Swollen lymph nodes are a glandular problem caused by a bacteria that has built up in the lymph nodes. Allergies can make it easier to catch the flu, cold or ear infections. These infections can cause bacteria to build up in the body and the lymph nodes which causes pain and swelling. In order to cure this problem, the bacteria needs to get flushed out of the body. This will reduce the swelling and pain in the lymph nodes. It is important to understand the problem which helps in knowing how to treat the problem.
Lymph nodes are designed to protect your body from disease. Even if the virus is out of your body, sometimes an infection which causes bacteria to build up remains. The most common lymph nodes that swell and cause pain are located under the jaw, on the neck and behind the ear. Not only can this cause swelling in the face and neck area, but it is very painful. The important thing is to make sure these lymph nodes are draining. An easy way to help with that is to massage the lymph nodes or swollen area. This can be painful, but you will feel the lymph nodes draining as you massage the swollen area. Don’t put too much pressure on the area. Take two fingers and gently massage the swollen area slowly with circular motions. This condition can last up to four weeks so you may have to do this massage many times a day.
Raw honey not only tastes good, but is a natural cure for a sore throat and swollen lymph nodes. Honey has much nutritional value. If you have diabetes you may not be able to consume much honey. Even though it is a natural sweetener it can spike the blood sugar. If you are able to, take a tablespoon of honey each day until the infection goes away. You may wish to add a tablespoon of raw honey to your herbal tea. Be sure this is raw honey and not processed honey.
Herbal teas are a great way to soothe and heal the body. Your mouth and teeth may be very sensitive to hot and cold so it is best to drink the tea warm. You may add a little raw honey for extra nutrients. The best herbal teas to fight infected lymph nodes are chamomile, peppermint and green tea.
Garlic not only tastes good in food, but it is also very good for healing the body. There are antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties in garlic. This is what your body needs to fight this glandular infection. You may eat two to three garlic cloves each day until the infection is gone. Garlic is very potent so you may wish to put the garlic cloves in warm water and gargle it. Salt water works also, but it is much more painful. The salt burns the infection and infected area. If there are sores or puss pockets inside your mouth the salt will sting. Garlic water is just as effective and less painful. You may also wish to rub a garlic clove gently on the infected area. The garlic oil will help get rid of the sores or inflammed gums caused by the swollen lymph nodes.
The easiest and most important cure is bed rest. No matter what responsibilities you have, you must give your body time to rest. You will feel tired a lot so listen to your body. Even if you have trouble sleeping because of the pain, at least lay in bed doing nothing so you can get the strength you need to heal.