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Purple blotches on my legs very itchy could it be cellulitis?

Purple blotches on my legs very itchy could it be cellulitis?

Cellulitis: This does not sound like cellulitis. Itchy bumps sound more like urticaria, or allergic reaction. Can you send a picture? ...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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Why is my right foot turning bluish/purple every time I stand? Recently been diagnosed with cellulitis but doesn't look like it.

Why is my right foot turning bluish/purple every time I stand? Recently been diagnosed with cellulitis but doesn't look like it.

Need much more detai: You left out all the details. What was the evidence that it was cellulitis rather than phlebitis? How have you been treated? Most diagnoses of cellulitis, especially the leg, are wrong when not by dermatologists. ...Read more

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Dx cellulitis/fungal infection, no better x 6 months continued +3 edema BLE, legs have now turned purple; doppler negative?

Dx cellulitis/fungal infection, no better x 6 months continued +3 edema BLE, legs have now turned purple; doppler negative?

See a dermatologist: Not just a few, but MOST diagnoses of "cellulitis" by amateurs are not correct. That is why antibiotic treatment fails. If it is BOTH legs it is almost certainly something other than cellulitis. You need to see a pro, a dermatologist. Most common is STASIS dermatitis due to defective valves in the veins. There are other possible diagnoses. Treatment follows diagnosis. ...Read more

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My partner foot is red & swollen with purple patches, yes he had water retention about 2 yrs. No its not going up the leg like cellulitis. Any idea?

My partner foot is red & swollen with purple patches, yes he had water retention about 2 yrs. No its not going up the leg like cellulitis. Any idea?

Clotting?: It sounds as if your partner needs appropriate compression garments to reduce edema and swelling but this is best for venous stasis and not necessarily for arterial insufficency. I would be concerned about varicose veins as well as a potential blood clot (s). A peripheral pulse exam and possible ultrasound imaging may be necessary to evaluate possible etiologies. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cellulitis of the skin?

What is the cause of cellulitis of the skin?

Many causes: 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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Is MRSA and cellulitis the same skin problem?

Is MRSA and cellulitis the same skin problem?

No.: Mrsa is a type of bacteria that can cause cellulitis (skin infection) or an abscess. There are also other types of bacteria that can cause cellulitis. We hear a lot about MRSA because it is resistent to a lot of common antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had an abcess and now I have cellulitis but there's a huge blood fill blisster where the head of the abcess used to be is that normal?

I had an abcess and now I have cellulitis but there's a huge blood fill blisster where the head of the abcess used to be is that normal?

Yes and no: Wouldn't say it's normal, but not unexpected. Sounds like you should see a doc-- essentially need the abscess/blister opened up so it can drain. And antibiotics. ...Read more

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Painful tender area of skin. Was a bit red yesterday. Dr said cellulitis. Red disappeared. Still pain tender which spread. Could this be something else?

Painful tender area of skin. Was a bit red yesterday. Dr said cellulitis. Red disappeared. Still pain tender which spread. Could this be something else?

Possibly: But doubt it. Will probably take several days for the pain to resolve. Continue your antibiotics. If concerned see your doctor. ...Read more

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Cellulitis on my face or under the skin pimple?

Cellulitis on my face or under the skin pimple?

Cellulitis is a: A concern and looks nothing like a pimple. I would see doctor preferably dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I am just curious if skin rash and cellulitis are the same infection?

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. A rash usually involves skin. ...Read more

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My sister was just treated with cellulitis on her left foot. And now the skin around that area is getting off.

Skin loss: If there is some light peeling- that can happen. However, if she is losing large amounts of tissue - that needs evaluation asap. Take care. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause skin discoloration/bruising? Or should I seek emergency assistance?

Can cellulitis cause skin discoloration/bruising? Or should I seek emergency assistance?

Yes: Cellulitis will cause swelling and redness and and on the legs or deep involvement can have a dark color. This needs treatments with antibiotics either orally or in more severe cases with intravenous antibiotics. See your doctor as urgent appointment today if possible. Otherwise go to er. ...Read more

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Does cellulitis of the buttocks need to be removed and how to tell if the skin or muscle is dead and needs removal?

No: Cellulitis is an infection in the skin and is treated with antibiotics. Sometimes oral antibiotics are sufficient but intravenous antibiotics may be required for more severe infections. Only a doctor can determine if there is tissue that "needs to be removed". ...Read more

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Does cellulitis of the buttocks need to be removed and how to tell if the skin or muscle is dead and needs removal?

Does cellulitis of the buttocks need to be removed and how to tell if the skin or muscle is dead and needs removal?

No: It really is a clinical decision based on your physicians exam. If you are not sick with fever etc, and there is no significant hardness or bogginess to the area, antibiotics may suffice. If there is suspicion of underlying issue, or you do not improve, further studies may be needed to see what caused it, if anything must be drained etc. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis on my knee. It is now the 6th day, 4 of which I have been on bactrin, and it is now a purplish red color and hard. Is that normal?

I have cellulitis on my knee. It is now the 6th day, 4 of which I have been on bactrin, and it is now a purplish red color and hard. Is that normal?

Not necessarily.: It sounds as if it's getting progressively worse. If after 48-72 hours after initiating antibiotic treatment and it's not improving, I would go back to your doctor. The bacteria causing the infection may not be respoding. ...Read more

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Tick bite continue to itch 4 mos after bite...took doxycillin immed after bite "just in case." No other symptoms, no evid of tick borne illnesses or cellulitis. Piece of tick still under the skin?

Tick bite continue to itch 4 mos after bite...took doxycillin immed after bite "just in case." No other symptoms, no evid of tick borne illnesses or cellulitis. Piece of tick still under the skin?

Good question.: No risk for tick borne illness here. Is there any type of rash at the wound site? An embedded part of the tick would fester a little under the skin and may become a little red and painful until the skin pushes it out or it's broken down. If you have been washing it over and over or scratching it I'd say eczema, neurodermatitis or scabies it possible without any other rash or lesions. See doc. ...Read more

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Had cellulitis over a week ago was treated but skin is still tender on leg. All else good. Is the infection gone? I can't risk getting ill again

Had cellulitis over a week ago was treated but skin is still tender on leg. All else good. Is the infection gone? I can't risk getting ill again

Need to examine: There is insufficient information to provide a meaningful opinion. It would be prudent to consult your doctor who knows your history and could examine you. Two general issues; if you are overweight, try hard to lose weight; if you are diabetic, keep tight control of blood sugar. ...Read more

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Just finished keflex for cellulitis infection and responded well. Skin no longer hot or red but still a little swollen. Been 11 days, should I worry?

Not necessarily: It take some time for antibiotics to work and the inflammatory reaction to subside. If concerned see the doctor who gave you the antibiotics. ...Read more

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My husband is on his 4th day of antibiotics for cellulitis. His finger is now not only red but looks like a big pus pocket is under his skin. Shud he?

My husband is on his 4th day of antibiotics for cellulitis. His finger is now not only red but looks like a big pus pocket is under his skin. Shud he?

Yes. You should: Take him in to the ER to have an incision and drainage performed. Hand infections can worsen rapidly and usually what you see on the outside is the tip of the iceberg. Don't want to mess around with hand infections. Get it evaluated and treated ASAP. ...Read more

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My cellulitis is healing up fairly well, but the skin is dry and itchy. Can I put vitamin e on it or a moisturiser of some kind?

My cellulitis is healing up fairly well, but the skin is dry and itchy. Can I put vitamin e on it or a moisturiser of some kind?

Yes.: Just moisturizer but not Vit E alone. You can do cetaphil or eicerin. Those would be ok or anything similar. ...Read more

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Day 6 on Bactrim antibiotics for cellulitis on my tush. Is it normal for skin to peel and bleed? Does this mean it's healing?

Day 6 on Bactrim antibiotics for cellulitis on my tush. Is it normal for skin to peel and bleed? Does this mean it's healing?

Cellulitis: It is normal for the skin to peel with cellulitis. Please send photo to be sure it is not worsening with the bleeding part. Did you mark the area with a black marker to see if injection is extending borders? Send photo asap to help be sure it is not worsening. Do you have any fevers. ...Read more