What do I need to know about caring for someone with lymphadenopathy?

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You need to know that a person with lymphadenopathy, or swollen lymph nodes, may be fighting an infection. You can use over-the-counter medications like aspirin or ibuprofen to treat pain and discomfort and a warm compress to reduce swelling. You should know that if the lymph nodes turn red or get hard, it's time to call a doctor because they could be infected. Also, call a doctor if the swelling does not go down after two weeks, which might be a sign of an underlying, serious illness. Tender lymph nodes may indicate inflammation. If you're caring for a child, remember that most children get lymphadenopathy at some point. Each child is different in the types of medicine and treatments he or she will tolerate. And don't offer aspirin to a child; aspirin may cause a rare but dangerous condition known as Reye's syndrome in children.

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Viral Infections

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