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Is there any OTC medicine for cellulitis?

Is there any OTC 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 more

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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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What over the counter medicines would relieve cellulitis or infections of the like that is not an ointment or cream?

What over the counter medicines would relieve cellulitis or infections of the like that is not an ointment or cream?

Rx medications: Cellulitis is a medical issue and could lead to serious conditions (i.e. septic shock, necrotizing fasciitis). It is advisable to seek out a physician to help evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Many: There isn't just one medication used to treat cellulitis and osteomyelitis. Intravenous antibiotics and surgery are normally used to treat osteomyelitis and cellulitis can be treated with either intravenous or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

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

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Please help! What is the drug for diabetes with cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Please help! What is the drug for diabetes with cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Imprecise?: You take whatever meds you need to get sugar controlled

and you take correct antibiotics for bacteria they culture from/ or assume is causing your cellulitis. ...Read more

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I was wondering how would preorbital cellulitis look after taking medicine does it pop like a pimple?

I was wondering how would preorbital cellulitis look after taking medicine does it pop like a pimple?

Cellulitis: Doesn't pop like a pimple - but an abscess could. Please seek medical care if you have significant periorbital cellulitis. ...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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My both legs has cellulitis since 2005. What medicine should I take to cure it? Help me.

My both legs has cellulitis since 2005. What medicine should I take to cure it? Help me.

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 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.

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. Past antibiotics that "work for you" are irrelevant. Infection cure depends only on the bacteria causing it and which are antibiotics active against it. Don't mess with this. Staph cellulitis can be very dangerous and you might have MRSA; vancomycin is normal Rx to start. Maybe possible to change later if lab testing shows other antibiotic is active against your own staph. ...Read more

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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 more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin manifest by redness, pain and swelling spreading in the skin. It is most commonly found on the lower extremity and is caused mostly by group a strep or staph. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis = inflammation of the skin often due to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

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 more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Inflammation: Cellulitis is redness and inflammation of the skin. Often associated with infection. May need treated with antibiotics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

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

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

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 more

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What causes cellulitis?

What causes cellulitis?

Bacteria: Infection inside the skin with swelling and heat which requires oral antibiotics for 10 days. Recurrences are possible. Treat any athletes foot infection to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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How does cellulitis start?

How does cellulitis start?

Any skin opening: Any skin opening from a bug bite to an injury or scratch can allow bacteria to penetrate into the skin and grow which is cellulitis. ...Read more

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How can cellulitis spread?

How can cellulitis spread?

Bloodstream: Bacteria can spread through the blood throughout the body potentially in rare cases becoming a serious whole body infection. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause death?

Can cellulitis cause death?

Yes: Cellulitis is a description of a skin infection most commonly caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus. If the organism causing the infection spreads to the blood stream sepsis and shock can result. Sepsis can be fatal, especially in someone with other medical problems like diabetes. ...Read more

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Can you die from cellulitis?

Can you die from cellulitis?

Rarely: The infection in severe cases can spread causing sepsis. It is best to treat early with antibiotics so that infection resolves and does cause complications such as scarring, color change or systemic effects. ...Read more

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How do you treat cellulitis?

How do you treat cellulitis?

Streaking infection: Cellulitis may appear as a small streak over the skin due to an infection or it may appear as redness surrounding an infection. The skin can get red and streaks can appear to and from a wound. Skin may get cellulitis from a simple scratch with dirty fingernails. Be careful and avoid this by washing your hands and stop scratching your skin. ...Read more

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Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Find the cause: 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 more

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How can I reduce cellulitis?

How can I reduce cellulitis?

What's the cause?: 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 more

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How do people get cellulitis?

Crack in skin: Bacteria invade lymphatics amd blood through a crack in the feet- ath
tees foot or through trauma that allows entry. ...Read more

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Is there tests for cellulitis?

No: Just clinical exam of swelling het and redness not associated with a vein problem. See a doctor if there is any chance that you have cellulitis. ...Read more

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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

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What does cellulitis look like?

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 to ease pain from cellulitis?

How to ease pain from cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Most of the time, treatment involves antibiotics taken by mouth and close follow-up by your doctor. You may be given painkillers.

You should raise the infected area higher than your heart to reduce swelling. Rest until your symptoms improve. ...Read more