LYMPHANGITIS

Description

It is an inflammation of the lymphatic system

Symptoms

  • Fever and chills
  • Enlarged and tender lymph nodes
  • Malaise
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle aches
  • Red streaks from the infected area to the armpit or groin
  • Throbbing pain along the affected area

Causes

  • Bacteria or viruses
  • Acute streptococcal infection
  • Staphylococcal infection
  • Already worsened skin infection
  • Sepsis

Risk Factors

  • Diabetes
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Chronic steroid use
  • Chicken pox
  • Cat or dog bite
  • Wound made in fresh water
  • Gardeners
  • Farmers

Diagnostic Tests

  • Physical examination
  • Biopsy
  • Blood tests

Treatment

  • Antibiotics:
  • Dicloxacillin
  • Cephlalexin (Keflex)
  • Nafcillin
  • Augmentin
  • Oxacillin
  • For mild pain releif ( acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Surgery
  • Intravenous antimicrobial therapy
  • Hot compress

Lifestyle Management

  • Immediate treatment
  • Taking warm shower helps relieve pain
  • Keeping the infected area elevated reduces swelling and slows spread of infection