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Medicine For Cellulitis
Not really: Kinda depends on the cause-- true cellulitis represents an infection of the skin and so needs antibiotics. Occasionally you can improve the inflammation aspect with some otc steroid cream and oral antiinflammatory agent like ibuprofen, but really need antibiotics. If it is a dermatitis, which some may confuse with a cellulitis, then the cream etc may suffice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What over the counter medicines would relieve cellulitis or infections of the like that is not an ointment or cream?
Bad shape: Hi. That's some bad shape you're in. Most likely your cellulitis & osteomyelitis are in a foot. You need a wound clinic, wound debridement, longterm IV antibiotics, assure adequate arterial supply (may require revascularization), maybe hyperbaric oxygen, and really good, tight blood sugar control. I hope this can be healed and not require amputation; amputation is not the end of the world, however ...Read more
I was wondering how would preorbital cellulitis look after taking medicine does it pop like a pimple?
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 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cellulitis foot-Started cephalexin this afternoon.Much less pain,but swelling/red spreading tonight.Just need to give medicine time, right? Thx!
Seek help: Advancing infection is bad... If the redness is spreading I would go to the emergency room immediately ... ...Read more
I been DX with cellulitis and staph infection, the only medicine works is Vancomycin 1.2g.the dr won't listen to me about the meds that work for me.
Stick with vanco!: Your doctor is correct. What antibiotics "worked for you" in the past is irrelevant. Cure of infections depends only on the bacteria causing the problem and which antibiotics will kill it. Staph cellulitis can be very dangerous and you might have MRSA; vancomycin is normal treatment to start. Maybe possible to change antibiotic later if lab testing shows others to be active against your own staph. ...Read more
My motherwas told that she has cellulitis in her feet & legs, but he didn't give her medicine. Should she be taking antibiotics?
See a dermatologist: If both legs, probably not cellulitis. This type of infection usually causes fever & pain. If she has pus, fever, pain she will benefit from antibiotic. Does she have swollen ankles? Itch? She may have edema due to vein disease, heart disease, kidney or liver disease. Is she fat? Does she sit or stand for long periods? Chronic edema with stasis dermatitis responds to treatments other than antibiot. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Many Causes: Cellulitis 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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Skin infection: Cellulitis is infection and inflammation (redness, tenderness, swelling) of the skin. When antibiotics are used, a bacterial skin infection goes away over a week, if the person is healthy and the bacteria are not resistant to the medication. Slow healing or persistent inflammation means a return visit to the doctor is needed, to see if there is another underlying condition for the infection. ...Read more
Cellulitis is severe: Cellulitis is an infection. If you are healthy, the infection usually will improve once treatment begins. However, if neglected it can be serious and can spread systemically. Go see hour doctor or other health professional and get an antibiotic for the infection. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer