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Hello I am a 31 year old female and I am a dog groomer so I do get wounded a lot but I am concerned because I keep getting reoccurring cellulitis in m?

Hello I am a 31 year old female and I am a dog groomer so I do get wounded a lot but I am concerned because I keep getting reoccurring cellulitis in m?

Incomplete question: All of your query did not come though. However, if you get cellulitis from dog bites, you should use protective gear, like gloves and restrain the dogs all the time you are working with them. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Wound Care (Definition)

Wound care is steps taken to ensure that a wound heals correctly. Steps may include dressing changes, application of topical antibiotics or ointments, proper offloading, infection control, and professional wound debridement when indicated. See your physician and have them advise you on treatment ...Read more


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I had cellulitis almost 3weeks ago. They drained it then 5 days later it came back as MRSA. Now the wound is about a size of a button. GETTING Better?

I had cellulitis almost 3weeks ago. They drained it then 5 days later it came back as MRSA. Now the wound is about a size of a button. GETTING Better?

Better is good: Because ongoing drainage is important after an abscess is opened, the wound is not sutured closed so will take 3 - 6 weeks to heal depending on size, often longer especially in diabetes. Signs of re-infection include spreading redness, worsening pain, an enlarging mass, thick white/yellow/brown discharge, or fever. Otherwise, a long and gradual course of healing is expected. ...Read more

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I have painful wounds on both calves, cellulitis and lymphedema. How can I relieve the pain?

I have painful wounds on both calves, cellulitis and lymphedema. How can I relieve the pain?

Treat the cause: The wounds on your legs are a symptom of the disease state that caused them. Treating the wounds without treating their cause is futile. Manual lymphatic drainage, compression wraps and lymphedema pumps are all potential considerations for treatment and can be used together if needed. If the treatment of the underlying disease works, the wounds heal with little to no attention. ...Read more

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My cellulitis abscess was drained a week ago and now the wound is scabbing over. Is this normal for a cellulitis abscess?

My cellulitis abscess was drained a week ago and now the wound is scabbing over. Is this normal for a cellulitis abscess?

Yes: What you describe sounds like normal healing for a drained abscess. Your triple antibiotic treatment was over kill. Clindamycin alone or Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) and Keflex together would have been sufficient. ...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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Is it normal to have joint pain with cellulitis? Infected wound on knuckle. Pain has spread from just the cut to deep in the knuckle joint

Is it normal to have joint pain with cellulitis? Infected wound on knuckle. Pain has spread from just the cut to deep in the knuckle joint

It is possible: If a cellulitis spreads it can infect adjacent and deeper structures such as bone and joints. If that happens you would need to have it treated aggressively. You may need and incision and drainage and possible intravenous antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have Cellulitis on the nose from a deep pimple wound with only one symptom of some swelling, but no tenderness and redness?

Is it possible to have Cellulitis on the nose from a deep pimple wound with only one symptom of some swelling, but no tenderness and redness?

Extremely unlikely: There are many causes of swelling without fever, pain, redness etc., symptoms and findings which are required for a diagnosis of cellulitis.

Please get a good rhinologic exam from an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause death?

Can cellulitis cause death?

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

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How do people get cellulitis?

How do people get cellulitis?

Crack in skin: Bacteria invade lymphatics amd blood through a crack in the feet- ath
tees foot or through trauma that allows entry. ...Read more

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What does cellulitis look like?

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 can cellulitis go undetected?

How long can cellulitis go undetected?

Not long: If you have cellulitis the infection that is caused by it could produce pain with in hours. ...Read more

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Would minor cellulitis go away on its own?

Would minor cellulitis go away on its own?

Possibly: Yes, this may occur. Especially if you are otherwise healthy. Keep an eye on it however, and if the area of redness is spreading, see your M.D. ...Read more

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What is the best way to remove cellulitis fat?

What is the best way to remove cellulitis fat?

Cellulaze: I think you are asking about cellulite. Cellulaze combines the effects of liposuction and laser release of the attachments that cause the appearance of dimpling in cellulite. Endermology may also have some benefit especially when combined eith cellulaze as a multimodality treatment. ...Read more

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What effect does cellulitis have on your body?

Fever,: At first swelling and fever. Left untreated you can develop whole body infection with bacteria spreading to your heart. If not treated early it will require intravenous antibiotics in the hospital. ...Read more

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How does a person know if they have cellulitis?

How does a person know if they have cellulitis?

You don't know.: You need an evaluation by a physician and it may not be cellulitis. There are skin condition that look like cellulitis, like venous stasis dermatitis or contact dermatitis...So you should be seen and examined. ...Read more

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What can increase the risks of getting cellulitis?

What can increase the risks of getting cellulitis?

Skin infections: Hi ATaylor, cellulitis is a superficial infection of the skin. It is usually treated with antibiotics. It is not a chronic disease. There may be other health problems that can cause it to recur such as diabetes, obesity, poor circulation, steroid use, chronic swelling, open sores, and unclean skin. Addressing those issues should help keep it from coming back. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What are the usual clinical symptoms of cellulitis?

What are the usual clinical symptoms of cellulitis?

Red, pain: Usually the skin will appear red, tender to touch or when you move, may have fever. May notice spreading if not treated appropriately- so should see your doc. ...Read more

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My fiance believes he has cellulitis. How can he know for sure?

My fiance believes he has cellulitis. How can he know for sure?

Hot red ask a DR: cellulitis is an inflammation of the skin it may be caused by infection or other things but it will be red painful and hot to the touch it may or may not have drainage too ask a doctor ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my boyfriend believes he has cellulitis?

What do you suggest if my boyfriend believes he has cellulitis?

Seek care: Evaluation by physician is indicated as antibiotics would be required to treat the cellulitis. Warm soaks can help increase blood flow to area to deliver more antibiotics. ...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?

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

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


Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

Wound = injury to tissue. May include ...Read more