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How long does it take for skin infection swelling to go down?

How long does it take for skin infection swelling to go down?

Varies: Depends on severity and tissue levels as well as location of infection. Heat should dissipate and redness resolve and swelling will decrease over a few ads. Bromelain orally along with antibiotic can reduce swelling faster often within 24-48 hours. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Scrotal skin infection. Huge swollen lump. On keflex and neosporin. Swelling going down very slowly. Been a week. How long till swelling is gone?

Scrotal skin infection. Huge swollen lump. On keflex and neosporin. Swelling going down very slowly. Been a week. How long till swelling is gone?

Days-week+: As long as the swelling is going down you are moving in the right direction. If the swelling increases in size then go back to your doctor. The time it takes for the swelling to completely clear depends on the size of the swelling originally and your compliance with the medicines. Usually 1 -2 weeks should do it. ...Read more

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Good evening. I've had a chronic head/neck skin infection since 6/2013, with painful swelling, abscess w/odd smelling fluid, tiny hard yellow grain?

Good evening. I've had a chronic head/neck skin infection since 6/2013, with painful swelling, abscess w/odd smelling fluid, tiny hard yellow grain?

Sebaceous cyst: Probably infected and you have gone too long without having it evaluated and treated. You may need a surgical excisional or drainage. Call for an exam and treatment. ...Read more

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On fungus skin infection with swelling if we use steroid cream, what will be result It Increase Infection with 1)More Swelling OR 2)Decrease Swelling?

On fungus skin infection with swelling if we use steroid cream, what will be result It Increase Infection with 1)More Swelling OR 2)Decrease Swelling?

Double-edged Sword: Initially steroid cream can reduce inflammation and swelling from a cutaneous fungal infection. However, with persistent use, steroids can reduce your body's immune system leading to worsening of fungal infection. Prolonged steroid cream use can also cause atrophy and discoloration of skin. ...Read more

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On average, how long does it take for an oral antibiotic for a skin infection take to take effect?

On average, how long does it take for an oral antibiotic for a skin infection take to take effect?

Hard to say!: There are lots of different germs that can cause infections. No antibiotic helps them all. Doctors make an educated guess of which antibiotic has a good chance of working, (depending on location, health of person & symptoms of the infection), if they don't take a sample for culture, That drug may be effective, partially effective or ineffective, only time will tell. F/u if no change at all in 2-3 d ...Read more

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How long does it take for a staph infection to dissapear if it's just a skin infection?

How long does it take for a staph infection to dissapear if it's just a skin infection?

Infection: Depends on the extent of infection and what is being done. A small amount of folliculitis can resolve with cleaning and topical antibiotic. If you have an abscess it needs drainage and often a few days of antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will a skin infection take to heal?

Can someone tell me how long will a skin infection take to heal?

Depends: Skin healing times vary not only by person, but also the location of the body with the infection, the type and severity of the infection, and what you have done to treat it.
In general it may take a couple of weeks to get back to normal. ...Read more

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My Dr. Prescribed me vibramycin (doxycycline) twice daily for a skin infection but I don't know for how long should I take it??

My Dr. Prescribed me vibramycin (doxycycline) twice daily for a skin infection but I don't know for how long should I take it??

Read the bottle: Directions should be clear on the pharmacy bottle. Usually until the bottle is gone or until your next appointment. Make sure to check for refills.
If you remain stumped give the pharmacy or office a call so you can get an explanation ...Read more

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How long until should I take an antibiotic for skin infection until it s safe to assume it is not working and I should contact my physician?

See below: If you have no apparent improvement within 3-5 days or if the area appears to be, worsening or other significant symptoms, get rechecked. The antibiotic may not be covering a resistant species. ...Read more

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I have an itchy mole. Doctor said its a skin infection and to treat with ointment. How long should it take to heal. Should l get second opinion?

I have an itchy mole. Doctor said its a skin infection and to treat with ointment. How long should it take to heal. Should l get second opinion?

Few weeks: Give it a few weeks. It should start healing up by that time, if not see a dermatologist for evaluation and possible biopsy. In the mean time keep it clean and dry, try not to pick at it and use the ointment given to you by your doctor. ...Read more

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If I have a MRSA skin infection, should I be tested to see if I am a carrier? Also, suggestions on cleaners to wash house down now that I know I have

Check out CDC: 1st the CDC (center for disease control) has a GREAT website resource for you. Look up CDC MRSA. You could be considered infectious. Soap on your body may reduce MRSA, you may use alcohol to spot kill MRSA on your body. Bleach will kill MRSA on floors etc. Hot water and soap should reduce or neutralize most MRSA on laundry. MRSA now occurs in our environment- no way to "remove" it. Be well. ...Read more

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On Doxycycline for malaria prophlaxis. Doc asked to take amoxyciline for skin infection. Is it OK to stop doxy while I'm on amoxy only 5days?

On Doxycycline for malaria prophlaxis. Doc asked to take amoxyciline for skin infection. Is it OK to stop doxy while I'm on amoxy only 5days?

Go back to dr.: Do not stop doxycycline if you are still at risk for malaria (ie still in malarious area, or returned within last 4 wks). Amoxicillin is not compatible with doxy, your doc should prescribe a different antibiotic. Be sure to inform him that you are currently taking doxy. Amoxicillin will not kill malaria parasites in the blood. ...Read more

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How long can until I see effect of terbinafine 250 mg QD for a skin infection on my face that started 11 months ago? Doxyc. Helped, but didn't resolve

How long can until I see effect of terbinafine 250 mg QD for a skin infection on my face that started 11 months ago? Doxyc. Helped, but didn't resolve

Terbinafine: Has your skin infection been proven to be caused by a fungus? Terbinafine is a medication to treat fungal infections. Doxcy combats bacterial infections and may be used in acne cases. If not enough improvement has been made after 11 months of treatment, it may be time to consult a dermatologist for a second opinion. ...Read more

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Have been prescribed the antibiotic zimivir1000 for a skin infection and I am trying to fall pregnant, is this safe to take? Thanks

Have been prescribed the antibiotic zimivir1000 for a skin infection and I am trying to fall pregnant, is this safe to take? Thanks

Maybe ok: Zimivir is not a U.S. Medication. Some websites say zimivir is acyclovir, which is used to treat herpes. Acyclovir is considered safe to take during pregnancy. One should ask the prescribing doctor about it. ...Read more

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I have UTI and skin infection. My doctor prescriped levanic 500mg twice daily, but in the leaflet it's written once daily. Should I take it once or twice?

I have UTI and skin infection. My doctor prescriped levanic 500mg twice daily, but in the leaflet it's written once daily. Should I take it once or twice?

Here are some...: Is Levanic empirically selected or based on urine culture? For treating uncomplicated UTI, 250-500mg po daily is adequate. To help how to take care of UTI, please take time/patience to peruse articles listed in http://formefirst. Com/onUTI. Html; for How to Handle Sickness, go to http://formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Thereby you surely gain insight on how to handle life-/disease-related issues. ...Read more

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Had this skin infection on the outer area of my eye for a long time now. What do I do?

Blepharitis: What you describes sounds like blepharitis. Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition of eyelids in which the oil glands in the lids get clogged. Treatment includes warm compresses and lid scrubs, antibiotics, and sometimes steroid ointment. Artificial tears containing lipid component can also be helpful. Some blephatritis is caused by demodex and lid scrubs containing tea-tree oil can be of benef. ...Read more

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I have 10 days worth of cephalexin 500 mg left from my husbands skin infection. Can I take this for a sinus infection? I am allergic to morphine

No: I applaud your efforts to save money / avoid waste and am glad that you asked first. While Cephalexin may work for some of the bacteria that cause sinus infections it is not the drug of choice so by taking it you would run the risk of side effects for naught.
Allergy to morphine is not a concern in this context. ...Read more

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Currently on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Cephalexin for a skin infection. Added Advil for pain but it still hurts too much. Anything stronger I can take?

Currently on Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Cephalexin for a skin infection. Added Advil for pain but it still hurts too much. Anything stronger I can take?

Assess for abscess: Though other pain meds are available, if you just started the regimen, then you may experiencing increasing pain the day after- it's called the "antibiotic effect". This pain will decrease over the course of treatment. Otherwise, if the infected skin is warm, red, very tender, swollen and boggy/fluctuant, then it may be an abscess- if so, see your prescribing doctor for re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Right swollen foot that won't go down causing severe pain up leg up to the knee, for about six months now after cellitius skin infection, not pitting?

Right swollen foot that won't go down causing severe pain up leg up to the knee, for about six months now after cellitius skin infection, not pitting?

Non pitting edema: Many things can cause swelling of the extremities; trauma, infections, problems with veins, problems with the lymphatics system, heart issues, kidney disease to name a few. I would recommend evaluation by your physician. Elevation and compression stockings may be helpful to treat the swollen areas. ...Read more

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Keep getting candida skin infection & oral thrush I don't have diabetes, I take Delura but with a spacer & I also have low potassium & low vitamin D?

Keep getting candida skin infection & oral thrush I don't have diabetes, I take Delura but with a spacer & I also have low potassium & low vitamin D?

Boost immune system: Work with your doctor to make sure you don't have an undiagnosed condition which is compromising your immune system. Low vitamin D should not cause this, but take recommended replacement. Low potassium? I don't know. I presume you are rinsing your mouth after use of your inhaler. Avoid sugars/alcohol; avoid foods with mold; soak toothbrush in alcohol after use. May need anti-fungal med prophylaxis ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more