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Adenitis is a condition that causes your lymph nodes to become swollen and tender You may also have a fever. Adenitis is a sign of infection usually caused by bacteria.



You may need any of the following:

  • Antibiotics will treat your bacterial infection.
  • NSAIDs or acetaminophen will help decrease pain, swelling, and fever. These medicines are available without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him of her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider within 2 days:

You may be referred to a dentist or need more tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Manage your symptoms:

  • Apply moist heat on your swollen lymph nodes for 20 to 30 minutes every 2 hours or as directed. Heat helps decrease pain and swelling. You can make a moist heat pack by soaking a small towel in hot water. Let it cool until you can hold it with your bare hands. Then wring out the excess water. Place the towel in a plastic bag, and wrap the bag with a dry towel around the bag. Place the pack over your swollen lymph nodes.
  • Elevate your head and upper back. Keep your head and upper back elevated when you rest, such as in a recliner. Place extra pillows under your head and neck when you sleep in bed. Elevation helps decrease swelling.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • Your symptoms do not improve after 10 days of treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have new or worsening redness or swelling.
  • You develop a large, soft bump that may leak pus.
  • You have difficulty breathing or swallowing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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