Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Swollen Lymph Glands (generalized) Home Care

Home care measures for lymph gland swelling include:

Swollen Lymph Glands (generalized) Pain and Fever Adults

Medications commonly used to control pain and fever in adults with lymph gland swelling include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Swollen Lymph Glands (generalized) Pain and Fever Children

Common medications used at home for pain and fever in children with lymph gland swelling include:

Aspirin and most of the other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are not used in children except under a doctor's care.

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.



Swollen Lymph Glands (generalized) Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have lymph gland swelling and any of the following:

  • Worsening rash:
    • Red streaks spreading in the skin
  • Worsening lymph gland swelling
  • Worsening redness and pain over a lymph gland
  • A lymph gland that becomes swollen, painful, and tender to touch
  • Pus draining from a lymph gland
  • Fever over 102 degrees F (38.8 C)
  • Lack of improvement after 3 days of treatment

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Last Updated: Mar 10, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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