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Swollen Glands

Alternate Names : Lymph Node Enlargement, Lymphadenosis

Swollen Glands | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the treatments for the condition?

Treatment is directed at the cause, if the cause is known. Pain medications may be given if the swollen gland is painful. Treatment for an infection may include antibiotics or surgery. Treatment for autoimmune disorders may include anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, or medications to suppress the immune system, such as prednisone. If a medication is the cause, the medication may be stopped. Those with cancer may need surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.

What are the side effects of the treatments?

Side effects depend on the treatments used. Antibiotics may cause stomach upset, rash, or allergic reactions. Surgery poses a risk of infection, bleeding, and allergic reaction to the anesthesia. Chemotherapy can cause many side effects, including stomach upset, hair loss, and weakness.

What happens after treatment for the condition?

Those with a healed infection or cut may need no further treatment after recovery. Those with cancer, HIV, or autoimmune disorders may need prolonged treatment.

How is the condition monitored?

Affected persons can help monitor their swollen glands and watch for any new symptoms. If red streaks in the skin or severe pain occur, or if any other unusual symptoms develop, these should be reported to the healthcare provider. Other monitoring is done by the healthcare provider and depends on the cause. For example, those with HIV may need repeated blood tests to monitor their immune system. Any medications used may also need monitoring, often with blood tests.

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Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
Date Reviewed: 08/06/01

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