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Question: swollen lymph glands


 Image - Mon May 14, 2007 6:09 am

i have a 3 year old son who has been a little off over the past week, yesterday his father picked him up and he complained that it hurt. We took of his shirt to find a lump about the size of a golf ball near his armpit, i took him to the doctor a day later as it was sunday when we found it and i had looked on the internet and found there is something he could have gotten from a cat scratch as we have just about 8 weeks ago bought him a kitten, the doctor said that was probably what caused it and has him on E-MYCIN 400 i managed to get his first dose into him but now he refuses to drink it, can i mix it with flavoured milk or juice? and do you think her diagnosis would be correct i am still freaking out over this big lump in my baby.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon May 14, 2007 12:58 pm

User avatar The diagnosis sounds consistent with Cat-scratch disease. Usually cat-scratch disease does not need treated with antibiotics as it will resolve on its own. For cases with severe symptoms, treatment can help shorten the course.

Erythromycin is the drug of choice but there are other alternatives if your son cannot tolerate it. Regarding mixing the medicine, there are several different forms of erythromycin, some can be mixed and some cannot. I would advise you to contact your pharmacist to get instructions for your particular prescription.

Best wishes.

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