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Is it safe to swim while I have cellulitis?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not a good idea

If you are healing from cellulitis & the cause is/was infectious in nature or an abscess, ur primary focus needs to be to let it heal 1st completely, depending on where it's located.
If on the body that is in contact or submerged in pool water, it's best to avoid it altogether, as not all pools are as clean as they should be & can cause ur condition to worsen.Patience/waiting is the best medicine.

In brief: Not a good idea

If you are healing from cellulitis & the cause is/was infectious in nature or an abscess, ur primary focus needs to be to let it heal 1st completely, depending on where it's located.
If on the body that is in contact or submerged in pool water, it's best to avoid it altogether, as not all pools are as clean as they should be & can cause ur condition to worsen.Patience/waiting is the best medicine.
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Wait

Wait until the infection is totally resolved.

In brief: Wait

Wait until the infection is totally resolved.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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In brief: Swim and cellulitis

No; do not swim with cellulitis! you are infected and you are spreading the microbes.
Wait until it is healed to swim.

In brief: Swim and cellulitis

No; do not swim with cellulitis! you are infected and you are spreading the microbes.
Wait until it is healed to swim.
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
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