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What over-the-counter medications can help with cellulitis?

What over-the-counter medications can help with cellulitis?

Topical creams: Creams containing caffeine or theophylline may possibly help. Coconut oil and essential oils have also been recommended. Coenzyme a, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, cocoa butter vitamins a, c, and e, retinol and retin-a. Strivectin is one brand which contains a retinoid that is promoted for treatment of cellulite and stretch marks. ...Read more

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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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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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I'm suffering from Cellulitis of the scalp any over-the-counter products will you recommend?

I'm suffering from Cellulitis of the scalp any over-the-counter products will you recommend?

Cellulitis: If this is true cellulitis you will need antibiotics as treatment. There are other causes of rash on scalp. See primary doctor or dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What over the counter medicines would relieve cellulitis or infections of the like that is not an ointment or cream?

What over the counter medicines would relieve cellulitis or infections of the like that is not an ointment or cream?

Rx medications: Cellulitis is a medical issue and could lead to serious conditions (i.e. septic shock, necrotizing fasciitis). It is advisable to seek out a physician to help evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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I have cellulitis that I'm under medication for. Is it safe to drive a long trip if it hasn't completely healed?

Possibly not: The safest course of action is not to take a long driving trip until your leg is totally healed. ...Read more

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Is there any OTC medicine for cellulitis?

Is there any OTC medicine for cellulitis?

Not really: Kinda depends on the cause-- true cellulitis represents an infection of the skin and so needs antibiotics. Occasionally you can improve the inflammation aspect with some otc steroid cream and oral antiinflammatory agent like ibuprofen, but really need antibiotics. If it is a dermatitis, which some may confuse with a cellulitis, then the cream etc may suffice. ...Read more

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What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Many: There isn't just one medication used to treat cellulitis and osteomyelitis. Intravenous antibiotics and surgery are normally used to treat osteomyelitis and cellulitis can be treated with either intravenous or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

What is the drug for people with diabetes, cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Bad shape: Hi. That's some bad shape you're in. Most likely your cellulitis & osteomyelitis are in a foot. You need a wound clinic, wound debridement, longterm IV antibiotics, assure adequate arterial supply (may require revascularization), maybe hyperbaric oxygen, and really good, tight blood sugar control. I hope this can be healed and not require amputation; amputation is not the end of the world, however ...Read more

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Please help! What is the drug for diabetes with cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Please help! What is the drug for diabetes with cellulitis and osteomyelitis?

Imprecise?: You take whatever meds you need to get sugar controlled

and you take correct antibiotics for bacteria they culture from/ or assume is causing your cellulitis. ...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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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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I have cellulitis and taking clindamycin 300mg 6 tabs daily. On the fifth day I have difficulty swallowing. Should I stop the medication?

Contact your doctor: Cellulitis needs to be treated with an antibiotic; however, if you are having side effects that you believe are related to the one you are on you need to see your doctor. Difficulty swallowing should be addressed with an exam. Take care. ...Read more

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Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Is it ok to continue taking metformin even if I don't have polycystic ovaries anymore? Is it true it counters the effect of OTC pills (weight gain)

Yes: If you have Insulin resistance or even diabetes metformin is fine to take. Some people have lost weight on metformin, perhaps due to GI side effects. I haven't heard that it can interfere with diet pills but those can be dangerous on their own. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis last?

Weeks: If untreated itvwill not resolve and get worse with bacteria spreading into your system. Must be treated early with appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis takes to recover?

How long does cellulitis takes to recover?

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 frequently does cellulitis cause death?

How frequently does cellulitis cause death?

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

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How can you tell if cellulitis is getting better?

How can you tell if cellulitis is getting better?

Less red/pain: Should see less redness, feel less tender to touch, less swelling. ...Read more

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Can there be a deformation after recovering from cellulitis?

Depends: On if u r cellulitis is associated with a wound or laceration.. if u have cellulitis without break in the skin, it should heal without any scarring. ...Read more

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Will cellulitis kill me?

Will cellulitis kill me?

Usually not: Particularly if you get the right antibiotics at the appropriate time. In some cases, cellulitis can lead to septic shock and death. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis contagious?

Is cellulitis contagious?

No: The cellulitis in not contagious although the bacteria that cause it are because the infection is not on the skin. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis a type of mrsa?

It could be: Cellulitis is a complex clinical picture of infection which could be caused among others by the mrsa. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis very contagious?

Is cellulitis very contagious?

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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Is MRSA and cellulitis the same?

No: Cellulitis is a skin infection. Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria which is one possible, and increasingly common, cause of it. It is a type of bacteria. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis turn into gangrene?

Can cellulitis turn into gangrene?

Could.: Both are infections. In cellulitis the tissues are injured but "not dead yet." Gangrene implies that the tissues have died. Gangrene can be wet or dry or even gas gangrene. Sometimes cellulitis and gangrene co-exist with a central area of gangrene and surrounding cellulitis. In any case dead tissue must be removed surgically. ...Read more

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Cellulitis from insulin injections?

Cellulitis from insulin injections?

Yes: Sterile techniques should be followed as close as possible with Insulin injections and signs of cellulitis should be treated as such. ...Read more

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Can bug bites turn into cellulitis?

Yes: Insect bites may become contaminated with bacteria from the skin through scratching or from the bite itself. This may lead to a soft tissue infection at the bite site called cellulitis. Your physician may prescribe an antibiotic as well as local skin care as indicated. ...Read more

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Can neosporin be used on cellulitis?

No: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues. Neosporin does not penetrate below the surface and will not help cellulitis. Oral or intravenous antibiotics are usually needed. ...Read more