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I have a right occipital node swollen little over a week. It

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I have a right occipital node swollen for a little over a week. It is located at the base of my skull, just below the hairline. What could be the causes?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Eric Goldstein replied 1 year ago.
HI, I just read through your question.Lymph nodes typically respond to infection. Sometimes, even in the presence of a sub-clinical infection, or a mild infection with no other symptoms, a node can enlarge. As long as the node is movable and not painful, there is no need for concern. If at any point it becomes painful, this could be an indication that the node itself has become infected. In such a case, antibiotics are usually needed. Otherwise, observation is all that is necessary.