If your swollen lymph nodes are tender or painful, you might get some relief by doing the following:
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- Apply warmth. Apply a warm, wet compress, such as a washcloth dipped in hot water and wrung out, to the affected area.
- Take pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), may help alleviate pain and fever. Don't give your child aspirin without consulting your doctor because of its link to Reye's syndrome in children. Reye's syndrome is a rare but serious illness that can affect the blood, liver and brain of a child or teenager recovering from a viral infection.
- Get adequate rest. You often need rest to aid your recovery from the underlying condition.
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