite significant, but no tenderness or related pain, The glands are soft and pliable. We did a CT scan (abdominal and lower areas) and a colonoscopy, the results were fine – no issues. We did several blood panels, which are all excellent. I have always had great blood work. About 6 weeks ago we did surgery to remove a couple lymphs and did a biopsy and a flow cytometry test. Again, no indications of cancer or anything that explains what is happening. The swelling is reactive but we do not know to what.
    About 10 days before the surgery to remove the lymphs for testing, the swelling began to subside. This has continued after the surgery until the swelling was almost gone. About a week ago, the swelling has again started back up and the area is again becoming quite noticably swollen.

    Also about 6 months ago I had a partial thyroidectomy to remove a non-cancerous growth on my thyroid. I do not require sythroid as I still have half my thyroid. (this condition started as we were investigating the thyroid issue). I do not believe there is a connection.

    I travel frequently to China, but my diet there is quite limited as I do not care for Chinese food, but it is varied from here. I was in China several weeks ago when the swelling began to subside, and there again (with a bad head cold and sinus infection) when the swelling began to recur.

    I am 60. There is NO change of an STD. My health is generally great with no issues like blood sugar, PSA, my lymphacite counts are within norm and have not noticably changed since any of this has been going on.
    My doctor is about out of ideas and thinks I should just wait and watch. I am not a wait and watch type person and need to move forward with this.
    I am looking for a course of action to further this investigation. Other helpful tests to perform. Should I be consulting with a Urologist, etc.? I never have health issues and do not feel that this is a non-event. What are the most logical, even aggressive courses of action from here to pursue?

    • Josh

      Any thoughts on this?

    • Hi Josh. For obvious reasons an STD would have been one of the first considerations but all is clear in that regard. Similarly we’d assume that you’ve had an HIV test and it is all clear. Yes, you should definitely be seeing the urologist at this point. Apart from these symptoms, regular checkups with an urologist is advisable at your age.

  • jessica

    Hi. I have really painful part on my groin area, in my left lower labia majorA and near in my vagina. Been suffering for 3 daya now, and the pain goes over the whole on my whole left labia majora its like a sausage now, i only feel pai on that part, no fever or anything. I take pain reliever.i used to wear heels due to my work and the pain starts o my foot then after a gew days ive got swollen lymph node on my groin area. Wat should i do? Thank you for the response

    • Hi Jessica. It is advisable that you consult with a gynecologist as soon as possible. Hopefully it has settled by now. It does require medical attention and may not be related to your foot problem. However, there is no way of knowing for sure. A gynecologist has to examine the area and possibly run further tests.

  • Aisha

    Hi Dr. Chris, I have a problem. The trouble is, right before my period this month, I was on anti-biotics for a lung infection. I got done with this (and maybe due to a weak immune system), first my right lymph node in my groin swelled up to the size of a pea, and after it shrank back to normal, my left one swelled up, also in my groin. Now the lymph nodes have disappeared, but during my period i developed a pimple on my vagina (outside on the right). It didn’t hurt at all thank God. However, I noticed that it was there for a few days and that was annoying me so I put some tea tree oil on it (like you do with facial pimples). Yesterday I noticed that another pimple showed up on the further right, towards the leg, of this one. Since last night, I’ve put warm compresses over it a few times. However, while it didn’t hurt before, it is hurting me now slightly & causing discomfort, maybe because Im constantly thinking about it. Also, I’m pretty sure whatever it is, started off from under my skin and not over it. When I press it, it hurts. It doesn’t burn when I pee. And the first pimple, has now become hard. I feel like it is a boil. Im concerned because I got another one on its right and the area around the two feels sore. I’m traveling and cannot see my doctor or anything for like a week. What do I do to make it go away and prevent it from spreading? Is it a boil? Also the area around these boils is hurting very slightly if i think about it. Also, I did LOADS of workout the other day, do you think that made it worse?

    • Hi Aisha. We cannot say for sure if these are boils and you really should see a doctor as soon as you can. If this is an infection then working out can make it worse so you should take it a bit slower until you are sure what the problem is. In the interim you may want to consider applying an antimicrobial ointment in the area until the exact cause can be diagnosed and treated accordingly.

  • Chris

    Hi I have a healthy 20 year old son who was diagnosed in er back in December with a ingual hernia now he has swollen lymph nodes in upper right pelvis they hurt bad and starting in that location he has a rash going from there to his side and on his back they look like red patches with tiny blisters possible shingles maybe. The rash stings and itch

    • Hi Chris. This definitely needs further investigation because an inguinal hernia would not usually present with red patches, blisters and swollen lymph nodes. Many of these symptoms sound like an infection. The inguinal hernia may be a separate condition. December was almost 6 months ago so rather look at the current symptoms as entirely different condition and let a doctor reassess him.

      • Chris

        Thank you very much

      • Chris

        Thanks for replying he has gotten insurance finally and sees a dr soon thank u

  • Bobby Wall

    Dr. Chris. I have a spot that is where my thigh meets my groin area, not in the i finial area, but closer to the bottom of my left butt cheek. Doesn’t cause me discomfort unless I really push on it and I discovered it through self examination. No fever, sweats, rashes or anything like that. Feels a bit swollen, almost a little spongy like. I feel something similar on the other side, but it is much smaller and there is no pain or tenderness. I know this area is loaded with lymphnodes, just curious if I should be worried or have it checked out?

    • Hi Bobby. This may not be something to worry about immediately. However, you should have it checked up if it persists for more than a few days, if it is increasing in size, starts oozing or becomes very painful and if you develop a fever. It’s good to cautious and inquire about these types of symptoms but don’t leave it unattended for too long. It may be a lymph node or it may not be. There is no way of saying for sure until a doctor examines it.

      • Bobby Wall

        Met with the Doc, he said its nothing to worry about. Said it is probably just a cyst. Said to keep an eye on it to see if it gets bigger or starts to cause discomfort. Other than that, he said don’t worry about it.

  • Bobby Wall

    Dr Chris, I recently found what feels like a smaller, spongy lymphnode in the area where my thigh meets my groin/bottom left butt cheek. It does not cause me discomfort unless I push on it and then it is just a bit tender. It does move when I press on it. I have a similar one on the other side that is much smaller and is not tender at all to the touch. No fever, rashes, chills or anything like that. A little diarrhea (somewhat loose stool) but nothing that can’t be chalked up to eating some fatty and fast foods the last few days. No weight loss or appetite issues either. Just curious to see if I should have it checked or not?

  • Asoka Jayasinghe

    Hello Dr.Chris,

    About a year ago, I felt a pain in my upper groin area, like a muscle was pulled. I felt around my groin and found two bulges, not very big but definitely concerning. I went to the doctor and eventually they discovered that it was a swollen lymph node. They gave me antibiotics and eventually the swelling and pain went away.

    Now in the past week, I have another swollen lymph node in the same area. Its painful but not terribly so. The doctor is doing blood work now but says I shouldn’t have anything to worry about since I don’t have other symptoms.

    My question is, is is odd that I have swollen lymph again in the same area? My doctor said that if it was something serious then last year my symptoms would have gotten worse, not better.

    I am just worried that this is happening again.

    Thanks for your help!

  • Asoka Jayasinghe

    Hello Dr.Chris,

    About a year ago, I felt a pain in my upper groin area, like a muscle was pulled. I felt around my groin and found two bulges, not very big but definitely concerning. I went to the doctor and eventually they discovered that it was a swollen lymph node. They gave me antibiotics and eventually the swelling and pain went away.

    Now in the past week, I have another swollen lymph node in the same area. Its painful but not terribly so. The doctor is doing blood work now but says I shouldn’t have anything to worry about since I don’t have other symptoms.

    My question is, is is odd that I have swollen lymph again in the same area? My doctor said that if it was something serious then last year my symptoms would have gotten worse, not better.

    I am just worried that this is happening again.

    Thanks for your help!

  • Brittany

    Hello,
    I have been experiencing an excruciating pain in my lower right pelvic and thigh area for five years. I have had an appendectomy and a cholysysectomy as a result. In addition, I have also had a pelvic laparascopy done a couple of weeks ago. None of the surgeries have eliminated my pain nor additional symptoms. The extreme pain is located in the lower right pelvic area extends down my right thigh into my lower right back is associated with fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea, loss of appetite, inability to concentrate because I also have had a swollen sore gland underneath the left side of my jaw. Its been going on for a month now and I can feel the soreness in my ear especially when I yawn it hurts a little. I am in so much pain and a whole slew of other things. I recently had a CT Scan which came back with free fluid in the pelvis along with a swollen inguinal lymph node. I am pretty sure this is what the cause is and many doctors in the past have not even mentioned this being a possibility because they just bounce me around between an obgyn and a GI doctor. I am so tired of living a life of pain and sickness. I honestly am so disappointed by the healthcare system for not coming up with a diagnosis after FIVE LONG YEARS…I also have had really bad boils or blisters on the outside of the vagina, my mom stated that they appeared as ingrown hair bumps but they were filled with sometimes puss and blood and were very sore and sometimes would open up if popped by accident. it would be hard to sit sometimes because they hurt…weird thing is that I dont get them anymore but I used to in the past like 2-3 years ago. I am in the process of getting a doctor to follow up to go over results and next steps regarding the ct scan results but I need some help to guide me through because I want the lymph nodes removed if that is what the problem is and I hate going through fifty million tests just to find out I wasted time and money with no answer and no diagnosis

    • Hi Brittany. Your case seems long and complicated and there is not much more we can shed on the matter. You have been attended to by several doctors, including specialists, and they would have checked for disc degeneration. HIV infection and diabetes and so on which are some of the conditions that could explain most of your symptoms. You should follow up with your doctor for further clarity on the matter.

  • bernadette bell

    Hello,
    I have 3 swollen lymph nodes, one on the left side by my public line and 2 on the right near my thigh. They are painful and move a little when touched. I also have pain in my buttocks and up the sides of my genital area. I am very concerned because I am not sick, so very odd for them to be swollen. I am just waiting until I get on my husband’s insurance, we signed up 2 days ago. Please any advice. It hurts to sit ugh

  • wa vinton

    Hi Dr.Chris,I have been having inflammation in my buttock and back for a little over two years now and at times results to weight loss, recently I have been experiencing swollen nodes in my buttock while the inflammation persist and like previously I also experience the inflammation in certain parts of my Hand like elbows and back of my hands and when these inflammation occurs that portion of the body builds up heat,I have sought the attention of medicals doctors but no known cause have been found.I have had HIV/AIDS test taken numerous times in the past due to this symptoms but all these test came back negative. What would possibly be the cause from your medical point of view.

  • Donna Ruhl

    The other day I found two painful lumps in my groin area.I pinched one and felt it pop. I tried to pop the other but nothing happened.Now it’s three times the size,It’s right on my panty line and painful as hell. Is this a boil or a lymph node? I was thinking ingrown hair. And I haven’t the foggiest idea where the lymph nodes are located.

  • Kristen

    Hi Dr. Chris, I’v got a swollen Lymph node on my Pelvis, i just noticed it today and it wasn’t there yesterday, please note that I started my menstruel cycle yesterday, do you think that has something to do with it?

    • Hi Kristen. A swollen lymph node is usually not linked to menstruation and if it resolved quickly then it may not be any reason for immediate concern. However, it is worth getting checked up. While many infections can cause a swollen lymph node in a region even without any other symptoms, the concern here is whether it could be a sexually transmitted infection (STI) given its location. Of course, as you can see from the article above there are many other possible causes.