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My husband is on his 4th day of antibiotics for cellulitis. His finger is now not only red but looks like a big pus pocket is under his skin. Shud he?

My husband is on his 4th day of antibiotics for cellulitis. His finger is now not only red but looks like a big pus pocket is under his skin. Shud he?

Yes. You should: Take him in to the ER to have an incision and drainage performed. Hand infections can worsen rapidly and usually what you see on the outside is the tip of the iceberg. Don't want to mess around with hand infections. Get it evaluated and treated ASAP. ...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


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I had cellulitis in my left finger and now I notice that my right finger has it. It is pussing.Could this mean its in my blood?

I had cellulitis in my left finger and now I notice that my right finger has it. It is pussing.Could this mean its in my blood?

No.: The presence and drainage of pus does not mean that the infection is in your blood. But it does mean that you should be receiving treatment forthwith. If you're not receiving treatment already, get evaluated locally for antibiotic and/or drainage. ...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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A few months ago i had cellulitis in my finger i think i may have it again. My finger is red warm swollen n very painful! what should I do?

A few months ago i had cellulitis in my finger i think i may have it again. My finger is red warm swollen n very painful! what should I do?

See your doctor: If you have an infection it needs to be treated with antibiotics and even possibly surgery to drain the infection. Also there are other medical conditions that can cause a red warm swollen painful digit. ...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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Swelling on both shins, no pain, not warm, slight redness, and when I push on the skin it makes a dent, like play doh. I have had cellulitis before, but the similarity is the dent in the skin after pushing on it with my finger.

Swelling on both shins, no pain, not warm, slight redness, and when I push on the skin it makes a dent, like play doh. I have had  cellulitis before, but the similarity is the dent in the skin after pushing on it with my finger.

Lymph edema: Swelling the causes "pitting edema" with dents after compassion may be a sign of systemic disease including possible congestive heart failure. Long standing pitting edema leads to increasing multiple morbidties including stasis dermatitis and painful ulcerations. Simple blood pressure management and otc compression hose are possibilities. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

Cellulitis.: Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin. It's superficial and treatable with antibiotics, either topical or oral. Some infections can be very severe and possibly deadly (MRSA), so don't take cellulitis lightly. See a doctor if you have symptoms of redness, warmth and tenderness of an area of your skin, especially if you have fever, chills or sweats. ...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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