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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Definition)

Bruises may occur over skin that is injured. Bruising from very minor injury can be a sign ...Read more