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I have cellulitis in foot, i was wondering if i would still be able to go to a dance class tomorrow?

I have cellulitis in foot, i was wondering if i would still be able to go to a dance class tomorrow?

Take time off.: Take a break from dance class and take care of the foot. Cellulitis often times will require antibiotics. See your medical professional if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more


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Is recurring cellulitis in foot an autoimmune problem? This is like my 5 or 6th time having it? No cuts or scraps. Not sure how i keep getting it!

Is recurring cellulitis in foot an autoimmune problem? This is like my 5  or 6th time having it?  No cuts or scraps. Not sure how i keep getting it!

Unlikely: Recurrent lower extremity cellulitis is most commonly seen in patients with impaired lymphatic or venous return. Venous insufficiency, varicose veins, chronic edema, prior lymphatic or venous surgery or morbid obesity are the usual causes. Tinea pedis (athlete's foot) is often the entrance site for the causative staphylococcal or streptococcal bacterial cause of the infection. ...Read more

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Had symptoms of cellulitis left foot, healing well now.Ana test positive 1:160 nucleolar, bt negative for lupus & no symptoms.Should i be concerned?

Had symptoms of cellulitis left foot, healing well now.Ana test positive 1:160 nucleolar, bt negative for lupus & no symptoms.Should i be concerned?

ANA: A nucleolar pattern of an elevated ANA is seen in scleroderma and crest syndrome. Further evaluation might include an scl-70 kd kinetochore (anti-topoisomerase i), and pm-1. If these have not been done you might want to be seen by a rheumatologist. This may all turn out to be non-specific, but better safe than sorry. Good luck. ...Read more

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Erythromycin 2g total per day for mild cellulitis in foot. At risk of ototoxicity? Already have high frequency hearing loss. Allergic to penicillin.

Erythromycin 2g total per day for mild cellulitis in foot. At risk of ototoxicity? Already have high frequency hearing loss. Allergic to penicillin.

Ototoxicity high dos: Hi Kate: In a couple of readily available very small studies, erythromycin may be ototoxic at doses of 2 grams to 4 grams a day. But this is reported to be reversible if stopped when symptoms develop. If you should be having hearing symptoms contact your doc before continuing it. But if you have no symptoms and have completed it, you should be fine. It is not a common side-effect, though. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cellulitis swelling in foot to go down?

How long does it take for cellulitis swelling in foot to go down?

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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Is amputation recommended for a diabetic male patient 67yo with bad cellulitis in left foot who has suffered stroke (left part of body)? It's my dad.

Is amputation recommended for a diabetic male patient 67yo with bad cellulitis in left foot who has suffered stroke (left part of body)? It's my dad.

NOT YET, BUT.....: Are you sure it's cellulitis, and not the redness of vascular disease? Cellulitis alone is caused by Strep or Staph, and can be treated with antibiotics. But you have to make sure it's not something more. See your doctor. ...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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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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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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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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Husband dx with cellulitis on his foot. On antibiotics for over 24 hours. Swelling and pain have decreased, but redness & bruising increased. Normal?

Husband dx with cellulitis on his foot. On antibiotics for over 24 hours.  Swelling and pain have decreased, but redness & bruising increased. Normal?

Yes, pretty normal: Cellulitis doesn't respond to antibotics overnight; it takes a few days. The reduced swelling and pain are good news, so no serious wories that redness has increased. Contact the doctor treating your husband if it actually gets worse (more pain, more swelling, higher fever) in the next day or two; or if no significant improvement after 4-5 days. Or call any time if still in doubt. ...Read more

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My sister was just treated with cellulitis on her left foot. And now the skin around that area is getting off.

My sister was just treated with cellulitis on her left foot. And now the skin around that area is getting off.

Skin loss: If there is some light peeling- that can happen. However, if she is losing large amounts of tissue - that needs evaluation asap. Take care. ...Read more

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Recently been diagnosed with cellulitis on my right foot. still experiencing bluish discoloration after discharge upon standing. Clear when elevated?

Venous stasis: Symptoms of venous stasis or insufficiency. Can look like cellulitis, and discolored, swelling, discomfort with dependency, relief with elevation. Diagnosis requires careful vein ultrasound with REFLUX studies (not just test for clots). If found, compression garments, elevation, and sometimes minor procedures will help. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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How long the swollen of the feet when you have cellulitis?

3 days: Most patients need Antibiotics for Cellulitis. It takes on average 3 days for the swelling to go away. Should it persist longer, there could be possibility of resistant infection or other cause. ...Read more

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Hard white scab on foot following diagnosis from cellulitis, please help?

Hard white scab on foot following diagnosis from cellulitis, please help?

Consult: with a surgeon. What you are describing might be eschar, or dead skin, which might require surgical removal. ...Read more

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Why is my right foot turning bluish/purple every time I stand? recently been diagnosed with cellulitis but doesnt look like it.

Need much more detai: You left out all the details. What was the evidence that it was cellulitis rather than phlebitis? How have you been treated? Most diagnoses of cellulitis, especially the leg, are wrong when not by dermatologists. ...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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Hard white scab on foot following diagnosis of cellulitis... Not eschar or dead skin because very hard to touch and bend and pure white, help please?

Hard white scab on foot following diagnosis of cellulitis... Not eschar or dead skin because very hard to touch and bend and pure white, help please?

Calcinosis a suspici: this may be calcinosis. Sometimes the body lays calcium down after inflammation . Depending on the location this could also be very thick tissue and what is called a "porcelain scar."your physician will evaluate you and can do testing to clarify your question. ...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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Cellulitis 2 yrs ago and it left behind discoloration that looks like bruising. My feet tend to slightly swell still. How can remove scars and swellin?

Different issues: The swelling is probably due to damage to lymphatics. Keeping your feet elevated at night and any time during the day when feasible will help. If you are overweight, losing weight will help.Discoloration will take time to fade, even though 2 years may seem a long time.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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Thin, 15cm long red line on foot. Maybe from shoe? No fever, no pain. Marked it w ink. Had cellulitis there 9 months ago... What should I watch for?

Thin, 15cm long red line on foot. Maybe from shoe? No fever, no pain. Marked it w ink. Had cellulitis there 9 months ago... What should I watch for?

Spread: Spread of redness, increased temp if infection. If it is related to shoe wear them don't wear that shoe. Important to see if it resolves or worsens, don't hesitate to be seen for it, especially with your history of previous infection in that area. ...Read more

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Had spot on lower left leg 5 days ago. Diagnosed as cellulitis. Started clindamycin 150 mg 4 days ago. Pain gone but foot really swollen in evening?

Reevaluate: Start over. You have failed to give enough information for an intelligent answer. Only general observations are possible. A diagnosis of "cellulitis" by anybody not a dermatologist is wrong at least half the time. Clindamycin, because of a risk of C. Diff.,should seldom be used. See a DR, perhaps a different one, to consider an alternative diagnosis. It is likely that your problem is not infectiio ...Read more

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My motherwas told that she has cellulitis in her feet & legs, but he didn't give her medicine. Should she be taking antibiotics?

See a dermatologist: If both legs, probably not cellulitis. This type of infection usually causes fever & pain. If she has pus, fever, pain she will benefit from antibiotic. Does she have swollen ankles? Itch? She may have edema due to vein disease, heart disease, kidney or liver disease. Is she fat? Does she sit or stand for long periods? Chronic edema with stasis dermatitis responds to treatments other than antibiot. ...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?

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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