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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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Have history of cellulitis in breast. Large hard painful lump for a month pain in armpit. What do I do? Been icing and using pain reliever. Help

Have history of cellulitis in breast. Large hard painful lump for a month pain in armpit. What do I do? Been icing and using pain reliever. Help

Need antibiotic: From what you described, you need to be examined, may be the affected area needs to be cultured and treated with antibiotic. Please consult a doctor at your earliest. If you do no have a doctor, go to an emergency room for the treatment. ...Read more

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Visible symptoms of cellulitis almost resolved however still have hard lump in the middle of the affected area....2days IV meds left should I worry?

Visible symptoms of cellulitis almost resolved however still have hard lump in the middle of the affected area....2days IV meds left should I worry?

Not necessarily: It is nl to have some induration that lingers behind the healing of the inflammatory process. If concerned f/u with your doctor. ...Read more

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I just noticed a small lump behind my 1 yr old infant's ear. It's hard & painless without discoloration. What could it be? He had cellulitis 6 m ago.

I just noticed a small lump behind my 1 yr old infant's ear. It's hard & painless without discoloration. What could it be? He had cellulitis 6 m ago.

Very common: For lymph glands to swell up or enlarge when you get a cold or an infection. At times it takes much longer for it to resolve. As long as it is not getting bigger, tender, no fever and discoloration, let time take care of it. If anything change, with pain, redness, tender to touch or fever, see your doctor. ...Read more

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72 y/o woman, hx of cellulitis, prior leg injury, found small lump on her LL leg. Doesn't hurt to touch directly & leg doesn't seem hot or swollen.

72 y/o woman, hx of cellulitis, prior leg injury, found small lump on her LL leg. Doesn't hurt to touch directly & leg doesn't seem hot or swollen.

Lumps and bumps!: If it is not painful and you have no swelling, fever, pain, pus, redness, numbness, tingling, weakness, etc., keep an eye on it for a few days. It may go away. If it is still there in a week or two, or if you develop other symptoms, see a doc. ...Read more

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Diagnosed cellulitis 3days ago. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) since then not resolvd. Been like that 5days lump redness n pain bigger n more. Should it be cut. No white head?

Diagnosed cellulitis 3days ago. Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) since then not resolvd. Been like that 5days lump redness n pain bigger n more. Should it be cut. No white head?

Treatment failure: Symptoms of an illness that will respond to a particular antibiotic usually start to improve within 3-4 days. Most physicians would consider this a treatment failure and either re-diagnose or treat with something else. ...Read more

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Have a bug bite it is now inflammed red hard and warm to touch. Very itchy and painful should I be worried. I have a history of lupus & cellulitis?

Norma/Concerning: When our skin sustains an injury, immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) for about 48-72 hours. This is the body increasing blood flow to the area to bring healing factors and is normal healing. If it gets worse over time (increase in pain, fevers, chills, more redness), then it may be infected or the lupus may be reacting. If so, then seeing the doc may be your best bet. ...Read more

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Elevated creatinine levels raised lft and inconsistent hep c blood test. Has cellulitis from shin injury. Feels recovery is very slow. Lethargy.

Elevated creatinine levels raised lft and inconsistent hep c blood test. Has cellulitis from shin injury. Feels recovery is very slow. Lethargy.

Need nephrologist: Sounds like a complex problem and need to be evaluated by specialist. Would recommend nephrologist first as elevated creatinine may signify progressive renal disease. Depending on the level, lethargy may be also related to elevated creatinine. Further, need to investigate elevated LFT, so liver and kidney imaging is needed as well. ...Read more

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What is more painful cellulitis or tooth ache?

Either can: It depends on the location, duration, size, source of the cellulitis. A tooth ache has the reputation of being one of the worst pains that a human can experience. ...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

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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I have painful wounds on both calves, cellulitis and lymphedema. How can I relieve the pain?

I have painful wounds on both calves, cellulitis and lymphedema. How can I relieve the pain?

Treat the cause: The wounds on your legs are a symptom of the disease state that caused them. Treating the wounds without treating their cause is futile. Manual lymphatic drainage, compression wraps and lymphedema pumps are all potential considerations for treatment and can be used together if needed. If the treatment of the underlying disease works, the wounds heal with little to no attention. ...Read more

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My hubby has cellulitis of the rt leg x1 week. He has been taking bacterum. Redness has gone but not the painful swelling. Is this normal? Yes? No?

My hubby has cellulitis of the rt leg x1 week. He has been taking bacterum. Redness has gone but not the painful swelling. Is this normal? Yes? No?

Wrong Diagnosis?: 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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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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Hard white scab on foot following diagnosis from cellulitis, please help?

Hard white scab on foot following diagnosis from cellulitis, please help?

Consult: With a surgeon. What you are describing might be eschar, or dead skin, which might require surgical removal. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed and treated for cellulitis. Now I am sitting with weeping legs and painful open wounds. What medication can be prescribed for this?

I have been diagnosed and treated for cellulitis. Now I am sitting with weeping legs and painful open wounds. What medication can be prescribed for this?

Seek MD care: 48 year old lady status post treatment for cellulitis, now with weeping open wounds. Please seek reevaluation by a physician immediately. It sounds like you need immediate treatment and a detailed medical history and physical exam. Please always put your medical history, medications, surgical history, and more information such as onset and duration of your condition for more accurate advice. ...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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Painful swelling of mrs. Rajashree mohanty’s legs from knee joints to feet (both legs) the disease started first with cellulitis of left leg about 6to 7?

Painful swelling of mrs. Rajashree mohanty’s legs from knee joints to feet (both legs) the disease started first with cellulitis of left leg about 6to 7?

Mrs. Mohanty: Needs to see a doctor. There are many reasons why legs can swell. The concern is the fact she has pain. Many people with swollen legs do not complain of pain rather tired legs, a heaviness etc. Due to t he fact there is pain this should be checked out. As you stated the swelling itself appears to have been there a while. ...Read more

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What can I do for the painful red blisters filled with water all over my lower back from cellulitis?

What can I do for the painful red blisters filled with water all over my lower back from cellulitis?

Depends on cause: If the blisters don't cross the midline, consider shingles (tx: acyclovir). With cellulitis present, if the area of blistering is also very edematous (swollen), then mobilization of fluid from this area (e.g. Diuresis) can also help, along with abx. If the pt looks ill, has a fever, and the blisters are looking more violaceous, then go to the ed- the infection may be getting worse. ...Read more

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A few months ago I had cellulitis in my finger I think I may have it again. My finger is red warm swollen n very painful! What should I do?

A few months ago I had cellulitis in my finger I think I may have it again. My finger is red warm swollen n very painful! What should I do?

See your doctor: If you have an infection it needs to be treated with antibiotics and even possibly surgery to drain the infection. Also there are other medical conditions that can cause a red warm swollen painful digit. ...Read more

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My two year old got 3 ant bites today. After a few hours they are hard, hot to the touch, and are a yellow/green tint in the center. Cellulitis?

My two year old got 3 ant bites today. After a few hours they are hard, hot to the touch, and are a yellow/green tint in the center. Cellulitis?

Typical ant bite: Ant bites look a lot worse than they are. They will appear to be infected, but they're not. Just wash with soap and water, and don't worry. ...Read more