It usually starts with a bacterial skin infection. When the lymph vessels start to carry fluids away from the infection, the bacteria can move into the lymph vessels and begin to multiply. The growth causes the infection.
Factors that may increase the chances of lymphangitis include:
Injury to the skin
Having a bacterial skin infection
Symptoms may include:
Redness or red streaks on the skin
Warmth at the site of the infection
Fever or chills
Fluids or pus leaking from the affected area
Malaise—general feeling of illness
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Diagnosis is often made on appearance alone.
Your bodily fluids and tissues may be tested to determine the exact type of bacteria causing the infection. This can be done with:
Lymphangitis. University of Maryland Medical Center website. Available at: http://umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/lymphangitis. Update May 19, 2013. Accessed March 13, 2018.
Lymphangitis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/dermatologic-disorders/bacterial-skin-infections/lymphangitis. Updated August 2017. Accessed March 13, 2018.
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