Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

Lymphatic system is an important system in our body. It is related to the immune system and it protects us from various illnesses. Lymphatic system comprises of lymph nodes or lymph glands, lymphatic vessels and various lymphatic organs like spleen, the thymus gland and the bone marrow. The lymphatic system runs throughout our body. Hence, the lymph nodes are present throughout the body as well. Some of them are superficially located while others are deep. Usually, these lymph nodes cannot be seen or felt. However, if they get swollen or enlarged due to some reason, they can be felt or seen. This usually happens when there is an infection of a particular area in the body; the lymph nodes in that area get swollen in response to the infection.

Lymph nodes are located in mesentery also. Mesentery is a membrane in the abdomen that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall at the back. When these lymph nodes get swollen it is known as mesenteric lymphadenitis.

Home Remedies For Mesenteric Lymphadenitis

Though the mesenteric lymphadenitis usually gets better on its own accord, and does not require any treatment as such, there are a few home remedies that can be applied to ease the pain and discomfort resulting from the mesenteric lymphadenitis.

The most important factor to be considered here is taking ample rest. This disease is mostly seen in kids and teens. Both these groups of children are very high on energy and hence can find themselves in a tight spot when it comes to taking adequate rest. As it is, mesenteric lymphadenitis is associated with general fatigue and malaise.

  • There is a lot of tiredness seen in this disease. If in such cases, the affected teen or the kid exhausts all of his remaining energy; it becomes difficult for the body to recover quickly. Hence, taking plenty of rest is of prime importance and is the best home remedy.
  • The affected child should be drinking lots of fluids. Mesenteric lymphadenitis, if associated with other symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, can be responsible for severe fluid loss, in turn causing dehydration. Hence, drinking plenty of fluids can ensure that the required fluid balance is maintained.
  • The abdomen tends to be tender in mesenteric lymphadenitis. Also, there is a degree of pain in abdomen. Applying a warm compress can help in easing the discomfort caused by the pain and tenderness. This is a good home remedy.
  • There is no specific diet tailored for mesenteric lymphadenitis. However, a healthy and a balanced diet will be generally beneficial to the well-being of a person. Hence, a balanced, healthy diet is recommended, especially during an illness such as mesenteric lymphadenitis, so that it supports the body in recovery. Fiber is to be included in the diet, as it helps in aiding the digestive system. Care is to be taken to avoid spicy and oily foods, aerated and carbonated beverages, caffeinated drinks and alcohol. Eating timely is important too.

Mesenteric lymphadenitis is not a dangerous illness. It can be managed easily and does not require any intensive treatment as such. The treatment of the causative factor suffices to get rid of mesenteric lymphadenitis. However, prompt medical action is to be taken and certain factors listed above are to be taken care of, in order to gain speedy and complete recovery from mesenteric lymphadenitis.

Treatment of Mesenteric Lymphadenitis

Mesenteric lymphadenitis often does not need any treatment and usually goes away on its own. Medicines may be taken for symptomatic relief, like an anti-pyretic may help in reducing the fever, while an anti-inflammatory may help tackle the inflammation. If there is a bacterial infection, then antibiotics may be prescribed to get rid of that, as severe bacterial infection may become responsible for causing septicemia, which is fatal.

Other treatment options will largely depend upon the underlying cause of mesenteric lymphadenitis. Once the cause is treated, mesenteric lymphadenitis will ease down automatically.

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, MD,FFARCSI

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Last Modified On: October 30, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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