Once the underlying illness has been treated, the glands should go back to their normal size. How swollen glands are treated depends on what's causing them.
To relieve the discomfort of swollen glands and the illnesses that cause them, the following home care methods may help:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve). Never give aspirin to a child because of the risk for Reye's syndrome.
- Apply a warm, wet washcloth to the area.
- Get enough rest so that your body can recover from the illness.
Call your doctor if your swollen glands are accompanied by:
- High fever (over 104F).
- Difficulty breathing.
- Difficulty swallowing.
- Night sweats.
- Weight loss.
- Skin overlying the swollen lymph node is red.
Also, call your doctor if the swollen lymph node's size becomes larger than 1 inch, the lymph node is very tender or hard, or doesn't go away after a month.
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Archived: March 20, 2014
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