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Does cellulitis require a hospital stay?

Does cellulitis require a hospital stay?

Only in severe cases: Small areas of infection can easily be treated as an outpatient or in the clinic. When fever, chills and systemic symptoms occur or the cellulitis covers an extesive area of the extremity or trunk, then hospitalization should be strongly considered. ...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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I was admitted in the hospital for severe cellulitis in Nov 2016 and it never truly healed. Now I seem to have the same issue except it is on my butto?

I was admitted in the hospital for severe cellulitis in Nov 2016 and it never truly healed. Now I seem to have the same issue except it is on my butto?

Details matter: Cellulitis where? Cause? Treatment? Most diagnoses of cellulitis are mistakes. When these people are cared for by dermatologists the correct diagnoses are made and resulting therapy is much more effective. Failure to respond to cellulitis is because it is not cellulitis or because the underlying cause was not addressed. ...Read more

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I just got out of the hospital for cellulitis, & tomorrow I have school. Is it safe for me to go to school?

I just got out of the hospital for cellulitis, & tomorrow I have school. Is it safe for me to go to school?

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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I am recovering from cellulitis. I was discharged from hospital about ywo weeks ago. I am on IV sntibiotics and unna boots. I have chills. Is this ok?

I am recovering from cellulitis. I was discharged from hospital about ywo weeks ago. I am on IV sntibiotics and unna boots. I have chills. Is this ok?

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. Try profore instead of unna's. ...Read more

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Was ivdu now clean 2y. Painful memories, hate myself. Can I not tell new doc abt history of related hospital stay (cellulitis) so I can move on?

Was ivdu now clean 2y. Painful memories, hate myself. Can I not tell new doc abt history of related hospital stay (cellulitis) so I can move on?

You have a choice: But it is important for your doctor to know your entire history. Speaking for myself, I would not judge you for your past except to reemphasize that you did good by getting past it. ...Read more

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Was admitted to hospital w cellulitis. Home now w nausea fever chills and sweats. Is that because of infection or did I pick up the flu?

Was admitted to hospital w cellulitis. Home now w nausea fever chills and sweats. Is that because of infection or did I pick up the flu?

Difficult to say: It could be that the cellulitis is not getting better. I would follow-up with your treating provider for a check up, so that they can look at the area of cellulitis to see if it is better or worse. In the mean time, continue to take the medications you were prescribed when you were discharged from the hospital, unless your doctor tells you to stop. ...Read more

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If I just got out of the hospital for cellulitis they think from a curbing my toe but I also may have a crack on my ankle bone. Could this be the caus?

If I just got out of the hospital for cellulitis they think from a curbing my toe but I also may have a crack on my ankle bone. Could this be the caus?

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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Recently had cellulitis in my leg treated in hospital with antibotic now I have it on my stomach, no trauma involved. Hard lump under redness?

Go back to doctor: Asap. Without knowing the actual organism involved I can only tell you that most cases of cellulitis are caused by strep pyogenes or staph aureus. Two bad acting bugs and ones that have the capacity to be highly destructive of normal issues and potentially life-threatening. You need to see somebody now! ...Read more

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I am in hospital w/a "gram+ bacillus" sepsis. 6/8 blood culture bottles are +. Caused by a dirty cut then severe cellulitis. I have heart vegetation from it they say. Also on CellCept. Can you educate me on what's the significance of heart vegetation?

I am in hospital w/a "gram+ bacillus" sepsis. 6/8 blood culture bottles are +. Caused by a dirty cut then severe cellulitis. I have heart vegetation from it they say. Also on CellCept. Can you educate me on what's the significance of heart vegetation?

Endocarditis.: What you describe is endocarditis. The vegetations harbor the bacteria that are identified when blood cultures are obtained. Sepsis, heart failure as well as "septic emboli" are potential complications 6 weeks of IV antibiotics followed by repeat blood cultures and follow up echocardiogram to insure treatment was adequate. ...Read more

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My son recently got a very severe case of chickenpox requiring hospital admission and developed a secondary infection and cellulitis of the eye. Will my daughter who suffers febrile seizures also get the same severity of it?

My son recently got a very severe case of chickenpox requiring hospital admission and developed a secondary infection and cellulitis of the eye. Will my daughter who suffers febrile seizures also get the same severity of it?

Hard to predict: Her history of febrile seizures would have no relationship to whether or not she has a significant problem. Incubation period is 10-21 days with average 14. If she breaks out and you bathe her often & monitor the spots, you can stop most 2ndary infections before they get out of hand. ...Read more

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I have a cellultis on my breast which I was in the hospital 4 but today I am getting sharp pains in it do u know y could it mean its coming back?

I have a cellultis on my breast which I was in the hospital 4 but today I am getting sharp pains in it do u know y could it mean its coming back?

Possible: Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin. Signs and symptoms of cellulitis are increased warmth, redness and tenderness over the infected area. Patients may also have a fever.

Diabetic patients are more subject to inspections including cellulitis. Patients with cellulitis should be seen by physician as soon as possible. Mild cases can be treated with oral antibiotics but more severe cases may need hospitalization and intravenous medication. ...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?

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

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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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 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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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?

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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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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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?

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