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Can cellulitis cause bruising?

Can cellulitis cause bruising?

Yes: It cause discoloration and be associated with a hemorraghic skin color. This will resolve slowly after the cellulitis is treated. It is important to prevent recurrences by treating any athletes foot infection which is often a portal of entry. ...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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Can cellulitis cause skin discoloration/bruising? Or should I seek emergency assistance?

Can cellulitis cause skin discoloration/bruising? Or should I seek emergency assistance?

Yes: Cellulitis will cause swelling and redness and and on the legs or deep involvement can have a dark color. This needs treatments with antibiotics either orally or in more severe cases with intravenous antibiotics. See your doctor as urgent appointment today if possible. Otherwise go to er. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cellulitis on my knee? And does it cause bruising of the leg?

How do I know if I have cellulitis on my knee?  And does it cause bruising of the leg?

Spreading red warmth: This is typically associated with an enlarging area of redness, swelling and warmth. Occasionally one may see involvement of the lymph vessels with red streaks going up to the groin and called lymphangitis.
As seen in the picture, some may circle the borders of the redness to monitor the spread into the surrounding normal tissues. ...Read more

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I've been treating my cellulitis for about 2 days now redness and swelling is starting to go down but bruise it's starting to appear is this normal?

I've been treating my cellulitis for about 2 days now redness and swelling is starting to go down but bruise it's starting to appear is this normal?

Discoloration: Yes, after the initial swelling and redness has passed.,
Discoloration may come afterwards. As long as you are symptomatically feeling better i.e. noticeably less warmth, pain and swelling, the discoloration will pass in time. Cbeck with your family physician as well and have a great day. ...Read more

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Had a small "bruise" fine for 2 days didn't do anything but then got very red swollen and BIG over last few days. Dr said cellulitis. Is this correct?

Had a small "bruise" fine for 2 days didn't do anything but then got very red swollen and BIG over last few days. Dr said cellulitis. Is this correct?

Well - the doctor: who evaluated you was able to get a full hx & to do a physical exam. From the info available - I can only say it could be consistent with cellulitis. ...Read more

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Low fever w/cellulitis. Symptoms gone (fever still there) w/ 4.5days of sulfa/azythro antibx. Quit sulfa day 5. Still on azythro day 8. Bruise back?

Check back to Dr.: Who gave you the antibiotics. They know your history the best live seen you previously for the same thing.. They can best tell you what should happen next. It matters where your cellulitis is located t. ...Read more

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Elbow cellulitis: on day 8 of azirthomycin. Only did 5 days of sulfameth bc of allergy. Bruise was gone 2 days in with both. Now it's back. What? Why?

Elbow cellulitis: on day 8 of azirthomycin. Only did 5 days of sulfameth bc of allergy. Bruise was gone 2 days in with both. Now it's back. What? Why?

Wrong abx: If it improved with abx then recurred, it means that the organism causing the problem has not been killed. You need to consult an infectious disease doctor to make sure that this not from mrsa. By the way, Azithromycin is not that great a drug for cellulitis. ...Read more

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Took doxycyclin for cellulitis on my leg for 21 days. I still have a little bump (bruise looking) and my leg still feels swollen and itchy. Normal?

Took doxycyclin for cellulitis on my leg for 21 days. I still have a little bump  (bruise looking)  and my leg still feels swollen and itchy. Normal?

1 leg or both? Fevr?: The situation is rather complex. There are many questions to be asked & we need a picture or an exam in order to understand what's going on. 21 days is an awful long time to take antibiotics. I suspect you have dermatitis (irritation of skin) rather than cellulitis (infection of skin), as the non-response to antibiotics indicates. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD about symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Grandson has red patch on thigh at groin. No bites, no scrapes, no bruise. Warm and very tender. Could it be cellulitis?

Grandson has red patch on thigh at groin. No bites, no scrapes, no bruise. Warm and very tender. Could it be cellulitis?

Possible: Warm and very tender without itching could be a skin infection (cellulitis).Try some cool soaks and give a dose of loratidine or certrizine, if no resolution, take him to be evaluated. Tanks for using Healthtap. :) ...Read more

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What could cause cellulitis to reoccur?

Reinfected: Usually it is re-infection not re-occurrence. For example, when a person developed cellulitis on lower legs, he/she might have fungal infection involving feet, toe webs or toes. The fungal infection causes open wound in those areas. Later, bactiriae might enter these channels, reaching lower legs and developing the cellulitis again. The fungal infection should be treated in the first palce. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could fleabites cause cellulitis and what is it?

Not directly: Fleabites directly do not cause cellulitis. However there is surrounding inflammation which can become itchy and if you scratch these bites you can transfer the bacteria from your nails into the flea bite. This can then become infected and cause cellulitis ...Read more

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What is the cause of cellulitis of the skin?

What is the cause of cellulitis of the skin?

Many causes: 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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Can cellulitis cause flu like symptoms?

Not typically: Cellulitis is defined as a localized skin infection which should be diagnosed by warmth, redness, tenderness and possible swelling. Flu like symptoms would include generalized body aches, fever, fatigue, and possible cough or congestion. Flu (influenza) is a virus while cellulitis is typically bacterial. However if cellulitis spreads to the blood then some flu like symptoms could be possible. ...Read more

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I have this and it's caused cellulitis on my arm all the way to my armpit, what is the best solution.

I have this and it's caused cellulitis on my arm all the way to my armpit, what is the best solution.

R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil . if it is extending up your arm SEEK PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION YOU MAY NEED IV ANTIBIOTICS. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of IV VS oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs. SEEK PROMPT EVALUATION SINCE INFECTION IS PROGRESSING ...Read more

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One cousing said he had something called well's syndrome (eosinophilic cellulitis?). What causes it?

One cousing said he had something called well's syndrome (eosinophilic cellulitis?).  What causes it?

Wells Syndrome: Wells syndrome (eosinophilic cellulitis) is an uncommon condition of unknown etiology. The presentation usually involves a mildly pruritic or tender cellulitis-like eruption with typical histologic features characterized by edema, flame figures, and a marked infiltrate of eosinophils in the dermis.Papular and nodular eruptions at the clinical presentation have also been reported. ...Read more

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Can coliform bacteria cause cellulitis? I live in a mobile home park and several of our seniors now have cellulitis. Could this be the cause?

Can coliform bacteria cause cellulitis? I live in a mobile home park and several of our seniors now have cellulitis. Could this be the cause?

Unlikely: Cellulitis of skin and skin structures is usually due to staphylococcus and streptococcus. Coliforms can potentially infect the skin but this is not likely. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause death?

Can cellulitis cause death?

Yes: Cellulitis is a description of a skin infection most commonly caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus. If the organism causing the infection spreads to the blood stream sepsis and shock can result. Sepsis can be fatal, especially in someone with other medical problems like diabetes. ...Read more

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Is MRSA the main cause of cellulitis nowadays?

Cellulitis: The majority of cellulitis infections are caused by infection with either strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus) bacteria.
The most common bacteria that cause cellulitis are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f). A form of rather superficial cellulitis caused by strep is called erysipelas. However, MRSA cellulitis is on the rise. ...Read more

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Does cellulitis cause meningitis? I heard it could.

Does cellulitis cause meningitis? I heard it could.

Rarely: This infection is usually confined to the tissues involved. Normal immune factors keep it in check unless it is ignored and extends due to lack of treatment. Someone with a compromised immune system would be at higher risk.Your routine cellulitis is rarely if ever going to enter the blood to travel to the brain. ...Read more

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Causes of cellulitis in vagina?

Causes of cellulitis in vagina?

Bacterial infection: Cellulitis is a bacterial infection. It's impossible for me to know which bacteria is causing this, but you would be wise to make sure you don't have a sexually transmitted infection. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can sunburn cause cellulitis in diabetics?

Can sunburn cause cellulitis in diabetics?

A deep burn can.: Sunburn can be quite extensive and may even cause second degree burns in some people. If blisters from then the skin is weakened and can open leading to infection. ...Read more

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How can a sunburn cause cellulitis and what is the treatment?

Yes and no: A sunburn can open the skin barrier to surface germs that can enter the oozing open wound and cause cellulitis or impetigo. Keeping the burn clean and using antibiotic sprays or ointments can prevent this. If it is progressing, see the doc for additional measures. ...Read more

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How long to completely recover from Cellulitis? Does Cellulitis stay in your body forever? Does Cellulitis cause nerve damage?

How long to completely recover from Cellulitis? Does Cellulitis stay in your body forever? Does Cellulitis cause nerve damage?

Depends: Cellulitis is inflammation of the skin and underlying soft tissue in a certain area. It can have many causes, and the duration of it will depend on how long it takes the underlying cause, such as infection, to resolve. It can take anywhere from a day or two to a few weeks. Sometimes it requires an operation to remove the affected tissue. It is rare for nerves to be permanently affected. ...Read more

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Can abscessed tooth cause facial cellulitis?

Can abscessed tooth cause facial cellulitis?

Yes: If the abscess is not treated properly, the infection can spread causing facial cellulitis, potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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How to treat cellulitis on forehead cause headache?

See doc: Could try antiinflammatories like motrin, occasionally a Hydrocortisone cream may help, but really need to see your doc to see if you need antibiotics or any surgical drainage etc. ...Read more

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I have a bad abcess with cellulitis on my leg i don't have insurance is there anything i can do at home to help and can cellulitis cause chest pain?

I have a bad abcess with cellulitis on my leg i don't have insurance is there anything i can do at home to help and can cellulitis cause chest pain?

See doc: While i sympathathize, i would not advise trying to treat what you describe as a bad abscess at home. Typically this will need antibiotics and incision/drainage. An urgent care can likely do this for you reasonably cheaply. Sometimes the abscess may spontaneously rupture and drain, and you could place a warm moist towel to try to expedite this, but you need to see a doc. Chest pain needs doc. ...Read more

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Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods i've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?

Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods i've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?

What allergies?: What do you mean by allergic reaction after foods and also what kind of foods? Yes becoming allergic to new things is possible nearly at any age although the risk gets lower the older one gets. ...Read more

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What causes cellulitis?

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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