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Is Lymphangitis Painful
Infection likely: Lymphangitis is inflammation of the lymphatic channel in the affected part of the body.The lymph system s part f the immune system and includes lymph nodes that swell with infection. The main signs are redness, swelling, pain, and often a red streak up that channel, and may have swollen glands. It is often called "blood poisoning" and usually represents infection. ...Read more
Inflammation : Inguinal lymph nodes enlarge as a result of infection. Lymph nodes are channels that carry immune substances. They enlarge in the presence of infection. People with cellulitis or other types of infections of the lower extremities would also get this condition. If the infection is severe enough it can be bad. You need to be evaluated to determine the reason that you have enlarged lymph nodes. ...Read more
OK to work: Lymphangitis is not directly contagious to others unless there is weeping fluid through the skin over the infected area. So whether you go to work really depends on how you feel. If you have fever, chills, pain, or really feel bad, then don't go to work. Also, if the infection is in the lower part of your body (legs), then prolonged sitting or standing will make the swelling worse. ...Read more
Antibiotics: Lymphangitis usually presents as a red streak running up the inner aspect of the leg or arm. It may be associated with fever or malaise. Oral or intravenous antibiotics is the mainstay. If there is a nidus of infection, like an ulcer or abscess, this also needs to be addressed. Hot compresses and non-steroidal medications may also be helpful in relieving pain. ...Read more
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