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A 32-year-old female asked:

I just got over cellulitis and now my ankle and foot swelled but are not red and don't hurt. the cellulitis was in my leg, from knee to ankle. help!

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Frank Armstrong
Dermatology 25 years experience
Compression: Rest, elevate leg and compression hose help with swelling. Make sure you have been evaluated for a blood clot if swelling persists. That is life threatening make sure you have follow up w primary care soon.
Dr. Scott Koppel
Podiatry 29 years experience
Elevate your leg: Swelling may persist for an extended period if the cellulitis was severe. Add an ace wrap as well.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
Lymphedema: Swelling is a sign of not having good lymph drainage - it is a indication you have interference field. Usual cause is a previous scar or trauma in midline (if female episiotomy, csection). You improve lymphatics need lymph massage, mud packing of scars, complex de-congestive therapy with 4 layer wrap.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 37 years experience
What's the cause: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender) . It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong.
Last updated Dec 1, 2017

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