Lymphangitis may spread within hours. Treatment should begin promptly.
Treatment may include:
Surgery may be needed to drain an abscess.
Prompt treatment with antibiotics usually leads to a complete recovery. However, it may take weeks, or even months, for swelling to disappear. The amount of time it takes to recover depends on the cause.
Call your health care provider or go to the emergency room if you have symptoms of lymphangitis.
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