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Is it appropriate to ice swollen lymph nodes to reduce swelling? Appeared after ankle surgery.

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Is it appropriate to ice swollen lymph nodes to reduce swelling? A biopsy has been done and is clear. They appeared after ankle surgury and have failed to go away after almost two years.
Posted Tue, 1 May 2012 in Infections
Follow-up: Is it appropriate to ice swollen lymph nodes to reduce swelling? Appeared after ankle surgery. 10 minutes later
Are you familiar with the "Barnes XXXXXXX temperature test" for checking thyriod function?
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 47 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

It is very unusual for the lymph nodes to remain swollen for almost two years. Lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes) is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Other causes include allergic reactions, arthritis, cancer, metabolic diseases and an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).

For swollen lymph nodes, usually warm compresses and not ice compresses are used. In some cases, the passage of time and the use of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers and warm compresses may be all you need to treat swollen lymph nodes but as a thumb rule, any swollen lymph nodes that don't go away or return to normal size over about a month should be checked by your doctor.

Secondly, barnes thermometer in the armpit for 10 minutes immediately upon waking. If the temperature is 97.8 °F (36.6 °C) or below, it is indicative of hypothyroidism. A reading over 98.2 °F (36.8 °C) is indicative of hyperthyroidism. But this test is not useful in medicine and is used in alternative medicine.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

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