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Are diabetics at risk to develop cellulitis? Why?

Are diabetics at risk to develop cellulitis? Why?

Yes.: Diabetics are more susceptible to cellulitis for several reasons. First, diabetic nerve damage can decrease sensation, especially over the lower extremities, leading to ulcers where cellulitis can develop. Often, diabetics also have poor circulation, which can lead to breakdown of tissue and impaired healing, and the high blood sugar provides a perfect environment for bacteria to grow. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

Diabetes is a disease of increased blood glucose levels. Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the intake of food. Insulin is a type of hormone that removes the glucose from the blood and moves it into the cells to provide them with energy. There are two different types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is when the body does not make any insulin. Therefore, glucose stays inside the blood and does not move into the cells. Type 2 diabetes, which is commonly associated with obesity, is when the body is either resistant to the effects of insulin or when the body does not produce enough insulin. Increased levels of glucose in the body causes severe damage to the ...Read more


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Can sunburn cause cellulitis in diabetics?

Can sunburn cause cellulitis in diabetics?

A deep burn can.: Sunburn can be quite extensive and may even cause second degree burns in some people. If blisters from then the skin is weakened and can open leading to infection. ...Read more

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What is a home treatment for cellulitis if diabetic?

What is a home treatment for cellulitis if diabetic?

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 is the prognosis for diabetes with cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Osteomyelitis: Not sure i can answer that easily. Osteomyelitis is a bone infection and unfortunately these are more difficult to treat in diabetics. A lot depends on the status of your blood flow. The antibiotics need good blood flow to work so if you have good flow it generally improves the prognosis. Also, good sugar control helps. ...Read more

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What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Many : There isn't just one medication used to treat cellulitis and osteomyelitis. Intravenous antibiotics and surgery are normally used to treat osteomyelitis and cellulitis can be treated with either intravenous or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Bad shape: Hi. That's some bad shape you're in. Most likely your cellulitis & osteomyelitis are in a foot. You need a wound clinic, wound debridement, longterm IV antibiotics, assure adequate arterial supply (may require revascularization), maybe hyperbaric oxygen, and really good, tight blood sugar control. I hope this can be healed and not require amputation; amputation is not the end of the world, however ...Read more

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Please help! what is the drug for diabetes with cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Imprecise ?: You take whatever meds you need to get sugar controlled and you take correct antibiotics for bacteria they culture from/ or assume is causing your cellulitis. ...Read more

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I had some ultrasounds and they reported low pulses in the ankles. I also have diabetes and what looks like starting ulcers and cellulitis. What doc?

I had some ultrasounds and they reported low pulses in the ankles. I also have diabetes and what looks like starting ulcers and cellulitis. What  doc?

Vascular specialist : Diabetic foot ulcers occur as a result of various factors, such as peripheral neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease. The management of this condition is complex and you should receive care from physicians who have an active interest in this complex problem. Emphasis on routine preventive podiatric care, appropriate shoes, avoidance of smoking and adequate glycemic control should be placed! ...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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Diabetic hospitalized for cellulitus. How long before an improvement?

Diabetic hospitalized for cellulitus. How long before an improvement?

Hard to say: Varies with severity, and with individual. Often will see slight improvement in a day or two, but usually the order of week or more for resolution, assuming there is no deeper component of abscess etc, and assuming appropriate antibiotics etc. ...Read more

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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