Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lymphangitis Treatment

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:


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.

Lymphangitis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat lymphangitis:

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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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