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Questions And Answers On Cellulitis

July 11th, 2011

Joseph asks…

Are there any non-prescription treatments for cellulitis?

Anything you can get from a pharmacy or drug store and not have to go to the doctors for?


Cellulitis can really get ugly; you should go to the MD. It usually will need antibiotics beyond a topical one. There are lots of nasty new resistant organisms out in the community now that I would not want to take a chance with....I've seen perfectly healthy people come in with awful infections that they let go too long which started out as little bumps.

Daniel asks…

What is the difference between lid abscess and orbital cellulitis?

on naked eye examination , both diseases present as red swollen eye


Orbital cellulitis typically has pain on eye movement, while lid abscesses (like a chalazion/hordeolum/stye) don't. There's still preseptal cellulitis, which falls somewhere in between -- it has no pain on eye movement but more widespread swelling than a simple lid abscess.

Caroline asks…

How dangerous is post operative cellulitis. How long does it take for the pain & swelling go away when treated

This is the result of an abdominal hysterectomy.


It should not get to the stage where it is life threatening! The pain and swelling will gradually subside over a period of time (could be weeks or months depending on how bad it was and individual recovery rate) with the treatment.

Thomas asks…

What is the origin of cellulitis?

I have very thickly swollen calves, and wonder if anyone knows why, and how to reduce them naturally? Please inform me of what you know. I've noticed softening and reduction of swelling as I stop coffee drinking. What else may help?


Cellulitis is caused by one or more types of bacteria that enter through a crack or break in your skin. The two most common types of bacteria that are causes of cellulitis are streptococcus and staphylococcus. Some people are at risk for infection by other types of bacteria. They include people with weak immune systems and those who handle fish, meat, poultry, or soil without using gloves. You can get cellulitis it if you have: An injury to your skin, such as a cut, surgical wound, burn, or animal or insect bite. Skin problems, such as ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, or a fungal infection like athlete's foot. Certain medical conditions. These include diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, or a weak immune system. Fluid buildup (edema) in the legs or arms. How to treat Cellultis? Doctors use antibiotics to treat cellulitis. If the infection is mild, you may be able to take antibiotic pills at home. If the infection is severe, you may need to be treated in the hospital with antibiotics that go right into your bloodstream.

Rachel asks…

Is there a way to treat cellulitis with out anti biotics?

I had it back in May and i spotted it just today again. A small part of my leg is swollen and red and it hurts as much as a bruise


Cellulitis is an infection and it must be treated with antibiotics. This actually can be a serious thing, don't let it go too long.

Alana asks…

what is the scientific name for cellulitis?

im doing a project for science and i need to know what the scientific name for cellulitis is. PLEASE HELP!


Cellulitis IS the scientific name for the inflammation of connective tisue == Read further === Cellulitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue underlying the skin, that can be caused by a bacterial infection. Cellulitis can be caused by normal skin flora or by exogenous bacteria, and often occurs where the skin has previously been broken: cracks in the skin, cuts, blisters, burns, insect bites, surgical wounds, or sites of intravenous catheter insertion. The mainstay of therapy remains treatment with appropriate antibiotics. Skin on the face or lower legs is most commonly affected by this infection, though cellulitis can occur on any part of the body. Cellulitis may be superficial — affecting only the surface of the skin — but cellulitis may also affect the tissues underlying the skin and can spread to the lymph nodes and bloodstream. Cellulitis is unrelated to cellulite, a cosmetic condition featuring dimpling of the skin. For more information click on the link below ===

Lisa asks…

I have cellulitis, it's been 3 days with antibiotics, the pain is worse. Is this normal?

I woke up with a red, hot, swollen and painful part of my leg 6 days ago. Hospital Dr. diagnosed cellulitis, gave me IV antibiotics and 2 oral antibiotics. The redness, swelling and heat have diminished but the pain is worse. There are no scratches, cuts, bruises or wounds on or around the area. Is this normal?


But have you ingured youy leg at all if so i would go straigh back to the doctor my fried had cellulitis and ended up in hosp with antibotics till healed but still had underlying injury to the bone ...

Paul asks…

How Long Does Cellulitis Last?

I got cellulitis in my arm from an injection at a doctor's office. It's been about two weeks (on antibiotics) and the redness and swelling has gone down, but it still hurts and it feels like bugs are crawling around in my arm. Has anyone had this and knows how long I can expect this type of thing? Could there be nerve damage?


Go back to your doctor immediately! My grandpa gets it in his legs often because of his age and it can lead to other problems. If you get a high fever, go to the emergency room. Don't just sit around waiting for it to get better.

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  1. My mother was diagnosed with Cellulitis and was hospitalized for 7 days. She was given additional antibiotics to take when she was released. What i have noticed is that the redness has cleared approx. 60% however the swelling on her ankle and feet is getting worse, and the skin is getting darker. It seems as if the leg is healing from the top down but as its healing it is filling up with more fluids. Is this normal? How long for the swelling to go away? Should i be concerned about the skin that is turning darker?
    More info!

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