Swollen Lymph Glands (cont.)
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How to Treat Swollen Lymph Nodes
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 any rapidly growing nodes at the time of examination because this helps establish a diagnosis.
Swollen Lymph Nodes Self-Care at Home
If a person has symptoms of a cold or other minor infection for which they may or may not take antibiotics, it takes about two weeks for the nodes to return to normal size. No specific treatment is needed.
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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/30/2017
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