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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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Is it truly possible for boils to reoccur for 7+ years? (cellulitis, inverted sweat glands, etc)?

Is it truly possible for boils to reoccur for 7+ years? (cellulitis, inverted sweat glands, etc)?

Hidradenitis: This may due to a variety of underlying conditions with hidradenitis suppuritiva being high on my list. This may require medical or surgical treatment. See a dermatologist for an evaluation first. ...Read more

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Had cellulitis in armpit region and a boil which was lanced. Now I have what looks like a bulged vein ultrasound did not detect anything what is it.

Had cellulitis in armpit region and a boil which was lanced. Now I have what looks like a bulged vein ultrasound did not detect anything what is it.

Hard to say: Really need a pic . Most likely is just some residual inflamed/indurated tissue , or possibly a small hematoma where it was lanced which should get better with appropriate antibiotics and time. See your doc if it doesn't improve. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

Cellulitis.: Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin. It's superficial and treatable with antibiotics, either topical or oral. Some infections can be very severe and possibly deadly (MRSA), so don't take cellulitis lightly. See a doctor if you have symptoms of redness, warmth and tenderness of an area of your skin, especially if you have fever, chills or sweats. ...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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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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Is there tests for cellulitis?

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 are the tests for cellulitis?

What are the tests for cellulitis?

Exam: Really physical exam is best-- occasionally doc may check labs to determine extent of infections.G white blood cell count. Depending on severity/location, possible may need imaging studies to rule out underlying abscess such as ultrasound, mri, ct. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more