Treatment for lymphangitis depends on the underlying cause for the infection. Treatment often includes rest, warm compresses, antibiotics, elevation, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
Treatment options for lymphangitis 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 lymphangitis:
- Cephalexin (Keflex)
- Cefuroxime (Zinacef)
- Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
- Clindamycin (Cleocin)
- Trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole (TMP/SMZ, Bactrim, Septra)
- Surgery for lymphangitis:
Incision and drainage:
- The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
- A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the abscess.
- An incision is made with a scalpel.
- Pus is drained from the abscess.
- The cavity is flushed clean.
- In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the abscess cavity.
- The gauze or drain placed inside the cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat lymphangitis:
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