What is included in inpatient care for lymphangitis?

Updated: Dec 17, 2018
  • Author: Raymond D Pitetti, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Some patients with lymphangitis may require admission for intravenous (IV) antimicrobial therapy. Most authors recommend that children younger than 3 years or children who are febrile and who appear toxic initially be treated with IV antibiotics.

Children who have not improved clinically after 48 hours of appropriate oral antimicrobial therapy should receive IV antistaphylococcal and antistreptococcal therapy. When erythema, warmth, and edema are markedly reduced, oral antibiotics can be used.

Adults who are febrile and appear toxic should be initially treated with IV antibiotics.

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