How common is lymphadenopathy?

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Lymphadenopathy, or swollen lymph nodes, is a very common condition, especially among children. Your lymph nodes play a major role in your body's ability to fight infections and other illnesses. When they swell, it's usually a sign of an infection, but there can be other underlying causes. Some of these can be serious, such as HIV. Most children have swollen lymph nodes at some point, as they are exposed to various viruses throughout childhood.

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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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