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Can cellulitis cause bruising?

Can cellulitis cause bruising?

Yes: It cause discoloration and be associated with a hemorraghic skin color. This will resolve slowly after the cellulitis is treated. It is important to prevent recurrences by treating any athletes foot infection which is often a portal of entry. ...Read more

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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


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I've been treating my cellulitis for about 2 days now redness and swelling is starting to go down but bruise it's starting to appear is this normal?

I've been treating my cellulitis for about 2 days now redness and swelling is starting to go down but bruise it's starting to appear is this normal?

Discoloration: Yes, after the initial swelling and redness has passed., Discoloration may come afterwards. As long as you are symptomatically feeling better i.e. noticeably less warmth, pain and swelling, the discoloration will pass in time. Cbeck with your family physician as well and have a great day. ...Read more

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Had a small "bruise" fine for 2 days didn't do anything but then got very red swollen and BIG over last few days. Dr said cellulitis. Is this correct?

Had a small "bruise" fine for 2 days didn't do anything but then got very red swollen and BIG over last few days. Dr said cellulitis. Is this correct?

Well - the doctor: who evaluated you was able to get a full hx & to do a physical exam. From the info available - I can only say it could be consistent with cellulitis. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause skin discoloration/bruising? Or should I seek emergency assistance?

Can cellulitis cause skin discoloration/bruising? Or should I seek emergency assistance?

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

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Low fever w/cellulitis. Symptoms gone (fever still there) w/ 4.5days of sulfa/azythro antibx. Quit sulfa day 5. Still on azythro day 8. Bruise back?

Check back to Dr.: Who gave you the antibiotics. They know your history the best live seen you previously for the same thing.. They can best tell you what should happen next. It matters where your cellulitis is located t. ...Read more

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Elbow cellulitis: on day 8 of azirthomycin. Only did 5 days of sulfameth bc of allergy. Bruise was gone 2 days in with both. Now it's back. What? Why?

Elbow cellulitis: on day 8 of azirthomycin. Only did 5 days of sulfameth bc of allergy. Bruise was gone 2 days in with both. Now it's back. What? Why?

Wrong abx: If it improved with abx then recurred, it means that the organism causing the problem has not been killed. You need to consult an infectious disease doctor to make sure that this not from mrsa. By the way, Azithromycin is not that great a drug for cellulitis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cellulitis on my knee? And does it cause bruising of the leg?

How do I know if I have cellulitis on my knee?  And does it cause bruising of the leg?

Spreading red warmth: This is typically associated with an enlarging area of redness, swelling and warmth. Occasionally one may see involvement of the lymph vessels with red streaks going up to the groin and called lymphangitis. As seen in the picture, some may circle the borders of the redness to monitor the spread into the surrounding normal tissues. ...Read more

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Took doxycyclin for cellulitis on my leg for 21 days. I still have a little bump (bruise looking) and my leg still feels swollen and itchy. Normal?

Took doxycyclin for cellulitis on my leg for 21 days. I still have a little bump  (bruise looking)  and my leg still feels swollen and itchy. Normal?

1 leg or both? Fevr?: The situation is rather complex. There are many questions to be asked & we need a picture or an exam in order to understand what's going on. 21 days is an awful long time to take antibiotics. I suspect you have dermatitis (irritation of skin) rather than cellulitis (infection of skin), as the non-response to antibiotics indicates. Use HealthTap Prime or TTYD about symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Grandson has red patch on thigh at groin. No bites, no scrapes, no bruise. Warm and very tender. Could it be cellulitis?

Grandson has red patch on thigh at groin. No bites, no scrapes, no bruise. Warm and very tender. Could it be cellulitis?

Possible: Warm and very tender without itching could be a skin infection (cellulitis).Try some cool soaks and give a dose of loratidine or certrizine, if no resolution, take him to be evaluated. Tanks for using Healthtap. :) ...Read more

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