Infected Lymph Nodes Treatment
Treatment for lymphadenitis depends on the underlying cause. Treatment also depends on the location and severity of the infection. Treatment often includes rest, warm compresses, elevation, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for lymphadenitis caused by a bacterial infection may include antibiotics and surgery to remove infected tissue.
Treatment options for lymphadenitis may include:
- Warm compresses
- Elevation of the affected area
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Antibiotic therapy for bacterial lymphadenitis
- Surgery for lymphadenitis:
- Needle aspiration for lymphadenitis:
- Removing infected fluid from the lymph gland with a needle
- Incision and drainage for lymphadenitis
Incision and drainage:
- 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.
Infected Lymph Nodes Specialist
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat lymphadenitis:
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