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Can weeping edema blisters of the legs be treated at home? What is the best way to prevent cellulitis?

Can weeping edema blisters of the legs be treated at home? What is the best way to prevent 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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Dr. Ira Katz
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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Dx cellulitis/fungal infection, no better x 6 months continued +3 edema BLE, legs have now turned purple; doppler negative?

Dx cellulitis/fungal infection, no better x 6 months continued +3 edema BLE, legs have now turned purple; doppler negative?

See a dermatologist: Not just a few, but MOST diagnoses of "cellulitis" by amateurs are not correct. That is why antibiotic treatment fails. If it is BOTH legs it is almost certainly something other than cellulitis. You need to see a pro, a dermatologist. Most common is STASIS dermatitis due to defective valves in the veins. There are other possible diagnoses. Treatment follows diagnosis. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with celulitis in calf area. Taking 500mg keflex should I wear/not wear support stockings (ss) until i heal. Wear ss 4 history of edema ?

Diagnosed with celulitis in calf area. Taking 500mg keflex should I wear/not wear support stockings (ss) until i heal. Wear ss 4 history  of edema   ?

Perhaps: The stockings may prevent more swelling, but it is best to ask your doctor. Since everyone's condition varies, consulting your physician is the best option before making a decision. ...Read more

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When can I expect cellulitis swelling to go away on its own completely?

When can I expect cellulitis swelling to go away on its own completely?

what's the cause?: If the cellulitis is due to a true bacterial infection in which you have fevers, elevated white count, and other signs, then you really need antibiotics to promote healing. If it is due to vein disease, a burn, or something nonbacterial, then simple symptomatic care should get shoe good relief starting in 5 to 7 days. ...Read more

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Cellulitis has clear the swelling and reddess gone but still very painful and some time blueish how long done that last? Cellulitis was in my right ha

Will slowly improve: Like most other diseases there is a recovery or convalescent phase. is it in your hand? Unusual to feel pain. if symptoms dont start to settle down soon would follow up with doctor ...Read more

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I have facials cellulitis and was wondering if I should go into work. I work in the oilfields I have redness, pain, and swelling

I have facials cellulitis and was wondering if I should go into work. I work in the oilfields I have redness, pain, and swelling

You : You need to find out the nature of your problem, and if truly cellulitis, get definitive treatment. There are several other possibilities, such as contact dermatitis, that would also require medical treatment. Seek care immediately at an urgent care clinic or emergency department. ...Read more

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Cellulitis for 20 days. Cloxaciline 14 days and cefirax 6. Improving very slowly. Redness not so bright anymore and there's no pain or swelling. good?

Cellulitis for 20 days. Cloxaciline 14 days and cefirax 6. Improving very slowly. Redness not so bright anymore and there's no pain or swelling. good?

Yes: Sounds like you are beginning to get better. Make sure that you also keep the area up (preferably above the level of your heart) and get plenty of rest. ...Read more

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My hubby has cellulitis of the rt leg x1 week. He has been taking bacterum. Redness has gone but not the painful swelling..Is this normal? Yes? No?

My hubby has cellulitis of the rt leg x1 week. He has been taking bacterum. Redness has gone but not the painful swelling..Is this normal?  Yes? No?

Wrong Diagnosis ?: 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 was told I have cellulitis on my groin. I have been on antibiotics for 7 days with no signs of pain or swelling going away.

I was told I have cellulitis on my groin. I have been on antibiotics for 7 days with no signs of pain or swelling going away.

See a dermatologist: You may have something other than "cellulitis". If fact, most diagnoses of "cellulitis" by physicians who are not skin Drs are not correct diagnoses and fail to respond to antibiotics because they are not infections. You neglected to describe any symptoms or name the antibiotics, so no more can be offered. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cellulitis on my face . On antibiotics for 48 hours. There is improvement, but still swelling. When will that go away?

Diagnosed with cellulitis on my face . On antibiotics for 48 hours.   There is improvement, but still swelling.  When will that go away?

3-7 days: How quickly the swelling is gone is dependent not just antibiotics, but also if drainage is established with an incision and drainage procedure, and the extent of the swelling! no i and d and extreme swelling takes muck longer to resolve than moderate swelling with an i and d! ...Read more

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I've been treating my cellulitis for about 2 days now redness and swelling is starting to go down but bruise it's starting to appear is this normal?

I've been treating my cellulitis for about 2 days now redness and swelling is starting to go down but bruise it's starting to appear is this normal?

Discoloration: Yes, after the initial swelling and redness has passed., Discoloration may come afterwards. As long as you are symptomatically feeling better i.e. noticeably less warmth, pain and swelling, the discoloration will pass in time. Cbeck with your family physician as well and have a great day. ...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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What can I do for lingering swelling in my lower leg after cellulitis treatment?

What can I do for lingering swelling in my lower leg after cellulitis treatment?

Ted hose: Wear compression stockings. But only after your doc has looked at your leg and doesn't think you still have a lingering cellulitis or anything else causing the swelling. Also if you have very bad circulation, you should wear the stockings only if your doc says it's ok. ...Read more

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With cellulitis (child), how long after oral antibiotx start should we see less symptoms? (swelling, redness, warmth in arm) (bactrim)

With cellulitis (child), how long after oral antibiotx start should we see less symptoms? (swelling, redness, warmth in arm) (bactrim)

24-48 hours: It takes some time for the meds to work. Initially, antibiotics first stop the spread of infection before symptoms abate. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...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