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What Causes Cellulitis To Reoccur
Reinfected: Usually it is re-infection not re-occurrence. For example, when a person developed cellulitis on lower legs, he/she might have fungal infection involving feet, toe webs or toes. The fungal infection causes open wound in those areas. Later, bactiriae might enter these channels, reaching lower legs and developing the cellulitis again. The fungal infection should be treated in the first palce. ...Read more
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
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. Death usually does not occur. ...Read more
Cellulitis: Cellulitis occurs when one or more types of bacteria enter through a crack or break in your skin. The two most common types of bacteria that are causes of cellulitis are streptococcus and staphylococcus. The incidence of a more serious staphylococcus infection called methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is increasing. Yes, the biopsy site could have become infected. ...Read more
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
The majority of cellulitis infections are caused by infection with either strep (streptococcus) or staph (staphylococcus) bacteria.
The most common bacteria that cause cellulitis are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f). A form of rather superficial cellulitis caused by strep is called erysipelas. However, MRSA cellulitis is on the rise. ...Read more
Rarely: This infection is usually confined to the tissues involved. Normal immune factors keep it in check unless it is ignored and extends due to lack of treatment. Someone with a compromised immune system would be at higher risk. Your routine cellulitis is rarely if ever going to enter the blood to travel to the brain. ...Read more
Bacterial infection: Preseptal cellulitis is usually a bacterial infection of the tissues surrounding the eye. It is treated with systemic antibiotics, often augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) but can be others depending on the patient and the presumed source of infection. It should be followed closely because it can spread through the orbital septum and affect the eye and orbital tissues. ...Read more
What is cellulitis? How it causes? Need to avoid any food to prevent it become worse? How to treat it?
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
How long to completely recover from Cellulitis? Does Cellulitis stay in your body forever? Does Cellulitis cause nerve damage?
Depends: Cellulitis is inflammation of the skin and underlying soft tissue in a certain area. It can have many causes, and the duration of it will depend on how long it takes the underlying cause, such as infection, to resolve. It can take anywhere from a day or two to a few weeks. Sometimes it requires an operation to remove the affected tissue. It is rare for nerves to be permanently affected. ...Read more
One cousing said he had something called well's syndrome (eosinophilic cellulitis?). What causes it?
Wells Syndrome: Wells syndrome (eosinophilic cellulitis) is an uncommon condition of unknown etiology. The presentation usually involves a mildly pruritic or tender cellulitis-like eruption with typical histologic features characterized by edema, flame figures, and a marked infiltrate of eosinophils in the dermis. Papular and nodular eruptions at the clinical presentation have also been reported. ...Read more
Not typically: Cellulitis is defined as a localized skin infection which should be diagnosed by warmth, redness, tenderness and possible swelling. Flu like symptoms would include generalized body aches, fever, fatigue, and possible cough or congestion. Flu (influenza) is a virus while cellulitis is typically bacterial. However if cellulitis spreads to the blood then some flu like symptoms could be possible. ...Read more
I have this and it's caused cellulitis on my arm all the way to my armpit, what is the best solution.
R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil. If it is extending up your arm SEEK PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION YOU MAY NEED IV ANTIBIOTICS. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of IV VS oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs. SEEK PROMPT EVALUATION SINCE INFECTION IS PROGRESSING ...Read more
Can coliform bacteria cause cellulitis? I live in a mobile home park and several of our seniors now have cellulitis. Could this be the cause?
I have a bad abcess with cellulitis on my leg I don't have insurance is there anything I can do at home to help and can cellulitis cause chest pain?
See doc: While I sympathathize, I would not advise trying to treat what you describe as a bad abscess at home. Typically this will need antibiotics and incision/drainage. An urgent care can likely do this for you reasonably cheaply. Sometimes the abscess may spontaneously rupture and drain, and you could place a warm moist towel to try to expedite this, but you need to see a doc. Chest pain needs doc. ...Read more
Had a severe sunburn, then cellulitis from bug bites, now allergic reaction after foods I've had b4, all w/i month. New allergies possible at 25? Cause?
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
Is it truly possible for boils to reoccur for 7+ years? (cellulitis, inverted sweat glands, etc)?
Hidradenitis: This may due to a variety of underlying conditions with hidradenitis suppuritiva being high on my list. This may require medical or surgical treatment. See a dermatologist for an evaluation first. ...Read more
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