Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Armpit Lymph Gland Infection Treatment

Treatment for axillary lymphadenitis includes warm compresses under the arm, arm elevation, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain, and antibiotics. In some cases, a needle aspiration, or an incision and drainage procedure may be required to clear up the infection.

General treatment for axillary lymphadenitis includes:

Medications for axillary lymphadenitis include:

Surgical options for axillary lymphadenitis include:

Incision and drainage of an abscessed axillary lymph node:
  • The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
  • A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the lymph gland.
  • An incision is made with a scalpel.
  • Pus is drained from the lymph gland.
  • The lymph gland cavity is flushed clean.
  • In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the lymph gland cavity.
  • The gauze or drain placed inside the cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.

Armpit Lymph Gland Infection Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat axillary lymphadenitis:

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Last Updated: Oct 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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