KNOW YOUR BODY: CERVICAL NODES.
The cervical nodes - glands to you and me - are one of the six major groups of lymph nodes.
They're found along the lower border of the jaw, in front of and behind the ears and down the side of the neck. They drain the skin of the scalp, face, tissues of the nasal cavity and the throat.
The lymph nodes produce lymphocytes which help defend the body against bacteria and viruses. They also screen off harmful foreign particles and debris from the lymph before it's returned to the bloodstream.
Swollen lymph nodes are fairly common and generally result from an infection by bacteria or viruses which cause the common cold.
In rare instances, swollen nodes may indicate a more serious condition such as cancer or an immune disorder.
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