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What can I do for lingering swelling in my lower leg after cellulitis treatment?

What can I do for lingering swelling in my lower leg after cellulitis treatment?

Ted hose: Wear compression stockings. But only after your doc has looked at your leg and doesn't think you still have a lingering cellulitis or anything else causing the swelling. Also if you have very bad circulation, you should wear the stockings only if your doc says it's ok. ...Read more

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Cellulitis (Definition)

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


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To see what we can do about the swelling in the foot and ankle after cellulitis? What works best to help swelling go away?

To see what we can do about the swelling in the foot and ankle after cellulitis? What works best to help swelling go away?

Elevation: can help. Assume that you were already placed on antibiotics. Acupuncture can also help to accelerate this process. Take care. ...Read more

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Should i wear compression stockings after having cellulitis on my leg?

Should i wear compression stockings after having cellulitis on my leg?

OK after resolution: Compression stocking is useful to help reduce edema (swelling) of the legs. However, if you have active cellulitis (infection of the skin), the pressure from compression stocking may cause further inflammation. Instead, during an active infection, i generally recommend leg elevation to reduce swelling. Once the infection is resolved, then you can resume using you're compression stocking. ...Read more

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Could having a blood test only two days after a cellulitis flare up cause my liver levels, as well as my alkaline phosphatase to go up?

Could having a blood test only two days after a cellulitis flare up cause my liver levels, as well as my alkaline phosphatase to go up?

Possibly: any infection, like a cellulitis can cause a systemic response leading to inflammation of other organs including your liver. Medications you are taking such as antibiotics, can also cause elevated liver enzymes and an elevated alk phosphatase level ...Read more

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Can there be a deformation after recovering from cellulitis?

Can there be a deformation after recovering from cellulitis?

Depends : On if u r cellulitis is associated with a wound or laceration. .if u have cellulitis without break in the skin, it should heal without any scarring. ...Read more

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Can there be some sort of deformation after recovering from cellulitis?

Could scar: scar tissue can form in the areas subject to abscesses and ulcerations - after they are healed.
of course, cellulitis leading to an amputation of fingers, toes, feet or their parts - all can lead to deformity. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis after kindergarten shots normal?

Can happen: If done properly the occurrence of an infection should be rare. Remember however that cellulitis refers to inflammation and does not have to have an infectious component at all. In your example this is more likely the case from the immune reaction developing to the injected substance. That reaction is mediated by cells and proteins that cause inflammation. ...Read more

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What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis after the parenteral treatment?

What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis after the parenteral treatment?

Can't answer: It all depends on where the cellulitis was, what caused it, what the cultures grew out, and what your medical history is. For example, sometimes cellulitis grows out the MRSA bacteria which requires a completely different treatment than a usual infection in a healthy person. Also, a cellulitis in the groin may require a different treatment than one in the neck. ...Read more

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Can i restart sulfa antibiotic for cellulitis after 72 hr lapse to be sure infection is 100% gone? Took for 5 days b4 & im ok. Wd 5 more day suffice?

Can i restart sulfa antibiotic for cellulitis after 72 hr lapse to be sure infection is 100% gone? Took for 5 days b4 & im ok. Wd 5 more day suffice?

Depends entirely: Upon location and severity of infection, and the sensitivity of the bacteria to the particular antibiotic. It would be impossible to tell in forum such as this. ...Read more

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Please tell me precautions after treatment for cellulitis at lower leg. I often have swelling at the lower leg ?

Please tell me precautions after treatment for cellulitis at lower leg. I often have swelling at the lower leg ?

Treat swelling: The key to long term success and prevention of future problems is to aggressively treat the leg swelling. Wound centers often use multilayer compression wraps to get swelling controlled and compression stockings to maintain it. You might also be a candidate for a home compression pump or even a venous ablation procedure . Ask your doctor about these treatments. ...Read more

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ER doc says my ankle has severe cellulitis- after IV drip of antibiotics I'm sent home with more antibiotics - is very swollen how long I'm better?

ER doc says my ankle has severe cellulitis- after IV drip of antibiotics I'm sent home with more antibiotics - is very swollen how long I'm better?

Depends: If you don't have any medical conditions that could slow down your recovery, you should start seeing improvement in the next 48 hours or so and complete improvement in about a week or so. You will need to complete your antibiotics course even if you have take them longer than a week. Follow up with your PCP in the next few days to make sure you're improving. ...Read more

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Toe has cellulitis after an infection. 3 different oral antibiotics no improvement. I have antibiotics for 2 days, very little if any improvement. Stay in hospital?

Toe has cellulitis after an infection. 3 different oral antibiotics no improvement. I have antibiotics for 2 days, very little if any improvement. Stay in hospital?

Have it evaluated.: Cellulitis of the toe may develop due to another underlying issues such as an ingrown toenail or a deeper bone infection. An MRI may shoe an underlying abscess or a deeper bone infection. Have it evaluated by an infectious disease doctor for proper antibiotic selection, but make sure that it is actually an infection, as other things could mimic an infection such as gout or charcot. ...Read more

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Cellulitis after getting vaccine? Why? Arm is red, swollen, warm to touch & painful.

Cellulitis after getting vaccine? Why? Arm is red, swollen, warm to touch & painful.

Probably not: Most likely represents a reaction to the vaccine. If concerned see your doctor. ...Read more

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What you suppose to do after subcutaneous gluteal cellulitis abscess drainage? On bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim).What to watch out for of side effects also? Thank you drs.

Wound care: Make sure the wound stays clean and moist, and if it was drained surgically, change the packing at least daily. Watch out for return if the red skin surrounding the area. Watch out for fevers. Make sure to follow up with the doctor that is treating you, or your primary care within a week or so. Sooner if you get worse. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My Dr Gave me Levaquin (levofloxacin) 750MG for Cellulitis. After i took it i've been running a Fever of 101.2 and having muscle and stomach aches. what can i do.

My Dr Gave me Levaquin (levofloxacin) 750MG for Cellulitis. After i took it i've been running a Fever of 101.2 and having muscle and stomach aches. what can i do.

Let your doc know: Your symptoms may be related to your initial infection versus the addition of an antibiotic and its side effects. Keep in mind that the antibiotic may or may not work for your infection. Your best resource remains the prescriber who saw your first and can decide best what to do next. Most offices now have phone coverage after hours due to regulations. ...Read more

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I was wondering how would preorbital cellulitis look after taking medicine does it pop like a pimple?

I was wondering how would preorbital cellulitis look after taking medicine does it pop like a pimple?

Cellulitis: doesn't pop like a pimple - but an abscess could. Please seek medical care if you have significant periorbital cellulitis. ...Read more

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How long until my leg is not tender anymore after a bout of cellulitis? Fine in every other way but still tender when press on it

How long until my leg is not tender anymore after a bout of cellulitis? Fine in every other way but still tender when press on it

Time will help: Legs are very slow to heal. Keep legs elevated as much as you can. Also walking to help circulation and support hose my help. Be patient it may take a while for the tenderness to resolve. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin manifest by redness, pain and swelling spreading in the skin. It is most commonly found on the lower extremity and is caused mostly by group a strep or staph. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis = inflammation of the skin often due to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Many Causes: 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. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Inflammation: Cellulitis is redness and inflammation of the skin. Often associated with infection. May need treated with antibiotics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is infection and inflammation (redness, tenderness, swelling) of the skin. When antibiotics are used, a bacterial skin infection goes away over a week, if the person is healthy and the bacteria are not resistant to the medication. Slow healing or persistent inflammation means a return visit to the doctor is needed, to see if there is another underlying condition for the infection. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

Cellulitis is severe: Cellulitis is an infection. If you are healthy, the infection usually will improve once treatment begins. However, if neglected it can be serious and can spread systemically.
Go see hour doctor or other health professional and get an antibiotic for the infection. ...Read more

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What causes cellulitis?

Bacteria: Infection inside the skin with swelling and heat which requires oral antibiotics for 10 days. Recurrences are possible .Treat any athletes foot infection to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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How does cellulitis start?

How does cellulitis start?

Any skin opening: Any skin opening from a bug bite to an injury or scratch can allow bacteria to penetrate into the skin and grow which is cellulitis. ...Read more

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How can cellulitis spread?

How can cellulitis spread?

Bloodstream: Bacteria can spread through the blood throughout the body potentially in rare cases becoming a serious whole body infection. ...Read more