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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.

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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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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.

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Got diagnosed with cellulitis in my lower leg today and now my kneecap is really bothering me. Could this have spread to my bone or unrelated?

Got diagnosed with cellulitis in my lower leg today and now my kneecap is really bothering me. Could this have spread to my bone or unrelated?

Not likely: It probably didn't spread to the bone but it is possible it spread to the joint. You should have it examined as it's an emergency to have a septic joint.

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I hv cellulitis in my right lower leg. I took 10 days of antibiotics and my leg is going down but still red in the back and turning dark in the front.

I hv cellulitis in my right lower leg. I took 10 days of antibiotics and my leg is going down but still red in the back and turning dark in the front.

Hard to guess: Darkening could be part of the normal healing process, but could also be consistent with dangerous spreading of disease under the skin (fasciitis). Fasciitis is very painful. If something does not seem right, be sure to contact the treating physician. A follow up examination may be warranted.

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Diagnosed with cellulitis on lower leg. Will be 2 days until I will have a car to get to pharmacy. Is it ok to postpone?

Diagnosed with cellulitis on lower leg. Will be 2 days until I will have a car to get to pharmacy. Is it ok to postpone?

Not really: It's better to start your antibiotics ASAP. If you can have a friend or family member pick up your prescription it would be best. Cellulitis can progress quickly. I would strongly advise that you have someone get your prescription for you.

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I am a 54 year old woman who had cellulitis in my lower leg 1 year ago. All healed but I still get a tingling/sensations in the area, is this normal?

Cellulitis: As you healed from cellulitis you formed scar tissue. It is very common for scar to feel a tingling sensation especially as the weather changes. Best of luck. If you see any redness or swelling see your doctor.

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Being treated for cellulitis (antibiotics) since Monday. Should I still have swelling in the foot/ankle? Should I have any tingling in my lower leg?

Being treated for cellulitis (antibiotics) since Monday. Should I still have swelling in the foot/ankle? Should I have any tingling in my lower leg?

Minimum time: For resolution is 7-10 days and 2-3 weeks is not uncommon, depending on antibiotics which are used.

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What is bilateral lower extremity length dependent sensory polyneuropathy? And what causes it?

What is bilateral lower extremity length dependent sensory polyneuropathy? And what causes it?

BLELDSM made simple: In sensory polyneuropathy, sensory nerve fibers that carry info about temperature, touch, pain, & position are damaged & can't transmit signals. Length-dependent means limbs furthest away are 1st to be affected, as in both lower legs. Common causes include diabetes, nutrient deficiency, connective tissues disorders, infectious diseases, or toxins. Blood tests can rule out most of these causes.

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Mum's leg is edematous for 3 months now since she removed the cast no thrombosis nor cellulitis..

Mum's leg is edematous for 3 months now since she removed the cast no thrombosis nor cellulitis..

Multi factorial: Lymphatic flow, venous flow reduce swelling. During the cast...Small venules may be clogged up, also lymph vessels. Anemia, hypoproteinemia, kidney or liver problem can cause it. Try support hose, see pmd.

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I have a bad abcess on my leg why is the top a big blister now that its draining andbsince its draining will the cellulitis go away. On its own?

I have a bad abcess on my leg why is the top a big blister now that its draining andbsince its draining will the cellulitis go away. On its own?

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.

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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.

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72 y/o woman, hx of cellulitis, prior leg injury, found small lump on her LL leg. Doesn't hurt to touch directly & leg doesn't seem hot or swollen.

72 y/o woman, hx of cellulitis, prior leg injury, found small lump on her LL leg. Doesn't hurt to touch directly & leg doesn't seem hot or swollen.

Lumps and bumps!: If it is not painful and you have no swelling, fever, pain, pus, redness, numbness, tingling, weakness, etc., keep an eye on it for a few days. It may go away. If it is still there in a week or two, or if you develop other symptoms, see a doc.

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Is bencilpenicillin intramuscular prescribed for a cellulitis that started because I scratched an eczema on my leg? Treated with oral ant. (1 month)

Is bencilpenicillin intramuscular prescribed for a cellulitis that started because I scratched an eczema on my leg? Treated with oral ant. (1 month)

Many options: Cellulitis can be treated by any number of antibiotics. The germs don't actually know 'how' the antibiotic got there- whether it's IV, IM or oral. An infectious diseases doctor can probably help you if you feel your primary doctor isn't giving you the best treatment. IM penicillin is generally used now only for syphilis. There are many choices these days - so I hope you can get help.

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I had cellulitis left leg from March 2. 3 weeks ago went to compression socks, no open sores. My leg is dark red (ok) but hotter than right (2.5F).

Not enough info: You didn't state if the cellulitis was treated, or if it resolved. The concern here would be to make sure you don't have a clot in your leg. Venous insufficiency can cause stasis dermatitis or a darkening color of the skin. Follow up with your MD

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I was diagnosed w/ cellulitis in left leg @ ER & Put on antibiotics for 10 days. I now have 2 new spots on the same leg and one on my opposite leg and?

Dermatitis;not cellu: Cellulitis, by & large, affects 1 leg (not both). If there are spots developing in the other leg, then there is greater chance that the problem's dermatitis (irritation of the skin) from various causes rather than cellulitis (infection of skin). Dermatitis should have been considered (in ER) from the start if there were no cuts or scrapes by which bacteria could enter. TTYD or use HealthTap Prime.

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My cellulitis is gone after antibiotics treatment but my leg is still funny I have little bit pain and itchy is this normal and how can I protectmyslf?

My cellulitis is gone after antibiotics treatment but my leg is still funny I have little bit pain and itchy is this normal and how can I protectmyslf?

Should be fine: It is not uncommon to have some sensations under the skin after an infection but they should go away promptly. If it continues see your doctor.

Extremity (Definition)

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