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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Overview)

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 of the affected area.


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How does cellulitis start?

How does cellulitis start?

Any skin opening: Any skin opening from a bug bite to an injury or scratch can allow bacteria to penetrate into the skin and grow which is cellulitis. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
990 Doctors shared insights

Cellulitis (Overview)

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 of the affected area.


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What are the symptoms of cellulitis?

What are the symptoms of cellulitis?

Redness swelling pai: Cellulitis causes pain, redness, swelling, warmth and loss of function of the affected area. There may be fever, local discharge and in severe cases, abscess formation and tissue necrosis. Rarely cellulitis causes rapid necrosis, commonly known as flesh eating bacterial infection. ...Read more

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I need your expertise, is cellulitis sign of breast cancer?

I need your expertise, is cellulitis sign of breast cancer?

Depends: A form of breast cancer called inflammatory carcinoma can look like cellulitis of the breast. Cellulitis away from the breast is not a sign of breast cancer. ...Read more

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What tests can my doctor do to diagnose cellulitis?

What tests can my doctor do to diagnose cellulitis?

None or cultures: Cellulitis is a clinical diagnosis, which means doctors may diagnose it on history and physical exam alone. Cellulitis has a characteristic look and presents as an area of redness, swelling and warmth. Doctors can do wound or blood cultures, but these tests will not help make a definitive diagnosis of cellulitis. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin manifest by redness, pain and swelling spreading in the skin. It is most commonly found on the lower extremity and is caused mostly by group a strep or staph. ...Read more

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Elevated creatinine levels raised lft and inconsistent hep c blood test. Has cellulitis from shin injury. Feels recovery is very slow. Lethargy.

Elevated creatinine levels raised lft and inconsistent hep c blood test. Has cellulitis from shin injury. Feels recovery is very slow. Lethargy.

Need nephrologist: Sounds like a complex problem and need to be evaluated by specialist. Would recommend nephrologist first as elevated creatinine may signify progressive renal disease. Depending on the level, lethargy may be also related to elevated creatinine. Further, need to investigate elevated LFT, so liver and kidney imaging is needed as well. ...Read more

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Is there tests for cellulitis?

No: Just clinical exam of swelling het and redness not associated with a vein problem. See a doctor if there is any chance that you have cellulitis. ...Read more

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Do you know of any home remedies that have successfully helped cellulitis?

Do you know of any home remedies that have successfully helped cellulitis?

No: Use antibiotic until clear and treat any athletes foot infection to decrease the chances of reinfection. ...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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What does it mean to have cellulitis of the hand?

What does it mean to have cellulitis of the hand?

Skin infection.: Cellulitis refers to a superficial skin infection, usually bacterial in origin. A brief course of oral antibiotics is generally sufficient treatment. In severe cases, a prolonged course of intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization may be necessary. ...Read more

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I have been on antibiotics for 5 days to treat cellulitis in my armpit, its not improving and very sore, what should I do?

I have been on antibiotics for 5 days to treat cellulitis in my armpit, its not improving and very sore, what should I do?

See doc: Sounds like you may need to either have a different antibiotic, or, more likely, need surgical drainage of an underlying abscess. Should see your doc. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis take to treat?

How long does cellulitis take to treat?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be caused by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, the treatment changes. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. Time to heal is based on cause. ...Read more

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What might happen if I don’t get cellulitis treated?

What might happen if I don’t get cellulitis treated?

Worsening infection: Cellulitis is a skin infection. Normally oral antibiotics will cure the infection. If the infection is left untreated the infection cold worsen and spread internally into the blood stream. A blood stream infection would then require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics. Blood stream infections are potentially fatal. ...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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16 days treatment cellulitis right leg. Finished antibiotics 11 days ago. Little change since. Still red/warm. No pain slight swelling. Back 2 hosp?

16 days treatment cellulitis right leg. Finished antibiotics 11 days ago. Little change since. Still red/warm. No pain slight swelling. Back 2 hosp?

Cellutlits: Cellulitis is a very serious infection of the soft tissue. Proper antibiotics are crucial. May need culture to ensure proper therapy. See your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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My friends son has cellulitis, she is taking care of him. I have stage 1vaginal cancer, im taking radiation treatments. Is it safe for her to visit me?

My friends son has cellulitis, she is taking care of him. I have stage 1vaginal cancer, im taking radiation treatments. Is it safe for her to visit me?

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 they have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses is wrong. ...Read more

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How easy is it to cure cellulitis?

How easy is it to cure cellulitis?

It depends: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissue, often by an infection. It is commonly treated with an antibiotic. The success & duration of treatment depends on the extent and depth of the infection, whether surgical drainage is necessary, the type of bacteria causing the infection, and the patient's other medical conditions. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take to get rid of cellulitis in your hand?

How long does it usually take to get rid of cellulitis in your hand?

Hand cellulitis: It depends on the cause of the cellulitis, infection, abscess, etc.
The primary cause needs to be treated and then your cellultis will resolve. ...Read more

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How long before antibiotics heal cellulitis? My doctor said I should feel better in a few days. Well it’s been three days and I still feel horrible and my arm is still red and painful. Should I wait a little longer for the drugs to work or should I call m

How long before antibiotics heal cellulitis? My doctor said I should feel better in a few days. Well it’s been three days and I still feel horrible and my arm is still red and painful. Should I wait a little longer for the drugs to work or should I call m

Numerous factors: Recovery time fro m cellulitis varies widely due to many factors including how sensitive the bacteria are to the antibiotic. As long as it isn't getting worse three days is ok. Be sure too take the entire prescription even if symptoms go away in a couple of days if not improving by day 5-7 then call the office. Make note that asking how long is a good question to ask the prescribier 1st visit. ...Read more

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My mum had cellulitis 12 weeks ago & recovered. She still gets a tingling feeling in her affected leg, is this normal and how long can it last for?

My mum had cellulitis 12 weeks ago & recovered. She still gets a tingling feeling in her affected leg, is this normal and how long can it last for?

Yes be patient: 12 weeks seems like a long time and quite honestly it's possible that some degree of neuropathy may also last in her legs but the symptoms of paresthesias or tingling are as a result of the infection. Depending upon severity she may take up to a few more months or up to 1 year to resolve. Cellulits of the leg can be serous all structures affected can be altered for some time afterward. ...Read more

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Are there some genetic reasons I get periorbital cellulitis off and on?

Are there some genetic reasons I get periorbital cellulitis off and on?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely to develop periorbital cellulitis. These risk factors include:upper respiratory infection, eye trauma, insect bites.   ...Read more

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What can increase the risks of getting cellulitis?

What can increase the risks of getting cellulitis?

Skin infections: Hi ATaylor, cellulitis is a superficial infection of the skin. It is usually treated with antibiotics. It is not a chronic disease. There may be other health problems that can cause it to recur such as diabetes, obesity, poor circulation, steroid use, chronic swelling, open sores, and unclean skin. Addressing those issues should help keep it from coming back. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can weeping edema blisters of the legs be treated at home? What is the best way to prevent cellulitis?

Can weeping edema blisters of the legs be treated at home? What is the best way to prevent 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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How do I avoid getting cellulitis from a hematoma?

How do I avoid getting cellulitis from a hematoma?

Real answer: A hematoma is a collection of blood below the skin. As it is absorbed, there may be inflammation which is a normal part of healing (red, hot, swollen, and tender) and not bad. Unless the skin is broken, your risk of getting infected is essentially zero. Your body can do it's own thing. Save the lotions and potions for the unusual types of injuries. Yours is straightforward and will resolve fast. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin manifest by redness, pain and swelling spreading in the skin. It is most commonly found on the lower extremity and is caused mostly by group a strep or staph. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis = inflammation of the skin often due to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Many Causes: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

Inflammation: Cellulitis is redness and inflammation of the skin. Often associated with infection. May need treated with antibiotics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is infection and inflammation (redness, tenderness, swelling) of the skin. When antibiotics are used, a bacterial skin infection goes away over a week, if the person is healthy and the bacteria are not resistant to the medication. Slow healing or persistent inflammation means a return visit to the doctor is needed, to see if there is another underlying condition for the infection. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

Cellulitis is severe: Cellulitis is an infection. If you are healthy, the infection usually will improve once treatment begins. However, if neglected it can be serious and can spread systemically.
Go see hour doctor or other health professional and get an antibiotic for the infection. ...Read more

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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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How does cellulitis start?

Any skin opening: Any skin opening from a bug bite to an injury or scratch can allow bacteria to penetrate into the skin and grow which is cellulitis. ...Read more

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How can cellulitis spread?

How can cellulitis spread?

Bloodstream: Bacteria can spread through the blood throughout the body potentially in rare cases becoming a serious whole body infection. ...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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Can you die from cellulitis?

Can you die from cellulitis?

Rarely: The infection in severe cases can spread causing sepsis. It is best to treat early with antibiotics so that infection resolves and does cause complications such as scarring, color change or systemic effects. ...Read more

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How do you treat cellulitis?

How do you treat cellulitis?

Streaking infection: Cellulitis may appear as a small streak over the skin due to an infection or it may appear as redness surrounding an infection. The skin can get red and streaks can appear to and from a wound. Skin may get cellulitis from a simple scratch with dirty fingernails. Be careful and avoid this by washing your hands and stop scratching your skin. ...Read more

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Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Find the cause: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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How can I reduce cellulitis?

How can I reduce cellulitis?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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How do people get cellulitis?

How do people get cellulitis?

Crack in skin: Bacteria invade lymphatics amd blood through a crack in the feet- ath
tees foot or through trauma that allows entry. ...Read more