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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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Are there any over-the-counter medications that are effective at treating cellulitis?

Are there any over-the-counter medications that are effective at treating cellulitis?

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. ...Read more

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Is Ceftin (cefuroxime) going to be effective for treating Cellulitis or any other antib which will work better!!!

Is Ceftin (cefuroxime) going to be effective for treating Cellulitis or any other antib which will work better!!!

Likely: Ceftin (cefuroxime) can work fairly well for simple skin infections however there are other antibiotics that may be needed for complicated skin infections. ...Read more

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What is the most effective antibiotic to be taken in case of asmall patch of cellulitis (about 2cm). In face developed after a mosquito bite??

What is the most effective antibiotic to be taken in case of asmall patch of cellulitis (about 2cm). In face developed after a mosquito bite??

Depends: Your doctor will be aware of the type of bacteria and the antibiotics best to use in your community. The bacteria that cause cellulitis are most often strep or staph. In some communities staph is resistant to some antibiotics and this often reflects the choice of medication. ...Read more

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How long do antibiotics take to heal orbital cellulitis?

How long do antibiotics take to heal orbital cellulitis?

Days weeks: It generally takes antibiotics several days to catch up with the infection. Then it might take days weeks to eradicate the infection. ...Read more

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I was treated for cellulitis with antibiotic, but after weeks it's still swollen. Is it normal?

See a dermatologist: Is it your leg? It is very common that other conditions are mistaken as cellulitis. Then the antibiotic is no help. Stasis dermatitis and erythromelalgia are 2 examples of conditions presenting as red- swollen skin but are not infections. Also there may be an underlying problem such as lymphedema which leads to cellulitis. Then it is useful to address the underlying condition to prevent another ce. ...Read more

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I'm on my 4th round of antibiotics in addition to a shot and two IV infusions. Should i be concerned that i still have cellulitis?

Cellulitis: You probably have a resistant bacterial infection. Make sure you have an infectious disease specialist on your case and ask questions so you understand what is going on and what the plans and prognosis is for your condition. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more