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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

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Dr. Michael Miller
987 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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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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