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Leg cellulitis.......used bacitracin ointment on gauze pads and wrapped in ace bandage for 3 days with little improvement Starting taking 300 mg cib?

Leg cellulitis.......used bacitracin ointment on gauze pads and wrapped in ace bandage for 3 days with little improvement Starting taking 300 mg cib?

What is "cib"?: How do you know you have cellulitis? Most diagnoses of leg cellulitis are not correct. Stasis dermatitis is much more common. This is a sad but common error. If you have cellulitis, or any other cause for red & swollen leg, bacitracin is useless. In fact it frequently causes allergic reactions which make it worse. See a dermatologist. ...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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Should I still go to work if I have orbital cellulitis?

Should I still go to work if I have orbital cellulitis?

No: Orbital cellulitis is an emergency situation with infection around and behind the eye which can rapidly destroy the vision and even can invade the brain or nasal sinuses which could lead to death. You should go immediately to an er and have this checked out. ...Read more

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How long does it take an antibiotic to work on cellulitis?

How long does it take an antibiotic to work on cellulitis?

7-10 days: Once effective antibiotics are started for cellulitis there is usually improvement in 2-3 days. It may take 7-10 days of treatment for it to completely resolve. ...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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Can a bacitracin ointment work on a fungai infection?

Can a bacitracin ointment work on a fungai infection?

No: Bacitracin is an antibiotic ointment which helps prevent staph and strep and other bacterial infections but does not help with fungal infections. Topical antifungals such as Clotrimazole and ketoconazole help with fungal infections. ...Read more

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Cellulitis from cts 4 days in ER on IV antibiotics. Sever pain and no strength. Dr says its ok heal time 6-7months. I can't even work now. Help?

Complex Symptoms: 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. Your complaints are way out of sorts from simply treatment for infected cuts. A further investigation is needed. ...Read more

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How long before antibiotics heal cellulitis? My doctor said I should feel better in a few days. Well it’s been three days and I still feel horrible and my arm is still red and painful. Should I wait a little longer for the drugs to work or should I call m

How long before antibiotics heal cellulitis? My doctor said I should feel better in a few days. Well it’s been three days and I still feel horrible and my arm is still red and painful. Should I wait a little longer for the drugs to work or should I call m

Numerous factors: Recovery time fro m cellulitis varies widely due to many factors including how sensitive the bacteria are to the antibiotic. As long as it isn't getting worse three days is ok. Be sure too take the entire prescription even if symptoms go away in a couple of days if not improving by day 5-7 then call the office. Make note that asking how long is a good question to ask the prescribier 1st visit. ...Read more

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Would bacitracin zinc and polymyxin b sulfate opthalmic ointment work for a style?

Would bacitracin zinc and polymyxin b sulfate opthalmic ointment work for a style?

Moist warm compress: 24 y/o female asks if bacitracin zinc and polymyxin b sulfate ophthalmic ointment work for eye stye? Not recommended. The best management/ treatment for stye is to apply warm compress/ moist warm clean wash cloth on the affected eye for 5 to 10 minutes 2 or 3 times a day and at bed time. This usually helps to unblock the gland (sweat or oil) which blockage caused the stye in the first instance. ...Read more

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Is Ceftin (cefuroxime) going to be effective for treating Cellulitis or any other antib which will work better!!!

Is Ceftin (cefuroxime) going to be effective for treating Cellulitis or any other antib which will work better!!!

Likely: Ceftin (cefuroxime) can work fairly well for simple skin infections however there are other antibiotics that may be needed for complicated skin infections. ...Read more

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Have cellulitis from abcess under arm. Marked with blue pen make sure not worsening. Have exceeded blue line by 2+" Wait for antibiotics to work?

Have cellulitis from abcess under arm. Marked with blue pen make sure not worsening. Have exceeded blue line by 2+" Wait for antibiotics to work?

See your MD: If the redness is past the original ink line and you have started antibiotics for over a day, you need to see your MD, likely need a new course or treatment plan. ...Read more

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Does polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) work on leech bite?

Does polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) work on leech bite?

Leech bite: Not sure what you mean by work. First take the leech off. Then clean and then polysporin is reasonable. ...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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I don't have polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin or anything to put on before the band aid. Is there anything else that would work?

I don't have polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin or anything to put on before the band aid. Is there anything else that would work?

Neosporin: While, it may possibly be of some benefit, there is no documented proof that topical ointments such as neosporin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) increase healing. Most important is to keep the site clean and ti keep it covered. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis in rt foot for 6 days but have to return to work tomorrow. It feels hard and very sore! Should I go to work! I'm in construction?

Have you: Been seen and treated? If your diagnosis is accurate you need to be treated with antibiotics. If the infection is better, no fever, no lymph nodes in your groin you could go back, but the best would be to be seen and get the doctor's input... ...Read more

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Cellulitis on nostril treating w Oregano oil. Appeared yesterday. Will topical application work to clear up or do I need to ingest as well?

Cellulitis on nostril treating w Oregano oil. Appeared yesterday. Will topical application work to clear up or do I need to ingest as well?

See doctor: Cellulitis any where is a serious matter and on the face it is doubly serious. Oregano oil is not a treatment for cellulitis. Please see your doctor or go the hospital for a proper treatment. ...Read more

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I been DX with cellulitis and staph infection, the only medicine works is Vancomycin 1.2g.the dr won't listen to me about the meds that work for me.

I been DX with cellulitis and staph infection, the only medicine works is Vancomycin 1.2g.the dr won't listen to me about the meds that work for me.

Stick with vanco!: Your doctor is correct. Past antibiotics that "work for you" are irrelevant. Infection cure depends only on the bacteria causing it and which are antibiotics active against it. Don't mess with this. Staph cellulitis can be very dangerous and you might have MRSA; vancomycin is normal Rx to start. Maybe possible to change later if lab testing shows other antibiotic is active against your own staph. ...Read more

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Crp20 WBC 20 is it safe to gave dental work done. Post bacterial cellulitis and intensive antibotic treatment?

Crp20 WBC 20 is it safe to gave dental work done. Post bacterial cellulitis and intensive antibotic treatment?

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 best antibiotic for Preseptal Cellulitis caused by a sinus infection? My eye lid is slightly swollen. Was given Clarithromycin 500mg 2x/ day. Is that the best course of treatment? Augmentin doesn't work for me. What else should I do?

Ophthalmology: I would do lid hygiene four times a day with baby shampoo and cotton balls, use moxiflxacin drops twice a day for a week, and doxycycline 100 twice a day by mouth. I would use hot compress to help drain the collection and keep the head elevated. You should see an ophthalmologist to ensure your vision is safe. In severe cases IV antibiotics and surgical drainage are indicated. ...Read more

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