Know the basics
What is lymphangitis?
Lymphangitis is inflammation (swelling) of lymphatic vessels. It is a common complication of bacterial infections. The lymphatic system is part of the immune system including organs, glands, ducts and vessels throughout the body. It creates and transporting fluid called lymph from the tissues into the blood vessels through.
Lymphangitis might be a sign that infection will quickly become serious. The disease can lead to septicemia and other infections dangerous to life.
How common is lymphangitis?
Lymphangitis is common. Many patients are diagnosed in people with weaker immune systems. You can limit your ability to disease by reducing the risk factors. Please consult your doctor for more information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of lymphangitis?
The symptoms lymphangitis: the red streaks near the wound toward the nearest lymph node. For example, if the arm infection, lymph nodes in the armpit are affected. If foot infection, lymph nodes in the groin are affected. These nodes will swell and pain when touched. Fatigue, tingling in the wound, loss of appetite, headache, muscle pain, cold person and fever may also occur.
There may be other symptoms and signs are not mentioned. If you have any questions about these signs, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have signs and symptoms mentioned above, or have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor. Status and condition can vary in many people. Always discuss with your doctor to be appointed diagnostic methods, treatment and the best treatment for you.
Know the causes
What causes lymphangitis?
Lymphangitis is usually the result of an acute infection of the skin caused by streptococcus. The disease can also be caused by a staph infection, but more rare. The infection causes inflammation of the lymph nodes.
Lymphangitis could be a sign that a skin infection is getting worse. The bacteria may spread into the blood stream and cause life-threatening problems.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for lymphangitis?
These factors may increase the risk of lymphangitis:
- After cancer treatment;
- Skip the dose or stop taking the antibiotics until all the medication;
- Ignoring the wound if the wound looks infected.
There are no risk factors does not mean you cannot get sick. These signs are for reference only. You should consult a specialist doctor for more details.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.
How is lymphangitis diagnosed?
Lymphangitis need to be treated quickly. Treatment includes antibiotics and capacity painkillers. For people with serious symptoms (fever, cold people, myalgia) may need to be injected directly into antibiotics blood vessels. Hot and humid towel packs or heat pads applied to the wound several times a day helps reduce swelling and anti-inflammatory drugs. The affected area should be set up and fixed, if possible. Only wound care (eg drying wounds if necessary) after starting antibiotics.
The infection by group A streptococcus bacteria need emergency treatment. The lymph node inflammation can become severe very quickly and can cause serious complications. These complications can threaten life.
How is lymphangitis treated?
Your doctor will diagnose based on medical history and health check, especially checking the lymph nodes. Your doctor will also require blood tests to find out what kind of bacteria and severity of the disease.
Lifestyle changes & home remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage lymphangitis?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with lymphangitis:
- Taking antibiotics until finished. Call your doctor if you constantly have a high fever after starting antibiotics.
- Use non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain, you should tell your doctor if the medication does not help reduce the pain.
- Drink more water and eat a balanced diet to heal diseases.
- Fixed and raise the affected area up.
- Use a moist hot towel over the affected area to reduce swelling and increase blood circulation.
- Healed quickly if you show signs of infection.
- Call your doctor if red streaks continue to appear near the wound and spread to the nearest lymph node after starting treatment.
If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Lymphangitis. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007296.htm. Accessed September 15, 2016.
Review Date: May 30, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017