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How long does it take for swollen glands to get better with antibiotics?

How long does it take for swollen glands to get better with antibiotics?

Better in few days: Swollen glands caused by infection start getting better after about 3 days on antibiotic as long as the right medication was chosen. Complete resolution may take weeks to months sometimes. Follow up with your doctor for a re-check if need be. Remember that some swollen glands are not from infections. ...Read more

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Hi I had swollen glands. I took all the antibiotics for it. I have noticed I have a creek or something in the right side of my neck?

Hi I had swollen glands. I took all the antibiotics for it. I have noticed I have a creek or something in the right side of my neck?

Lymphadenopathy: Swollen glands are not an indication for antibiotics absent a full assessment of the cause. If you have stiffness or pain in your neck go and get a doctor to examine you if you think it is severe enough, but diagnosing this over the internet without an exam and full history is not possible. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Also note my 18 yr old with swollen glands did antibiotics 6mtjs ago for the first swollen gland. He hasnt been sick and they are not painfu?

Also note my 18 yr old with swollen glands did antibiotics 6mtjs ago for the first swollen gland. He hasnt been sick and they are not painfu?

Growing?: Are they growing in size? If yes, he may need a biopsy. Are they growing in number, in spite of no infection? Then again, he would probably benefit from further evaluation, blood work, exam, and probably biopsy. I wouldn't guess, but rather get this checked out in person with his personal physician. ...Read more

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Do any one know how long it takes for swollen glands to stop harting with antibiotics? the pain is so bad and fever goes away it's at 99.4

Do any one know how long it takes for swollen glands to stop harting with antibiotics? the pain is so bad and fever goes away it's at 99.4

Depends: Depends upon many factors - size / location / infecting organism, etc. Definitely should not be getting worse after about the first 24/48 hours and slow but steady improvement after that. ...Read more

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My Dr said I have swollen glands and possible bladder infection he put me on antibiotics but I can't break my fever how long can take with infection?

My Dr said I have swollen glands and possible bladder infection he put me on antibiotics but I can't break my fever how long can take with infection?

Here are some ...: If indeed you've bacterial infection and the offending bugs are sensitive to the antibiotic used, your fever should be lysed within 2-3 days; if not, one has to consider misdiagnosis or develop abscess or bacterial resistance to antibiotic; so, give a clinical reassessment and adjust the context of care timely by Hx review + physicals including DRE + tests as needed such as US for prostate or... ...Read more

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After swollen glands is gone how long for an inflamed and red throat to go away without antibiotics?

After swollen glands is gone how long for an inflamed and red throat to go away without antibiotics?

Careful!: If you have strep throat, your symptoms will go away without antibiotics but you could get rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease if you don't take them. Get a throat culture to be sure! If you have strep, antibiotics help pretty fast and you'll feel better sooner, too. ...Read more

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I had swollen glands antibiotics stopped that. Have inflamed red throat. Please how long will this last for horrible feeling in the front of my throat?

I had swollen glands antibiotics stopped that. Have inflamed red throat. Please how long will this last for horrible feeling in the front of my throat?

Mononucleosis?: This sounds like something other than bacterial pharyngitis, and may well be infectious mono or similar viral infection. You should be evaluated for this. If your primary care doctor is unfamiliar with this a visit to an infectious diseases expert may be helpful. ...Read more

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After swollen glands is gone with antibiotics. How long for an inflamed red throat to go away.

After swollen glands is gone with antibiotics. How long for an inflamed red throat to go away.

ABX: take days to start working. A sore throat may take up to a week to resolve. Try salt water gargle/spit, honey, and lozenges until then. Best of luck! ...Read more

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