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Dr. Mark Rettenmaier
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Lymphangitis (Overview)

Lymphangitis is an infection and inflammation of the lymph channels of the body. Lymphatic channels carry fluid and white blood cells of the immune system. An infection of these channels can cause pain and redness along the affected channels, swollen lymph nodes, and fever.


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Should I still go to work if I have lymphangitis?

Should I still go to work if I have lymphangitis?

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

Dr. Mark Rettenmaier
60 doctors shared insights

Lymphangitis (Overview)

Lymphangitis is an infection and inflammation of the lymph channels of the body. Lymphatic channels carry fluid and white blood cells of the immune system. An infection of these channels can cause pain and redness along the affected channels, swollen lymph nodes, and fever.


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What are the symptoms of sclerosing lymphangitis?

Swelling/pain/inflam: Sclerosing lymphangitis is a process in which the lymphatic channels become scared and the surrounding tissues inflammed. This most commonly affects the extremities which can become painful and swollen. Use of compression garments and early use of antibiotics when infection occurs are the keys to controlling this problem. ...Read more

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Lymphangitis is an infection of the lymph channels. What is a major sign of lymphangitis?

Lymphangitis is an infection of the lymph channels. What is a major sign of lymphangitis?

Red streaks: Lymphangitis causes red lines to spread up the involved arm or leg starting distally and progressing proximally. Regional lymph nodes are usually enlarged and tender. Fever is usually present. ...Read more

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How serious is the diagnosis of lymphangitis?

How serious is the diagnosis of  lymphangitis?

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

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Anybody know if inguinal lymphangitis is bad?

Anybody know if inguinal lymphangitis is bad?

Can be. : 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

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I have been told I have lymphangitis. Is this something treatable at home?

No.: Lymphangitis is an acute inflammation and/or infection of the lymph glands. Lymphatic vessels drain all areas of the body and if there is an infection present, it will drain to local lymph nodes via lymphatic vessels. But lymphangiitis usually means a serious infection where the vessels themselves are spreading infection and could become sepsis (blood-borne). Needs antibiotic. See your doc. ...Read more

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What is sclerosing lymphangitis & how is it treated?

Scarring of lymph : Sclerosis is scaring/ narrowing lymph channels are numerous lymphangitis is inflammation there are areas of the body susceptible to this! if in the penis- one should see a urologist. ...Read more