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Severely itchy ankle. Had cellulitis 5 months ago. No visible cause of the itching?

Itchy ankle: Sounds like a nerve was affected with your cellulitis. if it is a combination of itch and burn, then may be the cellulitis may have been a herpes zoster of the lower leg. unusual but can happen. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin characterized by erythema (red), Edema(swelling), warmth, and tenderness. It usually spreads with visually indistinct borders that involve the ...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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Cellulitis in ankle/calf. ER visit had IV antibiotics and pills, swelling went down but redness has worsened and moved completely to top of foot?

Cellulitis in ankle/calf. ER visit  had IV antibiotics and pills, swelling went down but redness has worsened and moved completely to top of foot?

You may want: To revisit the ER, it sounds as if the foci of the infection is in the foot and you may have an abcess that needs to be drained. I would ask them if that is possible to bring it to their attention. The cellulitis had to start somewhere, perhaps between your toes secondary to a fungal infection but I would go back. ...Read more

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Cellulitis in my ankle, treated with fluocloxacillin 500 mg 4 a day from 10 days ago. It responded, but slight pain if touch, uncomfy if walk on heels?

Cellulitis in my ankle, treated with fluocloxacillin 500 mg 4 a day from 10 days ago. It responded, but slight pain if touch, uncomfy if walk on heels?

Cellulitis: If the area is still painful to walk on your heel - I am assuming this is a splinting mechanism ? - then you should see your treating physician . ...Read more

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I have cellulitis in my left inner ankle and the blister accidentally popped what should I do ?

See a doctor: Cellulitis should be treated with an antibiotic and you should be examined to ensure that it has not extended beyond the skin to other areas. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis affect the healing of an ankle i fractured 14 days ago.It was only put in a full caste yesterday after 7 days flucloxacillin ?

Can cellulitis affect the healing of an ankle i fractured 14 days ago.It was only put in a full caste yesterday after 7 days  flucloxacillin ?

Not the cellulitis: The cellulitis itself will not delay the healing of your ankle fracture. However, there are many other conditions that will delay healing including diabetes, protein-calorie malnutrition, vitamin d deficiency, etc. The cellulitis will unlikely extend deeper to the fracture site that would lead to an infected nonunion. That would be extremely uncommon. ...Read more

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