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How long does cellulitis last?

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

Dr. Michael Miller
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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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How long does cellulitis usually last?

How long does cellulitis usually last?

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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For cellulitis how long will discoloration last?

For cellulitis how long will discoloration last?

SLow change: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation to do so which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells get deposited in the area and give it the brownish coloration you see. Over time, there will be some fading as the injury matures. ...Read more

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Cellulitis has clear the swelling and reddess gone but still very painful and some time blueish how long done that last? Cellulitis was in my right ha

Cellulitis has clear the swelling and reddess gone but still very painful and some time blueish how long done that last? Cellulitis was in my right ha

Will slowly improve: Like most other diseases there is a recovery or convalescent phase. Is it in your hand? Unusual to feel pain. If symptoms don't start to settle down soon would follow up with doctor ...Read more

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My mum had cellulitis 12 weeks ago & recovered. She still gets a tingling feeling in her affected leg, is this normal and how long can it last for?

My mum had cellulitis 12 weeks ago & recovered. She still gets a tingling feeling in her affected leg, is this normal and how long can it last for?

Yes be patient: 12 weeks seems like a long time and quite honestly it's possible that some degree of neuropathy may also last in her legs but the symptoms of paresthesias or tingling are as a result of the infection. Depending upon severity she may take up to a few more months or up to 1 year to resolve. Cellulits of the leg can be serous all structures affected can be altered for some time afterward. ...Read more

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My throat is burning and I threw up after taking clindamycin prescribed for cellulitis. What will help and how long can I expect the burning to last?

Chemical ulcer: Some medications are very tough on the lining of the esophagus and stomach. Some liquid antacids could help but if symptoms persist consult your gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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How long can cellulitis go undetected?

How long can cellulitis go undetected?

Not long: If you have cellulitis the infection that is caused by it could produce pain with in hours. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis take to treat?

How long does cellulitis take to treat?

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. Time to heal is based on cause. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis take to resolve?

How long does cellulitis take to resolve?

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 long does cellulitis takes to recover?

How long does cellulitis takes to recover?

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 long does it take cellulitis to resolve?

How long does it take cellulitis to resolve?

What's the cause?: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation to do so which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells get deposited int he area and give it the brownish coloration you see. Over time, there will be some fading as the injury matures. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cellulitis to heal?

How long does it take for cellulitis to heal?

1-2 weeks: How long a skin infection will take to heal depends on many factors like i) the amount of skin affected ii) pre-existing conditions [diabetes, circulation, older age] iii) whether you can elevate the area e.g. foot iv) if you take your antibiotics on time & every time.
Expect to see a noticeable improvement in 48-72 hours and then gradual resolution (redness, pain, size of rash) over 1-2 weeks ...Read more

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How long will it take for my cellulitis to go away?

How long will it take for my cellulitis to go away?

Many Causes: 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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Help please? How long can you live with cellulitis with out taking meds.?

It depends: On many factors;
1. do you also have fever, body aches or any other symptoms?
2. how bad or extensive is the cellulitis? ;
3. where is the cellulitis, that is the location; face, head, legs etc?

Without knowing the answer to the above or examining you, it will be difficult to answer your question.
You may want to go see your doctor ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my cellulitis symptoms lasted a week and disappeared completely a month ago, am I cured?

What do you suggest if my cellulitis symptoms lasted a week and disappeared completely a month ago, am I cured?

Cellulitis gone: If you had cellulitis and the symptoms have disappeared after one month, you are technically free of cellulitis but you must avoid what caused it. Do not scratch yourself without washing your hands and nails first. Use a clean soft tooth brush over the area that had the cellulitis if it gets itchy. Use daily skin moisturizers Containing Vitamin E and Zinc to keep the skin healthy. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get over cellulitis?

Depends on cause: A better question is why did you have it. There may be an underlying situation making you prone to it. Also note that half the diagnoses are not cellulitis but something else which should be recognized and managed. ...Read more

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How long does it normally take to get over cellulitis?

Several weeks: The antibiotic will be finished in 10-14 days, but the swelling and color change will persist even for weeks to months. Bromelian will help these post infection problems. ...Read more

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My cellulitis symptoms lasted a week and disappeared completely a month ago, Could it come back?

Red, hot, swollen: If you had cellulitis one month ago, unless you reinfect yourself, it should not reappear. Sometimes, if you scratch yourself with dirty nails, or with an object that is not clean, the cellulitis may return. Wash well with soap and water and don't scratch. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis that I'm under medication for. Is it safe to drive a long trip if it hasn't completely healed?

Possibly not: The safest course of action is not to take a long driving trip until your leg is totally healed. ...Read more

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How long for cellulitis to clear up after vancomycin 1gram, 2 doses? Can it get worse before getting better, initially after completing cancomycin?

A few days: Cellulitis usually needs at least a couple of days to start improving after starting antibiotic treatment, and indeed the symptoms can worsen for a day or two. It usually takes a couple of weeks to completely clear up entirely. To be safest, contact the doctor treating you -- but in the meantime, continue treatment as prescribed. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take an antibiotic to work on cellulitis?

How long does it take an antibiotic to work on cellulitis?

7-10 days: Once effective antibiotics are started for cellulitis there is usually improvement in 2-3 days. It may take 7-10 days of treatment for it to completely resolve. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a spider bite cellulitis to heal?

How long does it take for a spider bite cellulitis to heal?

Natural Healing: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. The key is to do things that reduce the parts of inflammation such as ice, compression, elevation and antiinflammatory medications in the first 24hrs. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cellulitis to heal with antibiotics?

How long does it take for cellulitis to heal with antibiotics?

Depends: If cellulitis is bacterial and you have an antibiotic that the bug is sensitive to, there can be dramatic improvement (assuming you are in good health, etc). Might take longer to have a less sensitive bug respond. Lots of variables here, of course, but you get the idea. I hope you get well soon! ...Read more

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How long does it take cellulitis to heal after you start antibiotics?

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 long after beginning treatment for cellulitis do the symptoms begin to go away?

Tx cellulitis?: Depends upon the organism causing the cellulitis, the initiation of the treatments, etc. Best to see in person an infectious disease doctor. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ceftriaxone IV take to start working? I've had 3 out of 5 doses to treat cellulitis

Several days: It takes several days for IV ax's to start working. Five days seem a bit short though. May need longer treatment with IV ax's and ax's per oral. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis and got prescribed antibiotics last night. I started taking them but the pain is worse today than yesterday. Should I be worried?

Call your doctor: You did not mention the site of your infection. If the infection is getting worse, you should notify your doctor immediately. You may need systemic (iv or im) antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long to recover from periorbital cellulitis?

How long to recover from periorbital cellulitis?

Periorbital cellulit: Recovery time will vary with the organism causing the infection, the severity of the infection at the time treatment is initiated, the immune status of the patient and the drug chosen and the route of administration and dose. It should generally respond quickly but may need 7-10 days of treatment to insure that it has been eliminated. ...Read more

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How long the swollen of the feet when you have cellulitis?

How long the swollen of the feet when you have cellulitis?

3 days: Most patients need Antibiotics for Cellulitis. It takes on average 3 days for the swelling to go away. Should it persist longer, there could be possibility of resistant infection or other cause. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long to completely recover from Cellulitis? Does Cellulitis stay in your body forever? Does Cellulitis cause nerve damage?

How long to completely recover from Cellulitis? Does Cellulitis stay in your body forever? Does Cellulitis cause nerve damage?

Depends: Cellulitis is inflammation of the skin and underlying soft tissue in a certain area. It can have many causes, and the duration of it will depend on how long it takes the underlying cause, such as infection, to resolve. It can take anywhere from a day or two to a few weeks. Sometimes it requires an operation to remove the affected tissue. It is rare for nerves to be permanently affected. ...Read more

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How long before antibiotics heal cellulitis? My doctor said I should feel better in a few days. Well it’s been three days and I still feel horrible and my arm is still red and painful. Should I wait a little longer for the drugs to work or should I call m

How long before antibiotics heal cellulitis? My doctor said I should feel better in a few days. Well it’s been three days and I still feel horrible and my arm is still red and painful. Should I wait a little longer for the drugs to work or should I call m

Numerous factors: Recovery time fro m cellulitis varies widely due to many factors including how sensitive the bacteria are to the antibiotic. As long as it isn't getting worse three days is ok. Be sure too take the entire prescription even if symptoms go away in a couple of days if not improving by day 5-7 then call the office. Make note that asking how long is a good question to ask the prescribier 1st visit. ...Read more

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How long do antibiotics take to heal orbital cellulitis?

How long do antibiotics take to heal orbital cellulitis?

Days weeks: It generally takes antibiotics several days to catch up with the infection. Then it might take days weeks to eradicate the infection. ...Read more

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How long before periorbital cellulitis turns into full orbital cellulitis?

Can happen quickly: It is imperative to treat a periorbital cellulitis quickly to avoid it crossing into the orbit. ...Read more

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For how long does it take before periorbital cellulitis turns into orbital cellulitis?

Treatment should: Prevent the cellulitis from progressing to orbital cellulitis. Orbital cellulitis is very serious and is not something we wait to treat. ...Read more

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I'm on Day 2 of Keflex for cellulitis. How long until I start seeing reduced redness and some pain relief?

I'm on Day 2 of Keflex for cellulitis. How long until I start seeing reduced redness and some pain relief?

See below: If the diagnosis and the antibiotic had been a match, you would have seen changes in the lesion and pain relief. It would be prudent to contact your doctor for a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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How long before scrotal cellulitis becomes dangerous? Most common signs and symptoms of scrotal cellulitis?

How long before scrotal cellulitis becomes dangerous? Most common signs and symptoms of scrotal cellulitis?

Get to a doctor: Inflammation, tenderness, swelling. It may be secondary to a superficial skin infection or inflammation of the testis, and urgent evaluation is necessary. If left untreated infections can progress and become life-threatening. Patients who are more susceptible to these infections are diabetics and men who are immunocomprimised. Signs and symptoms are skin discoloration (red), swelling, tenderness. ...Read more