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(Lymph Node Infection; Lymph Gland Infection; Lymph Node Inflammation; Lymph Gland Inflammation)
|Swollen Lymph Nodes|
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- Having one of the causes of lymphadenitis
- Close contact with someone who has one of the causes of lymphadenitis
- Contact with animals, specifically cats, rats, or cows
- Swollen, painful, tender, or hard lymph nodes/glands
- The skin over a node is red and warm to the touch
Fever with the following symptoms:
- Loss of appetite
- Heavy perspiration
- Rapid pulse
- General weakness
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty breathing
- Neck stiffness
- Blood tests
- Blood culture
- Lymph node biopsy
- Antibiotics to control infection.
- Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce inflammation and swelling. Aspirin may be recommended for adults.
- Note: Aspirin is not recommended for children or teens with a current or recent viral infection. This is because of the risk of Reye's syndrome. Ask your doctor which other medications are safe for your child.
- Other treatments specific to the diagnosis.
- Seek prompt treatment of bacterial and viral infections. Contact your doctor at the first signs of infection.
Take steps to prevent getting an infection:
- Practice good hygiene practices, such as washing your hands regularly.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Eat a healthful diet that is low in saturated fat and rich in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 03/2016
- Update Date: 05/01/2014