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Doctor insights on: Antibiotics For Lymph Nodes

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Swollen cheek jaw Pain, ear sensitve started overnite,treated antibiotics thinking lymph nodes swelling,but no use.seen dentist,xrays teeth fine ,help?

Swollen cheek jaw Pain, ear sensitve started overnite,treated antibiotics thinking lymph nodes swelling,but no use.seen dentist,xrays teeth fine ,help?

Investigation: See Endodontist for 2nd opinion to rule out most probable cause, tooth infection. See PCP or ENT to rule out ear/throat infection. See Periodontist to evaluate for gum infection. If you have a tooth infection it may take 24-48 hours for antibiotic to begin controlling spread of infection. If tooth infected, the tooth will require Rx or infection will return after pills discontinued. ...Read more

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Would antibiotics shrink cancerous lymph nodes?

Would antibiotics shrink cancerous lymph nodes?

Likely not: Cancerous lymph nodes are enlarged because of presence of cancer cells and not infection. ...Read more

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When taking antibiotics for swollen lymph nodes, is it normal to feel a little sore and tender where the node was?

Yes: The swelling of the lymph node stretches itts surrounding capsule. This stretch can cause pain in that node. Once the swelling goes down, there may be some residual soreness, but it should quickly resolve. ...Read more

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Have cellulitis, third day on antibiotics. Now my lymph nodes have gotten swollen. Does this mean infection is worsening or getting better?

Antibiotics: may need to be adjusted or changed. Do you have an increased temperature or chills? Is the cellulitis still present? Do you feel nausea or fatigued? I recommend getting seen by the Provider who prescribed the antibiotics and making sure they are correct. Drink lots of fluids and feel better soon! ...Read more

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Had celluliltis finished my antibiotics but my lymph nodes are still swollen should i be concerned cellullitis in my lip?

Had celluliltis finished my antibiotics but my lymph nodes are still swollen should i be concerned cellullitis in my lip?

May take a while: If your skin lesions have resolved, don't worry. It may take some time for the lymph nodes to get back to normal. They're enlarged because they were doing their job. I'm more concerned about your diabetes. I don't understand why docs use only insulin. Insulin is a necessary toxin--but there are a number of other drugs you can take that will enable you to reduce your insulin. See comments. ...Read more

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Swollen lymph nodes due to infection will antibiotic get the lymph nodes to go down?'

Swollen lymph nodes due to infection will antibiotic get the lymph nodes to go down?'

Yes, with correct: antibiotic. If the antibiotic is effective against the organism causing the lymph node infection, the swelling of the nodes will subside. ...Read more

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Can antibiotics cause a swollen lymph node?

No: Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by many things- i.e. Infection, inflammation, cancer, trauma etc- not antibiotics. As a matter of fact-many times, we actually give a trial of antibiotic to treat lymph node enlargement. ...Read more

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Day 3 of oretnizone and antibiotic for swollen gland/lymph nodes on left side only how many days should it take to pass

Could be a while: Lymphadenopathy (enlarged lymph nodes) can remain for days and even weeks, etc. even after the infection resolves. Warm compresses can help "open the pores" and may promote resolution. ...Read more

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Have an abscess tooth, on day 3 of antibiotic and yesterday my lymph node started to hurt on that side really bad but gums seem to be doing better. ?

See yr dentist ASAP: The most common cause for toothache are inflammations and not infections. Antibiotics are rarely required and should only be used as an adjunct to dental treatment for infection since they may complicate further outcome. Take the NSAID OTC or Tylenol (acetaminophen) to control pain and see your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for antibiotics to work on swollen lymph nodes?

How long is it supposed to it take for antibiotics to work on swollen lymph nodes?

Depends: If the swollen lymph nodes are from a bacterial infection, then you should notice an improvement in 2-3 days. If they are from a viral infection, antibiotics won't help. And if they are due to another cause and not an infection, antibiotics won't help either. ...Read more

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What antibiotic is good for swollen lymph node behind ear?

What antibiotic is good for swollen lymph node behind ear?

Which germ?: The antibiotic chosen to fight the infection inside a swollen lymph node depends on the bacteria in the lymph node. If it is not a bacteria, then our typical antibiotics are not used. The question now is, "What bacteria is in the node, if any?" One's primary care doctor can help figure that out. It may depend on what other infected areas are around the head and neck. ...Read more

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Took antibiotic for 10 days. Swollen lymph node under jaw on the R on day 9 and day 10 have another swollen lymph node in front of L ear. help?

Lymph nodes: The enlarged lymph nodes may be part of a viral infection for which antibiotics are ineffective. Give the glands a little more time to recede, but if they don't and new enlarged lymph nodes continue to appear, blood tests and possible biopsy are needed. ...Read more

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I am taking antibiotics for an enlarged lymph node in my armpit. I'm about 36 hours into them. When will it become less tender?

I am taking antibiotics for an enlarged lymph node in my armpit. I'm about 36 hours into them. When will it become less tender?

Lymphadenitis weeks: Many times it takes up to three weeks! The cause in some people is viral so antibiotics are not always the solution! Mycobacterial, Viral, Chlamydial, Treponemal, and Fungal are the main causes! Many times a biopsy and culture are required! ...Read more