Can you prevent swollen lymph nodes?

You wouldn’t want to prevent swollen lymph nodes. They’re a sign that your body is fighting an infection or illness. If you hate the discomfort of having swollen lymph nodes, your best bet is to take extra steps to keep from catching common viruses through:

  • Proper handwashing.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes and nose.
  • Staying away from those who are sick.
  • Disinfecting surfaces in your home or workspace.
  • Getting enough sleep, eating healthy and exercising.

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