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Does cellulitis require a hospital stay?

Does cellulitis require a hospital stay?

Only in severe cases: Small areas of infection can easily be treated as an outpatient or in the clinic. When fever, chills and systemic symptoms occur or the cellulitis covers an extesive area of the extremity or trunk, then hospitalization should be strongly considered. ...Read more

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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


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I just got out of the hospital for cellulitis, & tomorrow I have school. Is it safe for me to go to school?

I just got out of the hospital for cellulitis, & tomorrow I have school. Is it safe for me to go to school?

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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I am recovering from cellulitis. I was discharged from hospital about ywo weeks ago. I am on IV sntibiotics and unna boots. I have chills. Is this ok?

I am recovering from cellulitis. I was discharged from hospital about ywo weeks ago. I am on IV sntibiotics and unna boots. I have chills. Is this ok?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be caused 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, the treatment changes. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. Try profore instead of unna's. ...Read more

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Was ivdu now clean 2y. Painful memories, hate myself. Can i not tell new doc abt history of related hospital stay (cellulitis) so i can move on?

Was ivdu now clean 2y. Painful memories, hate myself. Can i not tell new doc abt history of related hospital stay (cellulitis) so i can move on?

Unwise: Your doc should be professional enough to not judge your past indiscretions. If not- get another. I believe it is important for your health to not hold back any past issues-- while many new issues may be unrelated, there are, for example, particular infections which are more common in patients who have used IV drugs, and so it may be important for your health to fully disclose. ...Read more

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If i just got out of the hospital for cellulitis they think from a curbing my toe but i also may have a crack on my ankle bone. Could this be the caus?

If i just got out of the hospital for cellulitis they think from a curbing my toe but i also may have a crack on my ankle bone. Could this be the caus?

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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Was admitted to hospital w cellulitis. Home now w nausea fever chills and sweats. Is that because of infection or did i pick up the flu?

Was admitted to hospital w cellulitis. Home now w nausea fever chills and sweats. Is that because of infection or did i pick up the flu?

Difficult to say: It could be that the cellulitis is not getting better. I would follow-up with your treating provider for a check up, so that they can look at the area of cellulitis to see if it is better or worse. In the mean time, continue to take the medications you were prescribed when you were discharged from the hospital, unless your doctor tells you to stop. ...Read more

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Recently had cellulitis in my leg treated in hospital with antibotic now I have it on my stomach , no trauma involved . Hard lump under redness ?

Go back to doctor: Asap. Without knowing the actual organism involved i can only tell you that most cases of cellulitis are caused by strep pyogenes or staph aureus. Two bad acting bugs and ones that have the capacity to be highly destructive of normal issues and potentially life-threatening. You need to see somebody now! ...Read more

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