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Dr. Mark Rettenmaier
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Lymphangitis (Overview)

Lymphangitis = bacterial infection of lymphatic vessels.


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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
65 Doctors shared insights

Lymphangitis (Overview)

Lymphangitis = bacterial infection of lymphatic vessels.


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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

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I was wondering what are some treatment options for acute lympangitis?

I was wondering what are some treatment options for acute lympangitis?

Oral antibiotics: This would be treated with either oral or intravenous antibiotics depending on the severity. ...Read more

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What is cure for lymphangitis?

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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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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What is lymphangitis?

What is lymphangitis?

Vague term: A vague term indicating infection in the lymphatic system that is draining a certain area. For example, red streaks going up leg if has an infection in the skin (cellulitis). ...Read more

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Is lymphangitis painful?

Lymphangiitis: Quite often, lymphangiitis is painful. If the underlying cause is infectious in nature, then pain, swelling, redness become part of the process. ...Read more

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Can you explain lymphangitis?

Can you explain lymphangitis?

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

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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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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

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What is cure for lymphangitis?

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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Is there a cure for lymphangitis?

Depends: On cause. If due to infection proper medication can cure the problem. ...Read more

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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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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

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What is sclerosing lymphangitis? How can it be treated?

See: See your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. It's a inflammation of the lymph vessels. ...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