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Cellulitis and abscess of trunk diagnosis. Will this go away on it's own? Er dr. Said it needs to be removed, my surgeon says otherwise. Dim. 3.7x2.6

Cellulitis and abscess of trunk diagnosis. Will this go away on it's own? Er dr. Said it needs to be removed, my surgeon says otherwise. Dim. 3.7x2.6

Abscess: They may both be right, it is just a matter of timing. Usually infection on the skin starts as a red area called cellulitis an progresses to an abscess sometimes which is a pus collection. You may also have an infected sebaceous cyst and in some instances it is best to cool off with antibiotics and removed later unless an abscess is formed. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Occurs when one has an infection in a part of their body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) ...Read more


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A year ago I had a severe tooth abscess. Then a year later I had 2 bouts of cellulitis 3 months apart from eachother in leg. Why the weird infections?

A year ago I had a severe tooth abscess. Then a year later I had 2 bouts of cellulitis 3 months apart from eachother in leg. Why the weird infections?

Not sure: I am not sure, but if the tooth abscess was not properly resolved, the residual pathogens in the bone may have been involved. Typically unresolved infection does not affect or drain to the leg. Mandibular infections do drain to the lymph nodes and breast. There, is however, a commonality of pathogens in the body, potentially affecting both the tooth and a focus in the leg. ...Read more

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I just got over cellulitis and now my ankle and foot swelled but are not red and don't hurt. The cellulitis was in my leg, from knee to ankle. Help!

I just got over cellulitis and now my ankle and foot swelled but are not red and don't hurt. The cellulitis was in my leg, from knee to ankle. Help!

Compression: Rest, elevate leg and compression hose help with swelling. Make sure you have been evaluated for a blood clot if swelling persists. That is life threatening make sure you have follow up w primary care soon. ...Read more

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Painful swelling of mrs. Rajashree mohanty’s legs from knee joints to feet (both legs) the disease started first with cellulitis of left leg about 6to 7?

Painful swelling of mrs. Rajashree mohanty’s legs from knee joints to feet (both legs) the disease started first with cellulitis of left leg about 6to 7?

Mrs. Mohanty: Needs to see a doctor. There are many reasons why legs can swell. The concern is the fact she has pain. Many people with swollen legs do not complain of pain rather tired legs, a heaviness etc. Due to t he fact there is pain this should be checked out. As you stated the swelling itself appears to have been there a while. ...Read more

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Dx cellulitis top of foot, 7 days smz&rx cream completed. Dk purp/grn, puss, very painful&swollen, more sores up leg, worse since tx. Could it be gangrene?

Dx cellulitis top of foot, 7 days smz&rx cream completed. Dk purp/grn, puss, very painful&swollen, more sores up leg, worse since tx. Could it be gangrene?

See doctor: What you described warrants evaluation by a doctor. If you do not have a personal physician, please go to the nearest emergency room as you need attention immediately. ...Read more

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Cellulitis on my foot 4 days ago, it traveled on my inner leg to mid calf. The swelling and redness is gone, but my foot & leg still hurt. Normal?

Cellulitis on my foot 4 days ago, it traveled on my inner leg to mid calf. The swelling and redness is gone, but my foot & leg still hurt. Normal?

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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I have cellulitis of the legs and feet; on abx. A small area of my foot has a small black area, is numb, & I can't move my toes anymore. Normal or no?

I have cellulitis of the legs and feet; on abx. A small area of my foot has a small black area, is numb, & I can't move my toes anymore. Normal or no?

Cellulitis from?: From the limited information given, I'd say there could be a problem. A thorough evaluation is needed to realize the problem. If you haven't already, you need to see a physician soon. ...Read more

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My partner foot is red & swollen with purple patches, yes he had water retention about 2 yrs. No its not going up the leg like cellulitis. Any idea?

My partner foot is red & swollen with purple patches, yes he had water retention about 2 yrs. No its not going up the leg like cellulitis. Any idea?

Clotting?: It sounds as if your partner needs appropriate compression garments to reduce edema and swelling but this is best for venous stasis and not necessarily for arterial insufficency. I would be concerned about varicose veins as well as a potential blood clot (s). A peripheral pulse exam and possible ultrasound imaging may be necessary to evaluate possible etiologies. ...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?

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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I have a bad abcess on my leg why is the top a big blister now that its draining andbsince its draining will the cellulitis go away. On its own?

I have a bad abcess on my leg why is the top a big blister now that its draining andbsince its draining will the cellulitis go away. On its own?

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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I have an abcess above my knee its so painful I can't hardly walk and the pain has spread up my leg toward my groin does this sound like cellulitis?

I agree: You need to see a doctor to sse if you have a more serious cellulitis called necrotizing fascitis. You may need surgery for the cellulitis abscess plus to rule out necrotizing fascitis. See a docto now for you will need probably IV anibiotics and surgery to drain the abscess. ...Read more

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To see what we can do about the swelling in the foot and ankle after cellulitis? What works best to help swelling go away?

To see what we can do about the swelling in the foot and ankle after cellulitis? What works best to help swelling go away?

Elevation: Can help. Assume that you were already placed on antibiotics. Acupuncture can also help to accelerate this process. Take care. ...Read more

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My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen. Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

My husband was dx with cellulitis and his foot and ankle are swollen. Should he use ice or heat packs to help lessen the swelling?

Ice and elevation: I assume he is on appropriate antibiotics for the infection, the first treatment necessity. Then elevation will help decrease swelling. Ice may ease discomfort. Limit walking and do not press tissues, as this many spread disease. ...Read more

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Can I fly with cellulitis on my foot+shin? It improved but then worsened with a flight back to the US. I need to fly tonight for a funeral, bad idea?

Can I fly with cellulitis on my foot+shin? It improved but then worsened with a flight back to the US. I need to fly tonight for a funeral, bad idea?

Probably OK: With cellulitis of the leg, prolonged sitting can increase pain and redness due to reduced circulation and fluid accumulation. But it's usually an issue of comfort, not harm. Check with the doc treating you, but probably OK to fly. A well fitted medical support stocking will help; keep exercising your feet; and get up and walk the aisle as frequently as you can. Details from your own doc, please. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis in my left inner ankle and the blister accidentally popped what should I do?

I have cellulitis in my left inner ankle and the blister accidentally popped what should I do?

See a doctor: Cellulitis should be treated with an antibiotic and you should be examined to ensure that it has not extended beyond the skin to other areas. ...Read more

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Cellulitis in my ankle, treated with fluocloxacillin 500 mg 4 a day from 10 days ago. It responded, but slight pain if touch, uncomfy if walk on heels?

Cellulitis in my ankle, treated with fluocloxacillin 500 mg 4 a day from 10 days ago. It responded, but slight pain if touch, uncomfy if walk on heels?

Cellulitis: If the area is still painful to walk on your heel - I am assuming this is a splinting mechanism? - then you should see your treating physician. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis affect the healing of an ankle I fractured 14 days ago. It was only put in a full caste yesterday after 7 days flucloxacillin?

Can cellulitis affect the healing of an ankle I fractured 14 days ago. It was only put in a full caste yesterday after 7 days flucloxacillin?

Not the cellulitis: The cellulitis itself will not delay the healing of your ankle fracture. However, there are many other conditions that will delay healing including diabetes, protein-calorie malnutrition, vitamin d deficiency, etc. The cellulitis will unlikely extend deeper to the fracture site that would lead to an infected nonunion. That would be extremely uncommon. ...Read more

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How long does it take cellulitis to heal? Been on 2 rounds of 10 day antibiotics. Skin still red & peeling on heel. No pain anymore.

How long does it take cellulitis to heal? Been on 2 rounds of 10 day antibiotics. Skin still red & peeling on heel. No pain anymore.

Cellulitis: It is possibly not cellulitis. May be an inflammatory condition called eczema or a fungus. You could try Hydrocortisone cream or Clotrimazole cream but seems like good time to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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ER doc says my ankle has severe cellulitis- after IV drip of antibiotics I'm sent home with more antibiotics - is very swollen how long I'm better?

ER doc says my ankle has severe cellulitis- after IV drip of antibiotics I'm sent home with more antibiotics - is very swollen how long I'm better?

Depends: If you don't have any medical conditions that could slow down your recovery, you should start seeing improvement in the next 48 hours or so and complete improvement in about a week or so. You will need to complete your antibiotics course even if you have take them longer than a week. Follow up with your PCP in the next few days to make sure you're improving. ...Read more

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Information on cellulitis front sprained ankle. Recuperation time. Treatment besides antibiotics, elevation and ice?

Information on cellulitis front sprained ankle. Recuperation time. Treatment besides antibiotics, elevation and ice?

Have it evaluated.: It is not common to get an infection due to an ankle sprain unless there is an open wound. If indeed it is infected you would need antibiotics to treat it. Rest and elevate your foot. ...Read more

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Cellulitis ankle, began antibiotics 12pm 8\7 @3pm 8/8 the itchy area is swollenhot, purple, hard, w/ faint redlines toward toes.0verall redness subsided

Cellulitis ankle, began antibiotics 12pm 8\7 @3pm 8/8 the itchy area is swollenhot, purple, hard, w/ faint redlines toward toes.0verall redness subsided

When to see doctor..: When to see the doctor again, to be rechecked to see if an antibiotic is working properly for treatment of skin cellulitis or of a small skin abscess: if one's temperature seems to be rising, if the infected area is still growing after 48 hours of antibiotics, if there is more pain or tenderness after 48 hours, if better but symptoms still persist after a few days, if a patient is worried, etc... ...Read more

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If I just got out of the hospital for cellulitis they think from a curbing my toe but I also may have a crack on my ankle bone. Could this be the caus?

If I just got out of the hospital for cellulitis they think from a curbing my toe but I also may have a crack on my ankle bone. Could this be the caus?

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

Dr. Michael Miller
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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