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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Overview)

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 skin and subcutaneous tissues


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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

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Dr. Michael Miller
944 doctors shared insights

Cellulitis (Overview)

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 skin and subcutaneous tissues


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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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Treating Cellulitis (Tip)

Most diagnoses of "cellulitis" are wrong. Stasis dermatitis is often missdiagnosed this way. ...See more

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Treating Cellulitis (Checklist)

Keep the wound clean
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See your doctor -- you likely need antibiotics
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Assess your environment for causes
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Wash your hands regularly
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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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