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How can cellulitis spread?

How can cellulitis spread?

Bloodstream: Bacteria can spread through the blood throughout the body potentially in rare cases becoming a serious whole body infection. ...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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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. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis on my scalp and I just got on to some antibiotics. Can it still spread while I'm on those antibiotics?

I have cellulitis on my scalp and I just got on to some antibiotics. Can it still spread while I'm on those antibiotics?

Probably not: Its good your doctor started you on antibiotics but after a normal course about 7- 10 day should be re checked to made sure no further progression of cellulitis. ...Read more

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How common is it for cellulitis to spread to distant locations? Treated for facial cellulitis and now I have it on my leg requiring a new antibiotic

How common is it for cellulitis to spread to distant locations? Treated for facial cellulitis and now I have it on my leg requiring a new antibiotic

Not uncommon: Especially if it is invasive bacteria, such as MRSA. If you get too many of them, you should be tested for conditions that predispose you to infection, such as diabetes. ...Read more

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Painful tender area of skin. Was a bit red yesterday. Dr said cellulitis. Red disappeared. Still pain tender which spread. Could this be something else?

Painful tender area of skin. Was a bit red yesterday. Dr said cellulitis. Red disappeared. Still pain tender which spread. Could this be something else?

Possibly: But doubt it. Will probably take several days for the pain to resolve. Continue your antibiotics. If concerned see your doctor. ...Read more

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I got left big toe cellulitis. How I gonna to treat it or need to avoid any food? How to prevent it spreads?

I got left big toe cellulitis. How I gonna to treat it or need to avoid any food? How to prevent it spreads?

WHAT CAUSED IT?: What caused the cellulitis? Ingrown toenail, cut, puncture, blister, or callus? Identify the source and treat if possible. These types of infections generally require antibiotics (topical or oral). Its best to have it treated by a professional. ...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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Got diagnosed with cellulitis in my lower leg today and now my kneecap is really bothering me. Could this have spread to my bone or unrelated?

Got diagnosed with cellulitis in my lower leg today and now my kneecap is really bothering me. Could this have spread to my bone or unrelated?

Not likely: It probably didn't spread to the bone but it is possible it spread to the joint. You should have it examined as it's an emergency to have a septic joint. ...Read more

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I have an abcess above my knee its so painful I can't hardly walk and the pain has spread up my leg toward my groin does this sound like cellulitis?

I have an abcess above my knee its so painful I can't hardly walk and the pain has spread up my leg toward my groin does this sound like cellulitis?

I agree: You need to see a doctor to sse if you have a more serious cellulitis called necrotizing fascitis. You may need surgery for the cellulitis abscess plus to rule out necrotizing fascitis. See a docto now for you will need probably IV anibiotics and surgery to drain the abscess. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have joint pain with cellulitis? Infected wound on knuckle. Pain has spread from just the cut to deep in the knuckle joint

Is it normal to have joint pain with cellulitis? Infected wound on knuckle. Pain has spread from just the cut to deep in the knuckle joint

It is possible: If a cellulitis spreads it can infect adjacent and deeper structures such as bone and joints. If that happens you would need to have it treated aggressively. You may need and incision and drainage and possible intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long for cellulitis of the hand (spread to mid wrist) 2 heal for a patient w a weakened immune system? Caused by blown vein post-IV. On cephalexin

How long for cellulitis of the hand (spread to mid wrist) 2 heal for a patient w a weakened immune system? Caused by blown vein post-IV. On cephalexin

TimeHealsAllWounds: Hard to say. Depends on the severity of the infection, whether the infection had extended inside the vein, the degree of your immunosuppression and the susceptibility of the infection to the cephalexin.Healing tends to be slower at first then accelerate as healing progresses. But for a very general ballpark estimate for you, expect the majority to heal over 2 weeks, then more over the next 1-2 weeks. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin manifest by redness, pain and swelling spreading in the skin. It is most commonly found on the lower extremity and is caused mostly by group a strep or staph. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis = inflammation of the skin often due to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Many Causes: Cellulitis 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. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

Inflammation: Cellulitis is redness and inflammation of the skin. Often associated with infection. May need treated with antibiotics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is infection and inflammation (redness, tenderness, swelling) of the skin. When antibiotics are used, a bacterial skin infection goes away over a week, if the person is healthy and the bacteria are not resistant to the medication. Slow healing or persistent inflammation means a return visit to the doctor is needed, to see if there is another underlying condition for the infection. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

Cellulitis is severe: Cellulitis is an infection. If you are healthy, the infection usually will improve once treatment begins. However, if neglected it can be serious and can spread systemically.
Go see hour doctor or other health professional and get an antibiotic for the infection. ...Read more

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What causes cellulitis?

Bacteria: Infection inside the skin with swelling and heat which requires oral antibiotics for 10 days. Recurrences are possible. Treat any athletes foot infection to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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How does cellulitis start?

How does cellulitis start?

Any skin opening: Any skin opening from a bug bite to an injury or scratch can allow bacteria to penetrate into the skin and grow which is cellulitis. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause death?

Can cellulitis cause death?

Yes: Cellulitis is a description of a skin infection most commonly caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus. If the organism causing the infection spreads to the blood stream sepsis and shock can result. Sepsis can be fatal, especially in someone with other medical problems like diabetes. ...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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How do you treat cellulitis?

How do you treat cellulitis?

Streaking infection: Cellulitis may appear as a small streak over the skin due to an infection or it may appear as redness surrounding an infection. The skin can get red and streaks can appear to and from a wound. Skin may get cellulitis from a simple scratch with dirty fingernails. Be careful and avoid this by washing your hands and stop scratching your skin. ...Read more

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Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Find the cause: Cellulitis 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. ...Read more

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How can I reduce cellulitis?

How can I reduce cellulitis?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis 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. ...Read more

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How do people get cellulitis?

How do people get cellulitis?

Crack in skin: Bacteria invade lymphatics amd blood through a crack in the feet- ath
tees foot or through trauma that allows entry. ...Read more

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Is there tests for cellulitis?

No: Just clinical exam of swelling het and redness not associated with a vein problem. See a doctor if there is any chance that you have cellulitis. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis last?

Weeks: If untreated itvwill not resolve and get worse with bacteria spreading into your system. Must be treated early with appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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What does cellulitis look like?

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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How to ease pain from cellulitis?

How to ease pain from cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Most of the time, treatment involves antibiotics taken by mouth and close follow-up by your doctor. You may be given painkillers.

You should raise the infected area higher than your heart to reduce swelling. Rest until your symptoms improve. ...Read more