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What is adenitis?

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.

What increases my risk for adenitis?

  • IV drug use
  • Contact sports
  • Animal bites or scratches
  • Infection in your mouth and throat
  • Recent surgery or hospital stay

How is adenitis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you to find the cause of your adenitis. A biopsy of the swollen node may be needed.

How is adenitis treated?

  • 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.

How can I manage my 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.

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

  • 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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