@StarJo – The ones along my jaw bone a few inches in front of my ear always swell when I have a virus or cold. They also swelled up when I had strep throat.
I felt like everything in the whole area was swollen then. My throat was the most completely swollen part, and I could hardly swallow.
I definitely felt soreness and swelling at the top of my neck where it meets my jaw, though. I had a fever, and I was severely ill.
I had to get antibiotics to treat this infection. If I hadn't, then it might have turned into a life-threatening illness.