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Treating Cellulitis Without Antibiotics
See a dermatologist: Is it your leg? It is very common that other conditions are mistaken as cellulitis. Then the antibiotic is no help. Stasis dermatitis and erythromelalgia are 2 examples of conditions presenting as red- swollen skin but are not infections. Also there may be an underlying problem such as lymphedema which leads to cellulitis. Then it is useful to address the underlying condition to prevent another ce. Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I have some antibiotics leftover from another incident (vibramycin). Can that be used to treat cellulitis?
Infectious cellulitis for a month, treated with antibiotics. Syntoms clearing but redness still there (not bright red). How do I know when it's gone?
Redness: Will subside slowly after an infectious process. It's also typical to go from a red color to a purple color before returning to the normal skin color. Depending on the level of infection it may take a couple months for the residual effects to clear up. Read more
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
I found out yesterday that lisa has cellulitis she was treat with IV antibiotics. Now they want to give her steroids tomorrow is that normal?
I had Cellulitis on elbow 2 mos ago. Treated w/ antibiotics. All visible symptoms & pain gone but it sometimes burns/aches for a sec. Why?
Pain: Cellulitis is a skin infection and it causes swelling and other changes in the skin and surrounding tissues. You are probably experiencing some post residual inflammatory changes that have made the nerves in the area hypersensitive and should go away with time. If not go see your doctor. Read more
I have been on antibiotics for 5 days to treat cellulitis in my armpit, its not improving and very sore, what should I do?
Being treated for cellulitis with antibiotics, today my swollen legs have started to look bruised with a blue/purple tinge. Is it getting worse?
Being treated for cellulitis (antibiotics) since Monday. Should I still have swelling in the foot/ankle? Should I have any tingling in my lower leg?
Minimum time: For resolution is 7-10 days and 2-3 weeks is not uncommon, depending on antibiotics which are used. Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sensitivites: Hopefully, if you were sick enough to need IV antibiotics, cultures were done to see which specific bacteria caused your cellulitis. If so, then the lab also tests to see which drugs the bacteria is "sensitive" to. These are the best ones to use. These can vary depending on the type of bacteria and where the infection is, if you caught it in hospital or at home, etc. As always, finish all the med! Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Potential allergy: Any itching or rash while on an antibiotic or any new drug (even if you have taken it before) could be a sign of an allergy. This could also be a sign of ineffective treatment. You should immediately contact the person who prescribed the medication for further evaluation. Read more
I have cellulitis and have been on antibiotic for 2 days and now it has started to itch...what does that mean?
I had 14 antibiotics shots for cellulitis, 2 weeks ago and I have pain till now at the location of shots. Why?
Intramuscular Injections are painful and require time to have the Muscle heal from them!
Pain is different in everybody! Some are more sensitive than others!
Some people take two to three weeks to be totally pain free after being submitted to scheduled intramuscular antibiotic injections! Read more
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