Hodgkin disease

  • Cancer of the lymph system that may affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include swelling of lymph nodes and weight loss
  • Cause unknown but may be associated with the Epstein-Barr virus
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age
  • May be mild and without symptoms in early stages to severe in later stages
  • Can be life threatening without early diagnosis and treatment

  • Avoid alcohol
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid others who are sick

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

 

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