My 7 year old grandson woke up 24hrs ago with swelling of lymph nodes behind both ears extending from the hair line to his shoulders. It looked like his neck was twice its size. The nodes were soft and continuous. There was no discernible seperation of the nodes. They were painful to touch and he could not turn his head much to either side. He has no other symptoms. No fever, no upper respiratory signs. The swelling was at least 1and half to 2 inches wide the entire length noted. My son said he vigorously scrubbed the back of his neck with a wash cloth 2 days before this was noticed. He is a hockey player and also bit his tongue in a collision at practice 2 days before this was noticed. His pediatrician thinks it is most likely viral but sent him for blood work and put him on Augmentin. He has no lymph nodes under arms or in inguinal region.
Saw pediatrician yesterday as noted
Thank you for your question. This may be viral, but the tenderness of the lymph nodes indicate a bacterial infection, in which case, augmentin is the wrong choice of antibiotic. In this case, either bactrim or clindamycin would be the appropriate choice, as you will need to cover for strep and staph, and resistant staph (MRSA) which augmentin cannot do. I would contact your doctor and tell him this to suggest a change in antibiotics.If I have answred your question, please click ACCEPT and a BONUS would be greatly appreciated
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