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Doctor insights on: Treating Cellulitis Without Antibiotics

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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


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Is cortisone effective in treating cellulitis?

Is cortisone effective in treating cellulitis?

No: Only for the redness or color change. You must use antibiotics. ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter medications that are effective at treating cellulitis?

Are there any over-the-counter medications that are effective at treating cellulitis?

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 effective is ceftriaxone intravenous at treating cellulitis?

How effective is ceftriaxone intravenous at treating cellulitis?

Effective: If your cellulitis is caused by pcn sensitive staph aureus, it is very effective. ...Read more

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Is Ceftin (cefuroxime) going to be effective for treating Cellulitis or any other antib which will work better!!!

Is Ceftin (cefuroxime) going to be effective for treating Cellulitis or any other antib which will work better!!!

Likely: Ceftin (cefuroxime) can work fairly well for simple skin infections however there are other antibiotics that may be needed for complicated skin infections. ...Read more

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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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I'm on my 4th round of antibiotics in addition to a shot and two IV infusions. Should I be concerned that I still have cellulitis?

I'm on my 4th round of antibiotics in addition to a shot and two IV infusions. Should I be concerned that I still have cellulitis?

Cellulitis: You probably have a resistant bacterial infection. Make sure you have an infectious disease specialist on your case and ask questions so you understand what is going on and what the plans and prognosis is for your condition. ...Read more

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What antibiotic is used for cellulitis?

What antibiotic is used for cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Uncomplicated cellulitis is most commonly caused by strep bacteria and usually can be treated with any penicillin group of antibiotics. More complicated forms of cellulitis with possible abscess require drainage of an abscess and antibiotics based on culture results. ...Read more

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What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis following iv?

What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis following iv?

Sensitivites: Hopefully, if you were sick enough to need IV antibiotics, cultures were done to see which specific bacteria caused your cellulitis. If so, then the lab also tests to see which drugs the bacteria is "sensitive" to. These are the best ones to use. These can vary depending on the type of bacteria and where the infection is, if you caught it in hospital or at home, etc. As always, finish all the med! ...Read more

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How long does it take an antibiotic to work on cellulitis?

How long does it take an antibiotic to work on cellulitis?

7-10 days: Once effective antibiotics are started for cellulitis there is usually improvement in 2-3 days. It may take 7-10 days of treatment for it to completely resolve. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cellulitis to heal with antibiotics?

How long does it take for cellulitis to heal with antibiotics?

Depends: If cellulitis is bacterial and you have an antibiotic that the bug is sensitive to, there can be dramatic improvement (assuming you are in good health, etc). Might take longer to have a less sensitive bug respond. Lots of variables here, of course, but you get the idea. I hope you get well soon! ...Read more

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How long does it take cellulitis to heal after you start antibiotics?

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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My cellulitis has started to itch but im on antibiotics does that mean its getting worse?

My cellulitis has started to itch but im on antibiotics does that mean its getting worse?

Potential allergy: Any itching or rash while on an antibiotic or any new drug (even if you have taken it before) could be a sign of an allergy. This could also be a sign of ineffective treatment. You should immediately contact the person who prescribed the medication for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis and have been on antibiotic for 2 days and now it has started to itch...what does that mean?

I have cellulitis and have been on antibiotic for 2 days and now it has started to itch...what does that mean?

Healing: The itching means that the infection is healing. If it gets too uncomfortable, try putting a compress soaked with a solution that contains oatmeal and baking soda. ...Read more

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I had 14 antibiotics shots for cellulitis, 2 weeks ago and I have pain till now at the location of shots. Why?

I had 14 antibiotics shots for cellulitis, 2 weeks ago and I have pain till now at the location of shots. Why?

IM Injections: Intramuscular Injections are painful and require time to have the Muscle heal from them!
Pain is different in everybody! Some are more sensitive than others!
Some people take two to three weeks to be totally pain free after being submitted to scheduled intramuscular antibiotic injections! ...Read more

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I have cellulitis and got prescribed antibiotics last night. I started taking them but the pain is worse today than yesterday. Should I be worried?

Call your doctor: You did not mention the site of your infection. If the infection is getting worse, you should notify your doctor immediately. You may need systemic (iv or im) antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long do antibiotics take to heal orbital cellulitis?

How long do antibiotics take to heal orbital cellulitis?

Days weeks: It generally takes antibiotics several days to catch up with the infection. Then it might take days weeks to eradicate the infection. ...Read more

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I have some antibiotics leftover from another incident (vibramycin). Can that be used to treat cellulitis?

No...: First of all u shouldn't probably have left over antibiotics...:) and if u r not certain about your diagnosis of cellulitis you may do more harm than good. Please consult with your doc first. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis on my scalp and I just got on to some antibiotics. Can it still spread while I'm on those antibiotics?

Probably not: Its good your doctor started you on antibiotics but after a normal course about 7- 10 day should be re checked to made sure no further progression of cellulitis. ...Read more

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Went to the dr and was diagnosed with cellulitis. I was given an ointment and a antibiotic. Last night started to get a fever. Is that normal?

Went to the dr and was diagnosed with cellulitis. I was given an ointment and a antibiotic. Last night started to get a fever. Is that normal?

No: It may be a sign that your infection is spreading. Usually a systemic antibiotic is required for cellulitis which is not a superficial infection like an infected scratch. Go to UrgiCare or your doctor now to make sure that it is not from MRSA. Do not delay. ...Read more

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Cellulitis from cts 4 days in ER on IV antibiotics. Sever pain and no strength. Dr says its ok heal time 6-7months. I can't even work now. Help?

Complex Symptoms: 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. Your complaints are way out of sorts from simply treatment for infected cuts. A further investigation is needed. ...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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Thought was insect bite, but Dr said it's Cellulitis. On antibiotics and pills for 5days. Will it go??? Cefuzine500mg- Brufen600- ReparilDragees- Omiz

Thought was insect bite, but Dr said it's Cellulitis. On antibiotics and pills for 5days. Will it go??? Cefuzine500mg- Brufen600- ReparilDragees- Omiz

Fever? Pain?: You neglected to describe the location, size, appearance, depth, or feeling associated with the "insect bite". Best to see a dermatologist. Most diagnoses of "cellulitis" by amateurs [non dermatologists] are wrong. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis on my elbow and I have antibiotics for it is there any way I can help my body fight infection? P.S hasn't been 48hrs since 1st pill

I have cellulitis on my elbow and I have antibiotics for it is there any way I can help my body fight infection? P.S hasn't been 48hrs since 1st pill

Cellulitis: Best thing you can do is take all the antibiotic as directed. Keep area clean. If not improving after a few days follow up with your doctor. Take care! ...Read more

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How can I keep cellulitis from coming back? I got it for the first time about two years ago, and the antibiotics the doctor gave me worked. Then it came back six months later. The antibiotics worked, but not as good. Now it’s coming back every three or fo

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 long do antibiotics take to start healing orbital cellulitis?

Serious: Should start in a few hours. This is a serious diagnosis. Treat it as such and follow up with your m d as requested. ...Read more

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What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis after the parenteral treatment?

What is a good antibiotic for cellulitis after the parenteral treatment?

Can't answer: It all depends on where the cellulitis was, what caused it, what the cultures grew out, and what your medical history is. For example, sometimes cellulitis grows out the MRSA bacteria which requires a completely different treatment than a usual infection in a healthy person. Also, a cellulitis in the groin may require a different treatment than one in the neck. ...Read more

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From a dental view point, what is the best antibiotic for facial cellulitis?

From a dental view point, what is the best antibiotic for facial cellulitis?

Cellulitis Treatment: Several things need to be taken into account when treating a cellulitis. First, the patient's medical conditions. Second, allergies ; other medications. Third, identifying the source of the infection as well as it's location. Fourth, whether or not drainage is possible. Iv or im medication may be given rather than oral medication. Finally, we may culture the site in order to know which one to use. ...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