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Swollen Lymph Glands (cont.)

Swollen Lymph Nodes Treatment

A lymph node that is rapidly growing over one to two days has a different cause and treatment than generalized swelling of lymph nodes that occurs over a few months. Tell a doctor about the rapidly growing nodes at the time of examination because this helps to establish a diagnosis.

  • Standard treatment for swollen lymph nodes may include pain relievers and medicine to lower a fever, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Warm compresses and elevation may help reduce and resolve swelling.
  • If the cause of the swelling is infection, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics or antiviral medications.
  • If there is a localized abscess, it may need to be drained by cutting open the skin and then filling the opening with packing.
  • For swelling due to malignancy, the treatment may involve surgery, radiation, or chemotherapy.
  • If a person has an immune disorder, he/she may be prescribed medication to help with the disease.

Swollen Lymph Nodes Prognosis

In the majority of cases, swollen lymph nodes resolve with no other concerns.

However, in cases of serious systemic infections, patients with compromised immune systems, and patients with cancers, lymph node swelling may be chronic and may never resolve.

REFERENCE: MedscapeReference.com. Lymph Node Disorders.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/15/2013

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