Can lymphadenopathy be life threatening?

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Lymphadenopathy can be life-threatening if your lymph nodes become infected and are not treated. If an abscess forms and is not drained or treated with antibiotics, it could damage a major organ in your body. An abscess is a small infected mass containing pus. Sepsis is another complication that could be life threatening. Sepsis occurs when an infection overtakes the bloodstream and causes organs to fail. Sepsis requires intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization.

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Viral Infections

Viral Infections

Viral infections like herpes simplex, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), chicken pox and rotavirus are infections caused by a virus instead of a bacterium. Viral infections do not respond to antibiotics, but some specific viruses ...

like influenza A and B can be treated with certain antiviral medications. Most commonly, treatment for viral infections includes drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, eating well and letting the illness run its course.
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