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Doctor insights on: Skin Infection (Cellulitis)

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Dr. Austina Cho
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Right swollen foot that won't go down causing severe pain up leg up to the knee, for about six months now after cellitius skin infection, not pitting?

Right swollen foot that won't go down causing severe pain up leg up to the knee, for about six months now after cellitius skin infection, not pitting?

Non pitting edema: Many things can cause swelling of the extremities; trauma, infections, problems with veins, problems with the lymphatics system, heart issues, kidney disease to name a few. I would recommend evaluation by your physician. Elevation and compression stockings may be helpful to treat the swollen areas. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Lerner Dr. Lerner
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Treating Cellulitis (Checklist)

Keep the wound clean
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See your doctor for antibiotics
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Assess your environment for causes
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Wash your hands regularly
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I am just curious if skin rash and cellulitis are the same infection?

I am just curious if skin rash and cellulitis are the same infection?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. A rash usually involves skin. ...Read more

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Had cellulitis over a week ago was treated but skin is still tender on leg. All else good. Is the infection gone? I can't risk getting ill again

Had cellulitis over a week ago was treated but skin is still tender on leg. All else good. Is the infection gone? I can't risk getting ill again

Need to examine: There is insufficient information to provide a meaningful opinion. It would be prudent to consult your doctor who knows your history and could examine you. Two general issues; if you are overweight, try hard to lose weight; if you are diabetic, keep tight control of blood sugar. ...Read more

Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear infection
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Just finished keflex for cellulitis infection and responded well. Skin no longer hot or red but still a little swollen. Been 11 days, should I worry?

Just finished keflex for cellulitis infection and responded well. Skin no longer hot or red but still a little swollen.  Been 11 days, should I worry?

Not necessarily: It take some time for antibiotics to work and the inflammatory reaction to subside. If concerned see the doctor who gave you the antibiotics. ...Read more

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Could i confuse skin infection for herpes?

Could i confuse skin infection for herpes?

Yes: Herpes itself is usually a skin infection. There are many bacteria that can cause skin infection as there are viruses. Fungal infections are also skin infection. It is not always clear to a doc the specific type of organism causing infection. Herpes will often look different when infecting different body parts: fingers, mouth, genitals (different male vs female). ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing your skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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How do I know if my skin infection is healing?

How do I know if my skin infection is healing?

Thanks for asking!: The pain, the redness, the swelling, the warmth around it should all be improving. ...Read more

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What are signs I got skin infection from my makeup?

What are signs I got skin infection from my makeup?

Pus: Clogged hair follicles with acne like pus pimples would be sign of skin infection. Stop and discard makeup and see doctor fortress, ENT with topical or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
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Avoid the offending agent (s)
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Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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An animal bit me. What should I do to prevent skin infection?

An animal bit me. What should I do to prevent skin infection?

Wash well & see Dr.: After an animal bite, the area should be washed well to get the animal germs out. If the wound is large, deep, or painful, the staff at the emergency room can wash it out. Prescription antibiotics may be needed, as well as a tetanus booster. If bitten by a raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, bat, or any salivating/drooling strangely acting animal, rabies is a possibility (see a dr. Within a day or so). ...Read more

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Good day i have this skin infection it starts as a little flee bite and then itches like crazy and then it starts to grow and grow?

Good day i have this skin infection it starts as a little flee bite and then itches like crazy and then it starts to grow and grow?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor. Is it still growing? Could it have been a tick bite, if so, you should be tested for Lyme disease.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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If I have a MRSA skin infection, should I be tested to see if I am a carrier? Also, suggestions on cleaners to wash house down now that I know I have

Check out CDC: 1st the CDC (center for disease control) has a GREAT website resource for you. Look up CDC MRSA. You could be considered infectious. Soap on your body may reduce MRSA, you may use alcohol to spot kill MRSA on your body. Bleach will kill MRSA on floors etc. Hot water and soap should reduce or neutralize most MRSA on laundry. MRSA now occurs in our environment- no way to "remove" it. Be well. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrea Brand Dr. Brand
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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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How to cure skin infection as most of the time i used to rub the whole skin.Kindly suggest me?

If it is an: Infection, it could be fungal, viral, or bacterial. If it is inflammation, it could be allergic or irritation. Treatment really depends on maing correct diagnosis, so go see a skin doctor, dermatologist. ...Read more

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From net i read that keflex is not good for skin infection today. Is it true?

From net i read that keflex is not good for skin infection today. Is it true?

Absolutely not: Keflex has always been one of the mainstay antibiotics for skin infections, right next to penicillin. There are other choices available in case of allergy or resistance. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more


Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more