Is it a Kulani?
Let’s say you have a worse-than-normal cold and when you touch your neck or look under your arm, you notice some kind of bukol or lump. Since the lump wasn’t previously there before, you get worried as to why it is there now.
There’s a big chance that what you have is a swollen lymph node, which Filipinos refer to as kulani.
According to doctors, having a swollen lymph node or kulani is not a bad thing. In fact, they say that it’s a good indication that our body is doing its job in fighting off infection.
Common Causes of Kulani
The most common reason why someone develops kulani is that they have an existing infection. Usually, the site of the swollen lymph node gives the clue as to where the infection maybe. As you get better, the swollen lymph node will eventually go away. Within a few weeks, you can expect them to go away completely.
Other infections that can cause swollen lymph nodes are:
How to tell if the Bukol is a Kulani?
A kulani often feels “soft and tender,” and may even be a little painful when pressed. You can prod them with your fingers.
Although you have lymph nodes all over your body and you may not feel all of them, the most common locations where you can palpate them are:
- Behind the ears, just a bit under the jawline
- On the side of the breast or chest
- In the middle of the armpit
- On the back of the neck, hence you feel some “bukol sa leeg”
- In the groin area or “singit”
When to See a Doctor
In most cases, you do not need to see a doctor for a kulani, but you might need medical attention for the infection that causes it. Still, seek medical help if your swollen lymph nodes are:
- Bigger than 1 inch in diameter
- Covered by red and inflamed skin
- Growing rapidly, fixed, hard to touch, and are very painful
- Located close to the collarbone or the lower part of your neck – as this might point to cancer
- Draining; meaning they produce pus or other substances
And finally, seek medical help if along with your kulani, you are also experiencing symptoms like :