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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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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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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 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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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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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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