Lymphangitis (inflammation of the lymph tissue)
Skin | Allergy & Immunology | Lymphangitis (inflammation of the lymph tissue) (Disease)
Lymphangitis is an infection of the lymph vessels (channels). It is a common complication of certain bacterial infections
The lymph system is a network of lymph nodes, lymph ducts, lymph vessels, and organs that produces and moves a fluid called lymph from tissues to the bloodstream. Lymphangitis may be confused with a clot in a vein (thrombophlebitis).
Causes and Risk factors
Lymphangitis results, most often, from an acute streptococcal infection of the skin. Less often, it is caused by a staphylococcal infection. The infection causes the lymph vessels to become inflamed. Lymphangitis may be a sign that a skin infection is getting worse. It should raise concerns that bacteria may spread into the bloodstream, which can cause life-threatening problems.
Lymphangitis most often results from an acute streptococcal infection of the skin. Less often, it is caused by a staphylococcal infection. The infection causes the lymph vessels to become inflamed.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Lymphangitis may spread within hours. Treatment should begin promptly and may include: analgesics to control pain, antibiotics to treat any infection, anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation and swelling, warm moist compresses to reduce inflammation and pain. ...