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I took 7 days of antibiotic for cellulitis in my finger 2 weeks ago. it is still swollen, purple and puss is now coming out. what now?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
See your doc: I recommend going to see a doctor to make sure the infection isn't worsening.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
It sounds like the bacteria being treated did not respond to that antibiotic, or there is something else going on with your finger (gout, etc). See your physician promptly.
Jan 22, 2012
Dr. Lourdes margarita Landron-garcia
Family Medicine 9 years experience
If you have there a foreign body or fungus,the treatment will be differently.Check with your Dr.
Jan 22, 2012
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Infection: Could also be something known as a "felon." felons are closed-space infections of the fingertip pulp.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See MD again: Go back and see your doctor again. It's not cured. Get a culture done. You might need a different antibiotic. You might need an x-ray to evaluate for bone infection/osteomyelitis.

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