Oncology (General Cancer)/Groin lymph node

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I had an (infected, maybe?) ingrown hair.. I popped the little bubble that appeared and forgot about it.  About a month later I noticed a small (pea sized maybe a little bigger) lump in the same area (not the exact same spot) I figured I would wait a few weeks, but by then I noticed another lump maybe smaller next to it.  I went to urgent care and she said maybe a hair follicle, maybe this, maybe that, but finally decided it was a lymph node and prescribed me cephalexin (500 mg, twice daily).  I was still really nervous about it so I went to my OBGYN the next day, he said they felt like swollen lymph nodes but he didn't think they were anything bad.  He checked to see if I had any vaginal infection, I didn't.  He said to take the antibiotics, wait 2 weeks and if they are still there he would refer me to a surgeon for biopsy.  I have been bothered by this ever since and I can't stop worrying that i have cancer.  One lymph is gone, the other has gone down significantly but I can't still feel it.  I finished the antibiotic on Saturday morning so now I am just waiting.  I forgot to ask my dr what I should do/think if they have gone down.. But one is still there??  Could this be cancer of antibiotics helped the swelling but did not make the one go away completely??

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It was probably a lymph node inflammation maybe caused by an infected ingrown hair. It seems to have reversed mostly so it is very probably not a cancer. But your OB/GYN gave you an option if it did not go away completely. And that was to call again and then get a biopsy done. It is probably not necessary but if you do that and it is not showing anything bad there is no reason to worry anymore! Good luck!



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