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My sister has cellulitis in her leg. Will she lose her leg if it continues to spread? How can it be treated?

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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
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In brief: Not always infection

Cellultitis 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.

In brief: Not always infection

Cellultitis 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.
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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Probably not

Limb loss for cellulitis is very rare.
Treatment is antibiotics and evaluation by a doctor. Higher risk populations include diabetics.

In brief: Probably not

Limb loss for cellulitis is very rare.
Treatment is antibiotics and evaluation by a doctor. Higher risk populations include diabetics.
Dr. Bradley Thomas
Dr. Bradley Thomas
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