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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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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Swollen glands after 10 days antibiotics, normal?

Swollen glands after 10 days antibiotics, normal?

Yes, can be: Lymph nodes can be enlarged due to infection or other reasons. If it is due to infection, they will decrease in size although it may take 4 to 6 weeks. If they enlarge any further and get to a size of 2 cm or larger, they may be caused by some other causes than an infection. Then a node biopsy may be indicated to find out the cause. ...Read more

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I have swollen glands and she put me back on antibiotics this is my second time I am on the same antibiotics is that normal?

I have swollen glands and she put me back on antibiotics this is my second time I am on the same antibiotics is that normal?

Infection: Depending on your symptoms and response to the first course of antibiotics, if it was partial, a second course sometimes is warranted to eradicate an infection. If your symptoms persist or worsen, the treatment will need to be reassessed. ...Read more

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Swollen glands only on left side for over a month tried 3 different antibiotics just started clindamycin no other symptoms could this be serious?

Swollen glands only on left side for over a month tried 3 different antibiotics just started clindamycin no other symptoms could this be serious?

Lymphadenopathy: Swollen glands are not an indication for use of antibiotics without a specific diagnosis and you are likely to do yourself more harm than good by continuing to take these. You need to see a doctor who will clearly establish whether there is a medical problem or these swollen glands are simply the body's reaction to a prior illness. ...Read more

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How long after taking antibiotics should my swollen glands start to go down?

How long after taking antibiotics should my swollen glands start to go down?

Variable: If the lymph nodes are enlarged due to bacterial infection being treated with appropriate antibiotics the nodes may reduce in size fairly rapidly. If they are due to viral illness being treated inappropriately they may stay large for some time. There is also great variability person to person. Good luck, and hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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I had tonsillitis and was given antibiotics, I didn't finish them but no longer have white spots just swollen glands but no pain. Should I be worried?

I had tonsillitis and was given antibiotics, I didn't finish them but no longer have white spots just swollen glands but no pain. Should I be worried?

YES: FINISH THE ANTIBIOTICS. Your health care provider gave you the antibiotic to treat your problem. If you do not finish all the medicine, then that could cause a relapse, of the problem. ...Read more

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Strep throat, just started antibiotic. What can I do for the pain of swollen glands?

Strep throat, just started antibiotic. What can I do for the pain of swollen glands?

Cold liquids: In addition to gargling, OTC anti-inflammatories(like Ibuprofen) and rest, try cold easy-to-swallow liquids/foods. For example, ice cream/sorbet, popsicles, Jello and applesauce. Helped me when I had my tonsils out! ...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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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