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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.

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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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Please tell me precautions after treatment for cellulitis at lower leg. I often have swelling at the lower leg?

Please tell me precautions after treatment for cellulitis at lower leg. I often have swelling at the lower leg?

Treat swelling: The key to long term success and prevention of future problems is to aggressively treat the leg swelling. Wound centers often use multilayer compression wraps to get swelling controlled and compression stockings to maintain it. You might also be a candidate for a home compression pump or even a venous ablation procedure. Ask your doctor about these treatments.

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I was diagnosed with cellulitis bad circulation in my legs is there some kind of treatment for this?

I was diagnosed with cellulitis bad circulation in my legs is there some kind of treatment for this?

Yes for both: Cellulitis is skin infection and is treated with antibiotics-- typically you need to have an adequate blood supply in order for the antibiotics to reach the site of infection though. If your blood supply is poor, you would need further studies to identify why and where exactly the problem is, such as angiogram, ct or mri, and then there are many options to improve it with stents, bypass etc

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Information on cellulitis front sprained ankle. Recuperation time. Treatment besides antibiotics, elevation and ice?

Information on cellulitis front sprained ankle. Recuperation time. Treatment besides antibiotics, elevation and ice?

Have it evaluated.: It is not common to get an infection due to an ankle sprain unless there is an open wound. If indeed it is infected you would need antibiotics to treat it. Rest and elevate your foot.

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I have a bad abcess with cellulitis on my leg I don't have insurance is there anything I can do at home to help and can cellulitis cause chest pain?

I have a bad abcess with cellulitis on my leg I don't have insurance is there anything I can do at home to help and can cellulitis cause chest pain?

See doc: While I sympathathize, I would not advise trying to treat what you describe as a bad abscess at home. Typically this will need antibiotics and incision/drainage. An urgent care can likely do this for you reasonably cheaply. Sometimes the abscess may spontaneously rupture and drain, and you could place a warm moist towel to try to expedite this, but you need to see a doc. Chest pain needs doc.

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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.

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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.

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ER doc says my ankle has severe cellulitis- after IV drip of antibiotics I'm sent home with more antibiotics - is very swollen how long I'm better?

ER doc says my ankle has severe cellulitis- after IV drip of antibiotics I'm sent home with more antibiotics - is very swollen how long I'm better?

Depends: If you don't have any medical conditions that could slow down your recovery, you should start seeing improvement in the next 48 hours or so and complete improvement in about a week or so. You will need to complete your antibiotics course even if you have take them longer than a week. Follow up with your PCP in the next few days to make sure you're improving.

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What is cellulitis in the leg?

What is cellulitis in the leg?

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.

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My sister has cellulitis in her leg. Will she lose her leg if it continues to spread? How can it be treated?

My sister has cellulitis in her leg. Will she lose her leg if it continues to spread? How can it be treated?

Not always infection: Cellultitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause 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, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion.

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I had cellulitis 3 months ago and now have it again! Same leg but on other side of that leg. Why am I getting it so often all the sudden?

I had cellulitis 3 months ago and now have it again! Same leg but on other side of that leg. Why am I getting it so often all the sudden?

Is it cellultis?: Other possibility is that it is not cellulits. Lupus other skin conditions can present as redness. Paticularly with this recurring I would get it checked.

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In the past six months I've had cellulitis three times. The first two were on one leg and 2 months apart and the third one is on other leg. Why recur?

In the past six months I've had cellulitis three times. The first two were on one leg and 2 months apart and the third one is on other leg. Why recur?

Because of germs: That are on the skin. About 10% of the population has germs that can cause disease on the skin (staph epidermatis. The 90%, can't invade staph aureus can). People tend to have the same germs over time. Also, cellulitis has germs in it, and they can get into other spots (but since that would be occurring DURING treatment, that is NOT likely to be the reason. And that the germs sit ON you IS)

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What to do if I have cellulitis. Should I elevate my leg while sleeping?

What to do if I have cellulitis. Should I elevate my leg while sleeping?

Yes: Not a bad idea-- will help with some swelling. Just prop up on a pillow or 2.

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Purple blotches on my legs very itchy could it be cellulitis?

Purple blotches on my legs very itchy could it be cellulitis?

Cellulitis: This does not sound like cellulitis. Itchy bumps sound more like urticaria, or allergic reaction. Can you send a picture?

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How long does the leg that had cellulitis take tocalm down abd not be so swollen?

How long does the leg that had cellulitis take tocalm down abd not be so swollen?

Inflammation: This is highly variable. Depends on the cause of the cellulitis, the appropriateness of the antibiotic therapy, the extent of involvement and the overall health of the patient. Swelling may persist for weeks, even if the infection has cleared, and more if it has not been entirely eliminated.

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Should I wear compression stockings after having cellulitis on my leg?

Should I wear compression stockings after having cellulitis on my leg?

OK after resolution: Compression stocking is useful to help reduce edema (swelling) of the legs. However, if you have active cellulitis (infection of the skin), the pressure from compression stocking may cause further inflammation. Instead, during an active infection, I generally recommend leg elevation to reduce swelling. Once the infection is resolved, then you can resume using you're compression stocking.

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