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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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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


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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cellulitis of the hand?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cellulitis of the hand?

Have it evaluated.: Cellulitis is an inflammation or infection of the soft tissue. Cellulitis can lead to complications if not treated appropriately. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...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 for cellulitis of the hand (spread to mid wrist) 2 heal for a patient w a weakened immune system? Caused by blown vein post-IV. On cephalexin

How long for cellulitis of the hand (spread to mid wrist) 2 heal for a patient w a weakened immune system? Caused by blown vein post-IV. On cephalexin

TimeHealsAllWounds: Hard to say. Depends on the severity of the infection, whether the infection had extended inside the vein, the degree of your immunosuppression and the susceptibility of the infection to the cephalexin.Healing tends to be slower at first then accelerate as healing progresses. But for a very general ballpark estimate for you, expect the majority to heal over 2 weeks, then more over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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81 year old female with continual white cells in urine, borderline thyroid, and rash like cellulitis on legs, hands and face.

81 year old female with continual white cells in urine, borderline thyroid, and rash like cellulitis on legs, hands and face.

Inflammation: Inflammation can cause all of these things. High blood pressure is a result of endothelial inflammation. The endothelium is the skin lining all 50, 000 miles of blood vessels in the body. When inflamed it can cause WBC in urine. An inflamed thyroid will dysfunction. Skin rashes are indication of inflammation.
A food sensitivity like celiac disease can cause all of these through inflammation. ...Read more

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Have 3 auto-immune probs. 4/2013 got cellulitis (r) hand. Antibiotics resulted in c-diff. Had blood draw this week, also canning tomatoes. (r)hand red, hot, swollen headed almost to elbow. Md or er?

Have 3 auto-immune probs. 4/2013 got cellulitis (r) hand. Antibiotics resulted in c-diff. Had blood draw this week, also canning tomatoes. (r)hand red, hot, swollen headed almost to elbow. Md or er?

Cellulitis: If your redness is spreading quickly and you are not able to get in to see your doc today or tomorrow, then go to er. You may need to be placed on i/v antibiotics. Make sure to take probiotic supplement to lower your chance of c. Diff recurrence. ...Read more

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Can putting ice in zip bag on hand to get for swelling it turns a pink color look to a dr like it is cellulitis never hot or raised put on kepflex?

Can putting ice in zip bag on hand to get for swelling it turns a pink color look to a dr like it is cellulitis never hot or raised put on kepflex?

Cannot diagnose: But ice packs on your hand may elicit an inflammatory reaction after removal. Without seeing this impossible to tell what is really going on, but cellulitis sounds unlikely and use of antibiotics without a good reason is not a wise thing to do. See a doctor and have this hand examined and then dealt with appropriately. ...Read more

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If u banged a table hard and hurt your hand and it swelled and turned red can this be cellulitis? X-rays showed no fractures.

If u banged a table hard and hurt your hand and it swelled and turned red can this be cellulitis? X-rays showed no fractures.

Probably not: At tmes, when an injury results in rapid swelling, the area affected at times becomes red. It can be termed a "pseudo-cellulitis", or a false infection. Of the redness swells, becomes hot, is accompanied by fevers, etc, then an infection in the skin, or a cellulitis. ...Read more

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Taking sulfamethoxazole for cellulitis on my leg but now I've been getting tiny really itchy hives on my hands. Am I allergic and what should I do?

Taking sulfamethoxazole for cellulitis on my leg but now I've been getting tiny really itchy hives on my hands. Am I allergic and what should I do?

Possible: Although I expect an allergic reaction to sulfa to be more generalized, you should stop taking the medication and ask your doctor to prescribe a substitute just in case. ...Read more

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Does cellulitis move? Not spread but move from say your wrist or fingers to your leg?

Does cellulitis move? Not spread but move from say your wrist or fingers to your leg?

Cellulitis: This is an infection of the deep soft tissues, most commonly caused by bacteria. Usually it spreads locally first, but then may skip areas to lymph nodes if it enters the lymphatic circulation. Spread to other areas of the body is possible but not common except in more advanced or untreated cases. ...Read more

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No trauma, cuts, or anything my finger swelled up with numbness to the tip but serious pain to Palm, I just had four cellulitis spots in 3 weeks is it?

No trauma, cuts, or anything my finger swelled up with numbness to the tip but serious pain to Palm, I just had four cellulitis spots in 3 weeks is it?

Something serious: Might be going on. Get to an ortho surgeon or infection specialist asap, because an otherwise healthy person should not be getting these infections so often. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have joint pain with cellulitis? Infected wound on knuckle. Pain has spread from just the cut to deep in the knuckle joint

Is it normal to have joint pain with cellulitis? Infected wound on knuckle. Pain has spread from just the cut to deep in the knuckle joint

It is possible: If a cellulitis spreads it can infect adjacent and deeper structures such as bone and joints. If that happens you would need to have it treated aggressively. You may need and incision and drainage and possible intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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What can be used on my feet and hands for celluitist?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is most often the result of an infection, usually requiring oral or even intravenous antibiotics in severe cases. The cause of cellulitis needs to be known. Inflammatory reactions can be treated with anti-inflammaory medication. Consult with physician. ...Read more

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Can a cellulitus hand become septic after 1 1/2 days of antibiotics?

Can a cellulitus hand become septic after 1 1/2 days of antibiotics?

Yes: See your doc if it's not getting better-- may be either wrong antibiotic or possibly deeper space infection which could need drainage. May take afewdays to resolve, but should see some improvement. ...Read more

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Have pherpherial neuropathy in feet& hands celluitis in lt leg& foot& swellling in rtcalf &foot, phemigous on tounge, pain neurogenic, fibro diagnose ple?

Have pherpherial neuropathy in feet& hands celluitis in lt leg& foot& swellling in rtcalf &foot, phemigous on tounge, pain neurogenic, fibro diagnose ple?

Many possibilities: Some causes of swelling of the feet can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, and tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

Cellulitis is severe: Cellulitis is an infection. If you are healthy, the infection usually will improve once treatment begins. However, if neglected it can be serious and can spread systemically.
Go see hour doctor or other health professional and get an antibiotic for the infection. ...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?

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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What sort of disease is cellulitis?

What sort of disease is cellulitis?

Skin disorder: Redness and swelling of the skin, commonly infectious in origin. ...Read more

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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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What are the concerns with having cellulitis?

What are the concerns with having cellulitis?

Spreading: Cellulitis, or skin infection, concerns us when it takes longer than 7 days to improve, or gets worse: spreading across more skin or going deeper into your blood. Watch out for increased pain, redness, red streaks, fever/chills, feeling bleah (malaise). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cellulitis and signs?

What are the symptoms of cellulitis and signs?

Infected/inflammed: Cellulitis is simply an inflammation of the skin ("itis") that can be caused by many factors including infection, or anything that causes inflammation like sunburn or vein disease. Inflammation means the tissues are red, hot, swollen, and tender. Antibiotics should not be used unless it is absolutely infected which should involve more than simply the presence of inflammation. ...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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What are the chances of cellulitis recurring once you had it?

What are the chances of cellulitis recurring once you had it?

See below: Cellulitis can commonly occur after having some kind of skin trauma (cut, bite, etc). Having cellulitis once does not predispose you to getting it again. But you are at risk of getting it with any skin trauma. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis contagious?

Is cellulitis contagious?

No: The cellulitis in not contagious although the bacteria that cause it are because the infection is not on the skin. ...Read more