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When can I go back to work with cellulitis

A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
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Have you: Been seen and treated? If your diagnosis is accurate you need to be treated with antibiotics. If the infection is better, no fever, no lymph nodes in ... Read More
Dr. Natraj Katta
Hospital-based practice 19 years experience
Rest: I would take antibiotics and give some rest till pain and swelling gets a little better.

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
No: Orbital cellulitis is an emergency situation with infection around and behind the eye which can rapidly destroy the vision and even can invade the bra... Read More
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Dr. G Funari
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Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
You : You need to find out the nature of your problem, and if truly cellulitis, get definitive treatment. There are several other possibilities, such as co... Read More
Dr. Antonio Cruz
Dermatology 15 years experience
If : If in fact it is a true facial cellulitis, you will need to be evaluated. This is a true infection of the skin/soft tissues of the face and you wil... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Wound care 36 years experience
Red,hot,swollen: If you had cellulitis one month ago, unless you reinfect yourself, it should not reappear. Sometimes, if you scratch yourself with dirty nails, or wi... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
7-10 days: Once effective antibiotics are started for cellulitis there is usually improvement in 2-3 days. It may take 7-10 days of treatment for it to complete... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Possibly: Depending on the cause of the cellulitis, it may return to the same area or a different area. Your doctor will concentrate on the cause as well as tre... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Brian Clear
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Better is good: Because ongoing drainage is important after an abscess is opened, the wound is not sutured closed so will take 3 - 6 weeks to heal depending on size, ... Read More
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Plastic Surgery 46 years experience
NonTX Cellulitis!: Seriously! You need treatment ASAP before the cellulitis becomes a very serious life threatening issue...
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Tough to tell.: Cellulitis is infection with staph or strep. It could be that you need a different antibiotic, or you have persistent nidus of infection. Go back to... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arnold Lentnek
Infectious Disease 53 years experience
Not uncommon to get lymphedema of a leg after a bout of cellulitis, especially if you’re overweight. May need to see a vein specialist for Dx, Rx

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