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I was treated for cellulitis with antibiotic, but after weeks it's still swollen. Is it normal?

I was treated for cellulitis with antibiotic, but after weeks it's still swollen. Is it normal?

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 more

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Dr. Michael Miller
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Cellulitis (Definition)

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin characterized by erythema (red), Edema(swelling), warmth, and tenderness. It usually spreads with visually indistinct borders that involve the ...Read more


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Is it common to wind up with cellulitis in both legs, even while on an antibiotic?I don't have pus just red, swollen hard spots.compression socks?

Is it common to wind up with cellulitis in both legs, even while on an antibiotic?I don't have pus just red, swollen hard spots.compression socks?

Yes, especially: if you have venous or arterial insufficiency, or metabolic causes that can predispose to infection such as diabetes. Cellulitis of legs is a potentially serious problem that can lead to other problems including amputation, so get to a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I have cellulitas that is weeping and swollen what can I do I have been on antibiotics for six weeks. No improvment yet.

I have cellulitas that is weeping and swollen what can I do I have been on antibiotics for six weeks. No improvment yet.

See your doctor: If a culture has not already been done one needs to be done to see if you are on the correct antibiotic. The other option is to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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

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

Not uncommon: especially if it is invasive bacteria, such as MRSA. If you get too many of them, you should be tested for conditions that predispose you to infection, such as diabetes. ...Read more

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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?

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

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I found out yesterday that lisa has cellulitis she was treated with IV antibiotics. Now the doctors want to give her oral steroids is that normal?

I found out yesterday that lisa has cellulitis she was treated with IV antibiotics.  Now the doctors want to give her oral steroids is that normal?

Therapy: The best place to get an answer to this is from the doctor who prescribed the steroids. This is not necessarily typical treatment for uncomplicated cellulitis, but without full medical records and an exam have no idea what is going on here. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more