Cellulitis

Question:

The symptoms of cellulitis can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your initial symptoms? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Dee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

My cellulitis symptom was fiery pain and then what looked like a cyst developed. The next day the area was flatter but had a deep purple bruise.

Comment from: Sheila R, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

My toes are so sore from cellulitis I can barely walk on them. Then, the burning is horrible. Toes can barely touch the ground.

Comment from: Annette Marie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

Wearing an ankle brace after a sprain caused a deep abrasion on top of my left foot where Velcro straps fastened. Bacitracin did not help, which is rare for me. The area became very red, inflamed and painful. The skin looked shiny and tight as if bending foot and toes would split open the skin. I still tried home care until chills began. I went to Urgent Care and found it was cellulitis. I'm about to finish my 10th day of Keflex and Bactrim plus Silvadene cream. Infected area is shrinking about 70 percent and I'm able to wear my shoe. I feel better.

Comment from: Sydney H, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

I got cellulitis on my foot. My main symptoms were terrible swelling until I couldn't bear to even stand on it. It was painful to touch or push down on. Felt like a huge swollen bruise on the top of my entire foot spread all the way up to the top of my ankle.

Comment from: Cindy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

My lower legs were swollen and red with blisters from cellulitis on my right foot.

Comment from: Dr. Pain, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I had 1 small sore on my leg, I ignored it and the next day there were 2 small sores. I started bacitracin ointment and on the 3rd day I had 3 large blisters where the 2 small sores were. My leg became red and swollen from cellulitis, so after 3 rounds of antibiotic pills and ointments, each round lasting 10 days and my leg isn't healed. I am on my 4th round of antibiotics and now going on the 5th week. This is one bad and painful disease and it looks like it is now starting on my other leg!

Comment from: bottlebloke, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

Cellulitis felt like I had scalded/burnt legs. I had reddening and swelling of the skin on both my lower legs, combined with a few larger blisters, but many more small, red bumps and blisters proliferating on shins and front of legs up to the knee level, but not below ankle which remained swollen and red.

Comment from: Sassafras23, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I woke up on Wednesday with a sore foot, by Friday I was in horrible pain. I had a one inch lump under the skin on top of my foot. I went 2 Urgent Care (UC) and was told it was cellulitis. I got 7 days of Keflex and saw my doctor 4 days after it was over. The doctor gave me 3 more days of Keflex and said if it wasn't 99 percent I had better go to the emergency room (ER). It wasn't better, but I wasn't comfortable about going to the ER with the COVID situation, so went back to UC. I got 5 more days of Keflex and am almost out. My foot is 85 percent better, but without Keflex it is going to come back. I don't know what to do, the doctor won't help and ER told me to see my doctor!

Comment from: michelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

We are moving house in a week, Saturday. I’ve been on my feet a lot and suddenly my foot and leg are puffed up and blistered with cellulitis. They are red painful. I had 2 weeks of antibiotics and finished them on Saturday. My leg is very sore, red and painful. Wondering if I need more antibiotics.

Comment from: Louisea , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I suffered 3rd degree burns to the head that was caused by peroxide hairdryer. The peroxide infected my burns and caused cellulitis. I’ve had 4 different types of antibiotics and creams but 4 weeks on, my head is still weeping yellow from the burns. My left ear is so swollen that I can’t hear and also weeping. I’ve got rash marks that look like burned scales, and skin with blisters in the middle. They are very sore, itchy, red and inflamed.

Comment from: Damnthispain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I started with a small (dime-size) spider bite on the inside left leg, just below my calf. Then, 2 days later, my leg was painful, swollen, red and blistering from the bite site to just below the knee. My swelling now has traveled to my foot and I now have a 'Shrek' foot! The pain is too much when I walk. It is the worst when I first stand after lying down. I went to the emergency room and they were incompetent. Now I need ideas on healing.

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Comment from: Dave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I had very swollen, red leg with cellulitis. Three different courses of antibiotics cleared it but it never went completely. Now I have some liquid filled blisters, I don’t know why and what to do for it.

Comment from: Lola, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I had a complete knee replacement, but was in the hospital again for 9 days with cellulitis. My leg is still red and blistered. My skin is shedding and still red, I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Blue Benson, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

I get chills in the middle of the night; every time. This is my 3rd occurrence of cellulitis.

Comment from: Terri, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I had 2 blisters from the sun on my lower belly. They got infected with cellulitis. In one week the infection site doubled in size. The doctor gave me 2 antibiotic shots and a steroid shot, and sent me home with 2 antibiotics and a steroid. Three days later it's still spreading but it's not as painful. Hope antibiotics kick in soon. I don't want to go to the hospital for IV antibiotics. I had to do that last year with cellulitis on my leg. The surgeon put me in an Unna’s boot, it was painful and covered with boils.

Comment from: Mae h, 75 or over (Patient) Published: July 22

Pain, heat and discoloration of the lower leg were my cellulitis symptoms.

Comment from: Cory, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I was stung by a bee underneath a toe. I washed it with soap and water and put a baking soda paste on it. The toe swelled up. It seemed alright, until 5 days later, it was swollen and itching like crazy. Then I saw a welt of cellulitis appear on the same leg near the knee and the other leg on my thigh. I’ve been on antibiotics for several days. The top of my foot is still itching really badly.

Comment from: Denisez, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I developed tenderness on my right elbow bone. It hit suddenly so I thought it was from using the computer mouse. Nope. Next day it swelled up and was hot to touch. I had extreme pain… 10 out of 10. I went to Urgent Care. It was cellulitis; never had it before. Took 10 days of Keflex. It is day 3 and getting easy to move my arm.

Comment from: Margaret , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

My nose got red, swollen and tender on the right side, with cellulitis. Then an oozing, itching sore appeared on my nostril and is still scabbed after 2 weeks. Today I have the same sore on my elbow, red and fluid filled. No itching this time. No previous injury to nose or elbow either.

Comment from: Mario516 , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 11

I’m two months removed from cellulitis. I still have a lot of problems with the skin on my leg where I had cellulitis being very itchy, and my skin gets cut very easily. Wonder if anybody else has these problems.

Comment from: Ali, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

It started early hours of morning, I couldn't sleep, felt dizzy and was sick. Straight away I got a blinding headache and spent the whole day in bed with it, and chills. Next morning my foot was swollen, red and painful, and it felt like my toes were burning! Managed to get to the general physician (GP) who diagnosed cellulitis from athlete’s foot and gave me 7 days of antibiotics, 2 tablets 4 times a day. The redness, pain and swelling have decreased but still there and it is still sore to walk on. Going back to the GP today as I have finished the antibiotics.

Comment from: Nigerski, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I am on my 6th bout of cellulitis. I have had it in one calf or the other. Once it was on both at the same time, and this time it's in my left foot. I've been hospitalized 5 times in total. This past time I had no visible signs. I went to the emergency room after 24 hours of 103.5 temperature. We thought I had the flu. So did the hospital, at first. I spent 5 days on IV antibiotics, 10 on oral ones at home, had a shot in the rear and today (day 18), was put on another 10 days antibiotic. Today feels like I've now got tonsillitis coming on.

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Comment from: Joe , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 20

I slipped over in a gutter which resulted in a minor graze under my knee. A week and a half later at some point the area became infected with 3 yellow watery bubbles. Redness, swelling and 10/10 pain appeared. The cellulitis spread up and down my leg but luckily didn’t spread into my knee joint. I was hospitalized for 5 days on IV antibiotics then sent home with 5 days’ worth of clindamycin antibiotics. Pain and swelling is gone but knee still feels a little stiff and hard around the initial infection area and knee.

Comment from: Nannie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I had been in the Northeast In the winter and fell down some icy steps a few days after arriving. I cleaned my scraped calf and knee, everything appeared to have healed and the scabs had come off in the shower… I thought. Fast forward 5 weeks, I get home to the Southeast and wake up the next morning with a lump and swollen calf that was very hot to the touch. I treated it with ice packs not knowing what it was. I went to Urgent Care the next day, diagnosed with cellulitis, given a shot of Rocephin and a prescription.

Comment from: DaQueen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

My cellulitis causes an achy burning feeling even when you don't touch it. I take Tylenol which does not work. Neosporin doesn't work either. I'm in a world of pain every minute of the day.

Comment from: Smile , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

My cellulitis symptoms were redness around my little toes and burning hot skin.

Comment from: Junieb, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

Cellulitis started in my left leg in my inside calf, then redness, tightening, burning, hot to touch, and painful to walk. About 4-5hours later it started in my right leg.

Comment from: Pmcclure , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

Wonder if any of you have had cellulitis and it went away on its own. My hard spot seems to be swelling and belly button is closed in now with blisters on it. My red area is reducing and it’s itching which means healing right. The pain is still there for sure. It’s been a week today since it started. Since we don’t have insurance, trying to treat on my own as the doctor wanted to charge me USD 250 to write me a prescription.

Comment from: Denise, 55-64 (Patient) Published: January 14

I had a flu on Thursday with fever, chills, shaking and severe body pain that felt like the dengue I had 7 years prior. Friday I awoke with left side pain or cramp from groin to calf. Saturday I awoke with a swollen left leg, red, tender and hot. I went straight to the emergency room. I had IV antibiotics, Doppler test and 10 day course of oral antibiotics for cellulitis. Clinical symptoms are resolving, but it is still mildly painful. Trying my best to keep it elevated, not easy. Follow doctor’s orders.

Comment from: Barb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

Cellulitis started on my legs at the front just below my calves, which swelled, got red and hot.

Comment from: Shoults, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 07

My husband's finger was injured a year ago, and he just got cellulitis in his finger. He has been taking Keflex but now the bone is hurting really bad, although the infection seems to be healing. I don’t know what would cause the pain be in the bone.

Comment from: Helga, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

My outer elbow is painful to the touch, hot and red from cellulitis.

Comment from: Wliam1224, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 11

I was just diagnosed with cellulitis for a second time. First time on the right shin, this time left shin. First time I waited three days before I saw a doctor, but this time I went right away. I have to wait four hours for my Keflex. My whole body aches, plus on top of everything I have gastritis and anxiety. My leg is burning, but no fever or swelling and the redness isn't growing. We outlined the redness with a marker.

Comment from: Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

Skin darkening and redness are my cellulitis symptoms; my skin is hard as wood.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

The top of my left foot is swollen from cellulitis, and painful just under my little toe. I have had it for a week now I can’t walk on it without limping.

Comment from: Lesley, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

My cellulitis came up overnight in my calf. I contracted sepsis from it and ended up on life support in ICU. I pulled through and was brought round 2 weeks later. I had to learn how to walk and talk all over again. I have had cellulitis again since, but got it sorted really quickly.

Comment from: IrisDeGrasse, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 22

My very old cat bit me - 3 punctures. In a few hours, it had become swollen, but I went to bed. When I woke up, the swelling was worse and I had red streaks up my arm. I spent 48 hours in the emergency room while they drew on me as cellulitis spread and I got IV doxycycline (allergic to Augmentin). Finally it stopped. Infection numbers went down. All of it is gone except the top of my hand. It hurts like a burn and is still swollen. I have 5 days left on the doxycycline - hope it works because I go back to work in 4 days.

Comment from: Fareeda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

My cellulitis started with swelling and redness on both feet and just got worse. I went to my general physician and she wasn't sure what it was, thought it might be my veins. I eventually ended up in the hospital, was given antibiotics, and discharged. Four days later they discovered my veins were pumping blood down only. I was prescribed antibiotics and my medicines were changed. The swelling has now gone down, but I have a bit of redness and burning sensation on top of both feet, and discoloration now I use compression socks.

Comment from: Denise Ison, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

Cellulitis started in my left leg 4 days back, pitting edema that turned into red bump like skin and spread to the right leg yesterday. The doctor put me on antibiotic yesterday. I can’t see any change.

Comment from: peppatti, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

Ten days ago, I felt very sick with a nausea, fever and chills and tenderness in my calf, which turned to a red area on the calf, very hot to the touch. Doctor ruled out DVT (deep vein thrombosis) by ultrasound, gave me an antibiotic shot for cellulitis and penicillin every 6 hours for 10 days. This is the last day of those nasty antibiotics which made me confused and almost unable to put a sentence together. Swelling is down, redness down, and pain is gone. I am itching and peeling at that area.

Comment from: Ivy1930 , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I suffer with lymphedema. I had a very small break in my leg which I didn't notice, then I had a small red patch that soon turned into cellulitis in my left leg. It is very red, swollen and very painful. For a week I was on oral antibiotics, but still the redness didn't go. I could hardly sleep or walk. I went to Accident and Emergency, they sent me to a clinic for IV. I've had this now for a week, and although they say the cellulitis has gone I am still in so much pain and it is still looking red.

Comment from: dummy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

About a month ago, I hit my shin on something. Anyway, I didn’t realize any skin had been broken until it started to look like a wound with yellow pus in the center. I cleaned the area with cellulitis with Dial soap and then I put some antiseptic with iodine in it, on the area. Two days later there was a really bright thick red ring outer edge. I went to the emergency room (ER), and got on doxycycline for 7 days. It seemed better but got dark purple but no change, and now a rash around it. I may need to go back to the ER.

Comment from: Nancy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I have a large lump on the bend of my leg at the very top. It is very red and hot and swollen. I think it is cellulitis.

Comment from: Melissa1976, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

My symptoms of cellulitis were redness on my whole left leg, pain and it was hot to touch.

Comment from: Tami, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 17

Cellulitis started as a sore on my chest between my neck and breasts. I had a prickly, tingly and really itchy, sore swollen red patch that grew to four inches in diameter in three days. Thank goodness, my brother knew exactly what it was and told me to go to the doctor as soon as possible. Now I am on heavy antibiotics and may still need to get the intravenous antibiotics. Don't wait if you have a hot red inflammation with above symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible.

Comment from: Michelle, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

The first time I had cellulitis I thought I must have the flu but I realized my right leg was very red and swollen. It also felt hot to the touch, with small bruises. I went to my mom’s and fell asleep for 11 hours then drove home at midnight. The next morning I went to the emergency room (ER) and the doctor said I had a very bad infection it was cellulitis. I am off to the ER again, this is my 6th time with cellulitis in 2 1/2 years because I have eczema on my feet and often get small cuts; this is how it happens.

Comment from: Bhar, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

My first cellulitis symptom was excruciating pain in my leg. It doubled in size and made me immobile, with swelling.

Comment from: Julianne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

October 3 I was hiking, my right knee began to hurt, and the pain traveled to my calf. Next morning, my calf was swollen. Afternoon I felt heat. I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with cellulitis. Only thing might be a wound on shin from backpacking in July/August. Other possibility is a 9-day kayak trip, but I do not remember any injuries, though feet were wet in the neoprene daily. Now October 5, I have taken a 2nd antibiotic, it is still swollen and painful. Hoping for quick improvement.

Comment from: Ola Bus, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

My throat was paining me, I couldn't swallow and when I swallowed forcefully, it was very painful. Thereafter I started running a temperature. And I also noticed a cream color at the upper part of my throat. I touched and perceived it, and it was smelling badly. These were my first symptoms of cellulitis.

Comment from: Matt B, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

I have cellulitis on my lower right leg and my doctor told me it looked like it was healing, after I took a course of antibiotics. It's been about 3 weeks and it still hasn't gone away even though I had no more pain, until a few days ago when it turned really red and I felt biting pain. Now it looks purple and bruised but no pain. Wonder if I should I be worried.

Comment from: kchan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I felt fine right up to the moment I puked. I had chills like a seizure was happening, lasted for 5 hours, and I had leg pain. Vomiting continued with leg pain for another 36 hours before only leg pain remained. My leg was red and painful from the cellulitis. I iced and elevated, tried to keep to the BRAT diet to get my guts back into normalcy. I went to the emergency room at 64 hours, unable to keep clear liquids down and pain was worse than when the horse kicked and broke my thigh bone. I was given clindamycin. I assumed food poisoning at the start, wrong idea.

Comment from: flstevec, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I noticed nothing. All of a sudden I got sick. My temperature rose to 103.9. Then I could not understand what was wrong. I went to the emergency room and of course they gave me a Tylenol. That night my leg blew up crawfish red, swelling, and the pain came. Eight days of IV antibiotics finally brought the cellulitis down. Three weeks later, milder symptoms and 10 days I was hospitalized with vancomycin every 8 hours in conjunction with other antibiotics. Now I have pain everywhere, red splotches, and chest pain. I hope I will get cured on the 3rd run.

Comment from: Katy UK, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

My cellulitis started with raised lymph nodes on one side of my neck. That progressed to raised lymph nodes all over my neck. I felt shivery and had no appetite. It was hard to sleep as my neck was so sore. I then got oral antibiotics. Next day I woke up with red, tender and swollen face on one side, and also scalp. I was off to the doctors and was admitted to the hospital. I am now on IV antibiotics. Expecting to be in for 3 days. All free on NHS!

Comment from: Ab09, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 05

My mother was diagnosed with cellulitis. She was having knee pain and swelling in her leg since almost 1 year. One day she got high fever and chills. And the very next day her leg was red and swelled. She lost her senses. The doctor gave antibiotics and referred her to a surgeon. The surgeon applied some lotions and wrapped with crepe bandages, after which her pain increased horribly and she got big boils on her leg. After seeing that we immediately took her to a hospital for treatment, they operated and removed dead skin.

Comment from: renee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

My cellulitis started with my foot being sore and red. Now it is swollen, red, and very painful.

Comment from: Tfenn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I am on day 4 of cephalexin and an infected foot due to barnacles that is slowly starting to heal. I tried to avoid antibiotics but after 2 weeks of no change in the slices in my foot I decided it was time. Not fun as the prospect of losing my foot is not an option. I cannot walk on it but finally the purulent openings in my foot have dried up and the cellulitis is starting to fade. I was initially put on doxycycline but it did nothing. The cellulitis started out as an extremely itchy rash.

Comment from: Barb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

It started with pain and dizziness. The doctor put me on Augmentin which didn't touch the cellulitis infection. Then my left ear got red and swollen, and I had pain throughout the left side of my head. Then sore throat, double vision, vomiting, diarrhea, bad headache. Felt like I was on an amusement ride. I went to the emergency room where I spent 7 1/2 hours. I had CT scan, MRI with and without contrast, lab work, and medicine and antibiotics by IV. They treated me for 2 days. I went home deaf in my left ear. I saw the ENT and was put on prednisone.

Comment from: Lucy1952, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 12

My son's dog knocked me down and I fell on my left side; the whole left side. I hit the side of my calf and scraped it. Blister popped up 1/2 hour later with clear fluid. Then it started to bleed and started swelling. My whole leg became swollen, red and bruised in the next day or so. I waited a week before going to the emergency room. I was diagnosed with cellulitis and sent home with 10 days of clindamycin. Pain has started and is bad. The rest seems to be improving. I can't take anything but Tylenol. Feels like nerve or muscle pain. Just want pain to dissipate.

Comment from: Jantana, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

My father is currently in the hospital with cellulitis. He has heart problems (artificial heart valve, pacemaker, high blood pressure, etc. The doctors have decided to not lance it due to the fact that not only is he on blood thinners and blood pressure medicines, they discovered that he's diabetic too. He had gotten scalded because of the severe heat and it got majorly infected to the point he drove himself to the emergency room from work that morning because he was unable to do his job due to his intense level of work.

Comment from: Ieg burn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I have an open wound on my lower leg due to a burn, 9 x 9 cm. I have had 2 failed skin grafts and the wound is worse than ever. My lower left leg started swelling 5 weeks ago, and it is still the same, no better. I don't want to bother with a doctor but am in a lot of pain in my leg, ankle, and foot. I have seen the general physician and was sent to the hospital for IVs, as doctor says tablets won't cure the cellulitis. I got blood tests in hospital, no infection 5 weeks ago, and still the same 5 weeks on. If the doctor wants me on IV I don’t know why they have not done it.

Comment from: Ali, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

Besides cellulitis I also have varicose veins and eczema. Both my ankles and feet are in so much pain and sensitive to touch.

Comment from: KAE, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I'm a healthy person but have high arches, so if I wear uncomfortable shoes I can have painful feet. Two weeks ago, no injuries, no insect bites, no skin lesions, I just woke up with pain in the side of my left foot. I blamed the shoes I wore. The next day the foot was incredibly painful so I ended up in the emergency room. My foot was mildly red and warm. I was given doxycycline for cellulitis, for 10 days, and ibuprofen. A few days later it became swollen and redness expanded. It began to resolve in 5 days. Still a little painful to the touch.

Comment from: Monica , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

My cellulitis symptoms were swollen ankle with bruising and pain for five days. I have been on antibiotics.

Comment from: Jackie D, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I am 65. I was working in the yard. The next day I had a raised area about 3 x 3 inches on my right inside calf. It felt like it was on fire, and bright red. I figured something must have bitten me. I watched it for another day. It was worse. Redness grew to 2 separate large areas on the leg, and was very hot to the touch. I became super concerned as I thought It was blood poisoning. I contacted the doctor who diagnosed me with cellulitis and prescribed me Augmentin for 10 days. It’s better. Skin discoloration is still there.

Comment from: TunnelSpringsBullies, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I stepped on a nail out of a wooden pallet and it went through my shoe. I had to pull it back out, but 2 weeks later my foot is swollen; well, actually the middle toe on my foot. I ended up going to the emergency room and was diagnosed with cellulitis. I have been to the emergency room twice, I have taken three different antibiotics, it's been 5 months, and I still have cellulitis in my foot. My toe is still swollen, only now it is accompanied with blisters and itches severely.

Comment from: CallmeH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I went to urgent care and was diagnosed with cellulitis in a toe on Saturday. My toe had a cut on it that had swelled and looked infected. I was sent home with two antibiotics and told to keep soaking in warm Epsom salts. Sunday night it was much worse; extremely painful and swelling was in all my toes as well as the bottom of my foot. The emergency room doctor numbed it and lanced it with scalpel. So painful! Now Wednesday, only slightly improved. I can’t walk on it. Still very painful. Very worrisome.

Comment from: James , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 27

I went to bed with no signs of any problem, woke up 2 hours later with extreme leg pain, fever and chills. I was diagnosed with cellulitis and went septic. Spent 9 days in the hospital on IV antibiotics. It has been 3 months since first diagnosed and am still fighting leg pain and severe swelling. I have been on several rounds of antibiotics. Hopefully one day I will get my life back.

Comment from: akamami, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I awoke June 1 with red nose like Rudolph. Appointment was given 1 month away. I used Cetaphil, Neosporin, Aquaphor, two different diaper rash ointments, witch hazel, hydrogen peroxide, The Ordinary's 10 percent azelaic acid suspension and fresh aloe vera, all to no avail. Concerned nose would fall, I did Doctor On Demand and was diagnosed with cellulitis. He prescribed 500 mg of Keflex (3times a day) and mupirocin topically. It is 7 days now with little improvement, except pain and itching subsided. Dermatologist appointment is in 2 weeks.

Comment from: Sue , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I have psoriasis on my right foot. I have been on antibiotics off and on for 6 months as I have been getting cellulitis on the same foot, with ankle redness and swelling going up my leg. I was just diagnosed with streptococcus. Now I’m on bacterial cream. I have been put on Ziten to clear the psoriasis and antibiotics to stop cellulitis. I have had pain in my right hip and upper leg mainly when relaxing and at night.

Comment from: Reenie , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I felt extremely tired and had a viral headache, night sweats, and mid-way down my right leg was itchy with slightly raised white bumps; no apparent cut or injuries. I thought it was an allergic reaction or my psoriasis was causing inflammation, etc. I tried to use my steroid topical cream and over the counter balms to relieve the red, swollen area and insane itch for about 4 days, but it got burning hot, I went to the dermatologist and was diagnosed with cellulitis.

Comment from: Jana O, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

After a bath, I used a pumice stone on the calluses on my heel. Soon I had a sore throat and vomiting lasting 3 days. On the 4th day I couldn’t walk because of pain in my foot. At the emergency room (ER), a solid pink rash appeared on my foot. I got IV fluids (dehydration), antibiotics, and prescription medicine. I came back to the ER the next 2 days because my foot was worse (swollen and red). MRI showed cellulitis (no bone infection). I was hospitalized for 5 days, and took oral antibiotics for 10 more. No diabetes, no obvious entry point, and no immune disorder.

Comment from: Scott, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

I had redness on my right calf that I thought was from rubbing against my wheelchair. I took a nap and it had spread and was hot. Having had cellulitis before I knew exactly what it was.

Comment from: Boo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

My first symptom of cellulitis was pink warm skin that was very painful and throbbing.

Comment from: David J 56, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 10

I have extreme pain in my foot. This is the third cellulitis outbreak in 6 months despite taking a 10 day course of antibiotics.

Comment from: Porchia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

It started with a boil on my abdomen. Next 2 days my right breast had gotten 50 percent bigger and red as a bad sunburn, hard as a rock and very painful. I was in hospital 9 days for treatment of cellulitis with intravenous antibiotics, sent home with 10 days’ worth antibiotics. It has improved; swelling and most of the redness is gone, but a small open area the size of a quarter is still sore and a little oozing. I don't know how to get wound to close up, I am going back to the doctor.

Comment from: Sarah, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I am otherwise in great health. No apparent cause for my cellulitis. It began with night sweats, fever and chills. I had sore throat briefly. I had a minor dime size pain just forward of the earlobe, then more fever and chills. The left side of my face started feeling tight from the swelling. Then it turned red and became very warm to the touch. Finally, my left ear became very swollen, and then I had tender glands under my chin and the side of upper neck. Amazingly, no pain. Emergency room did bloodwork and CT of my face. I was kept overnight for IV antibiotics. It resolved soon after.

Comment from: elderlyone, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 29

Swelling and redness in the calf of my right leg were my symptoms of cellulitis. I have been on antibiotic for 7 days.

Comment from: Mgc144, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I initially noticed some pain in the top of my foot, and as the day progressed, the pain became more severe. It hurt really badly to walk and two days after the initial pain started, my foot started to swell. It continued to swell until I couldn’t move my toes or wear any shoes. I went to the emergency room and was prescribed two antibiotics and some pain medicines for cellulitis. I’m on day 6 of my medicines and there is no swelling anymore, but it is still very painful.

Comment from: Sarahsmiles, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

The first cellulitis symptoms I noticed were fever and night sweats. I didn’t realize my surgical incision on my ankle was not okay until my foot and ankle skin got puffy. I was extremely fatigued and sick to my stomach. It took almost two weeks on antibiotics to start feeling better and the wound to begin healing.

Comment from: Dusty, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

The skin on my legs is tender, I'm having random joint pains, my legs are in pain, and my hands are swollen. I can feel a lot of heat coming from the cellulitis infected area.

Comment from: Brian Stack, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 10

I tried to cut dead skin from my left toe next to big toe with a pair of small scissors. Later I developed cellulitis. I got away with non-hospitalization because I wanted to play golf in a tourney. Finally my primary care physician saw how red and swollen my toe was. Also an infection with a red rash developed all the way down my foot. I have been hospitalized for 5 and it will be 21 days by next Wednesday. I feel I will heal well, and if I follow everything that the doctor says I’ll make it out of this problem.

Comment from: Cushion, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I got bitten 24 hours prior to developing cellulitis. I have severe lower leg inflammation, edematous ankle with intense itching, and my leg is hot to touch. I am taking Fluclox 500 mg 4 tablets and Piriton 4.

Comment from: Trissa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

A small arthritis cyst on my finger suddenly became red and painful. Two days later the pain was extreme, the worst of my life. I went to the emergency room, diagnosed with cellulitis, and put on IV antibiotics (and painkillers which did nothing). The next night I had extensive surgery to clean out the infection which had spread into the joint of my finger. Apparently cellulitis in the finger can quickly become dangerous. I spent 4 days in hospital, and it was 3 weeks before pain was tolerable.

Comment from: Clancey, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 12

I have swelling in the leg and foot from cellulitis, it is really red around one area, and it hurts all the time. I’ve been on antibiotics for seven days, but no difference so far.

Comment from: rcethridge, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 22

I had cellulitis for a week before my legs swelled and I got a fever. Then the same day I got a yeast infection and a skin rash. I went to the emergency room and stayed there for 6 days, they gave IV antibiotics that seem to be working slowly, and then I got sent home and given oral antibiotics. My skin rash is almost completely gone and yeast infection is gone. Yet the cellulitis on my leg remains. It doesn’t seem any better.

Comment from: Chandler journalist, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I had an IV back in February but the nurse had trouble getting a vein. He tried at least three times on my right hand but it wouldn't work. They finally got a vein in my left hand to do a CT scan with contrast. After I got home, my right hand was bruised. The bruises lasted for months and kept bleeding and getting infected. I'm now on my second course of antibiotics for cellulitis. I was sick with a fever and body aches this weekend. The redness and swelling have gone down but I'm still pretty weak and feeling crummy. The dermatologist said it was solar purpura but agreed to send me to an infectious disease doctor if it didn't resolve. Well, it hasn't. And I haven't had any bruising anywhere else on my body, only in the hand where they tried to get an IV going three months ago. I hope somebody can figure this out! I can't keep missing work. I just want my hand to go back to normal.

Comment from: NikkiChan , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

I’m in my mid 20s and I recently experienced cellulitis. I got a blister between my pinky toe and the one next to it. I didn’t want to pop it so I left it that way. The next day it was painful to walk on my right foot where I had the blister but I just assumed it would go away and the blister would pop soon. The following day I experienced tiredness and then developed an awful body ache which lead to chills and 103 degree fever. It was the worst and my foot was a bit tender and hurt occasionally but not too much. I eventually went to bed taking ibuprofen and the fever eventually went away before I went to bed. The blister had popped in the morning so I drained it and put baking soda. For the next two days my foot was a bit tender, a little red, and hurt only if I touched it. I did my research and self-diagnosed it was cellulitis (I’m a biology major and enjoy learning about diseases). Anyways I feel better now though my toe still needs to heal from the popped blister and the tenderness. I don’t have fever anymore. I have a strong immune system and get sick 1 or 2 times a year, sometimes I don’t even get sick in a year. I would like to think it’s my immune system that saved me. Anyways I hadn’t realized cellulitis could be fetal or that it is very common. Hope I never experience this again or have to go to the doctor.

Comment from: Jb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I dropped a slat on my right foot while moving a bed. I'm 63, so it's not a good thing to have happen. Both of my ankles swelled quite large, and there was significant bruising on the injured foot. I also had a blister on my left thumb after mowing, but kept it bandaged. My fingers began to hurt and I started vomiting. My hand swelled up huge and began to hurt so bad I cried. I could not even keep water down and was gulping Tylenol to ease the pain. When I finally dragged myself to the emergency room (ER) they wanted to put me in ICU. They said I had ingested too much Tylenol, had hepatitis and cellulitis. I had never heard of cellulitis. They said I was hours away from death. So I remained there four days drinking something that smelled and tasted like waste treatment plant water and getting antibiotics intravenously. I left hospital with a ten day prescription for Keflex antibiotic. My liver stabilized. The pain is so bad. And, you fear it returning. I have one more day of antibiotics left and plan to return to the ER. A lot of the swelling has gone down, but not all. Skin has peeled off. My pinky and thumb still won't bend. This has been, and is, a nightmare.

Comment from: ricksfix, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 29

My left shin was red and swollen. I was admitted to the hospital, and told it was a cellulitis infection of unknown origin. I was given intravenous antibiotic 1 day and 1 day oral antibiotic, and released with 4 day supply of antibiotic. It turned black 6 weeks ago and still slightly swollen and black. I have history of deep vein thrombosis for 5 years. I am on warfarin regiment for life; it is genetic. I have a lump in my upper shin and it is painful after walking for 15 minutes.

Comment from: Diane P, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 07

A few years ago I was diagnosed with a sebaceous cyst. It was a small hard lump on my upper stomach in between but below my breasts. I had no issue till one day I was in a hospital with my mother and a zip rubbed the cyst. That night I saw a little redness, and within 2 days blisters had appeared. Very fast my skin started to just disintegrate and I had to go to hospital and have IV antibiotics. I was also on them orally for 2 weeks and took a picture of the sores every day. It has now been 4 1/2 weeks and the wound is healing. Always use the anti-bacterial pumps they have, and make sure you are careful. Cellulitis has been a horrific thing to deal with.

Comment from: Randy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 12

I was diagnosed with cellulitis about a week ago. It is my calf area. I have been taking doxycycline but it is not helping. The swelling went down a little but the pain is intense and if anything has gotten worse. I am already on Oxycontin 80 mg and Percocet 10 mg. So that tells you how bad the pain is. I took a muscle relaxant called Robaxin and it immediately eased the pain. I wonder if this means the cellulitis has spread to my muscles if that is even possible. Thank you very much.

Comment from: internetmimi, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I fell in my house and landed on my left knee and then fell to my left side. Within a day my leg started to swell and I had redness from my toes to my knee due to cellulitis. I had terrible burning sensation to the touch and my leg doubled in size and was very hard and hot. I was admitted and placed on IV antibiotics for 5 days and pain decreased and so did the redness, and I was able to walk on it with help of a walker and cane. It is now 4 weeks later and pain is gone but my left leg is larger than my right leg and is still discolored. Post operation visit to orthopedic surgeon, I was told that it will take a long time for the swelling to go down. He referred me to a vascular surgeon and he said the same thing. Recommended CEP pressure sleeve to wear forever and leg massage at a rehabilitation center. Swelling is due to fluid in my leg he said. I do have circulation problems. The blood is not flowing up my leg as it should. I also have varicose veins and had swelling in my feet and ankles prior to my fall. I was told by doctor that my varicose veins were causing the swelling in my ankles and feet. Regarding my fall, I had no cuts or breaks in my skin. I don't understand getting cellulitis without those factors.

Comment from: Pain, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

July 16, early evening I had pain in my knee, on way home from work. In a space of two hours, I had shivers, just about able to walk on injured leg. I thought I would sleep it off, and had fever during the night. Knee was swollen, and so was the leg. I went to Accident and Emergency in the morning, and was diagnosed with cellulitis and blood poisoning. A small spot may have caused it. It kept me in for 8 days on antibiotics; I would not wish this on anyone. Swelling went down, 2 months on I got told I have bursitis in the same place just below the knee and lump on knee. I have had physiotherapy for 6 months. I have still got lump and pain below the knee. Will the pain ever go!

Comment from: SS, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

Last year at this time I had a tiny pet hair stuck in my elbow (I am a pet groomer by trade). Over a week or two it got more sore and bothersome. By Thanksgiving week my whole elbow was swollen and inflamed with cellulitis. It was hot, tight and quite painful. I went to the emergency room (ER) and received 2 antibiotics. Three days later, it was worsening, so I returned to the ER where they switched antibiotics, admitted me overnight. They administered the new antibiotic through IV and I was discharged the next day with prescriptions. Now, a year later, a small bump periodically appears in my elbow and the joint is still quite tender.

Comment from: Mg, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

One morning I got up my foot was so very swollen. I knew I did not break it. When I went to stand I felt like my foot was on fire, I could not stand. I was passing out with the pain. Then I found out I had cellulitis. I was afraid, I went to the hospital and they told me I had it. The pain was so bad I threw up every day.

Comment from: Alicia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

Two days ago a received a flu vaccine. I do not recall if my arm was swabbed first. I immediately had pain, redness, and swelling. I decided to wait it out, figuring it was due to the shot. The next morning I woke up and my upper arm was very rigid, very red, very hot to the touch, and sore. I went to the walk in clinic and was diagnosed with cellulitis. I started antibiotics yesterday. I am still in pain but hopeful the antibiotics will kick in soon and start to relieve some of that pain.

Comment from: Bernadette, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

Ten days ago I was feeling rather weak. As soon as I got home, I went straight to bed. Even though it was a warm day, I got colder and colder, and then started shivering. I can't say how long that went on when I woke at one point so hot and sweating that I couldn't get out of my clothes fast enough. My temperature seemed to register 104.2! I dozed off again not being able to take medication because I just couldn't remember to. The next day I felt cooler so I showered. Then the whole thing repeated. Meanwhile my friends were calling each other to go to me as it seems I was delirious on the phone! They came with the paramedics and my temperature was 105! In the emergency room, the doctor noticed a pink area on my leg. It got worse before 3 antibiotics kicked in. The cellulitis in the leg has improved and the color is back to pink from red, the heat has lessened and the swelling is somewhat better at this time. It still hurts to put lotion on. I keep it elevated, but do not use heat on it as my primary doctor advised me to!

Comment from: Debbie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 23

On Saturday afternoon I developed a high fever of 101 and soon started vomiting, and I took to my bed. On Sunday another fever and vomiting, and Sunday evening was when I noticed the red inflamed rash on the back of my right calf just above the ankle. My husband insisted I see a doctor. I was diagnosed with cellulitis and given antibiotics. I was advised to return to the doctor in 2 days if no improvement. It is extremely painful especially first thing in the morning.

Comment from: forcefive, Female (Patient) Published: November 24

I woke up one morning, and the bridge of my nose was very sore. The next day, my nose hurt even worse. I saw a patch of bright, red skin across my nose that was sore, hot to touch and swollen. My nasal passages were constricted. I went to the doctor two days after my first symptoms appeared and was diagnosed with a staph bacterial skin infection/nasal cellulitis. The doctor put me on seven days of 100 mg doxycycline hyclate twice daily. The next day, I felt worse with a fever, chills and generally feeling sick. I used ice packs and anti-inflammatories to help with the swelling. My nose also itched. Four days after I went to see the doctor, my condition was not improving and I went to the emergency room (ER). The ER doctor gave me 800 mg of prescription ibuprofen to take every eight hours. I was in so much pain, my nose felt broken. The doctor also wrote for five days of 100 mg doxycycline monohydrate twice daily, a stronger antibiotic than doxycycline hyclate. I was also told that I had an abscess inside my nose from the bacteria. The stronger antibiotic took care of the infection, and Ibuprofen really helped with the pain. In the end, it took two weeks for my nasal cellulitis to go away.

Comment from: sarahv.51, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

On Saturday afternoon my brother said to me 'You are getting a huge boil under your arm pit.' I had no idea until he said that and about an hour later it started to hurt a little. By Sunday morning I was in so much pain but my boyfriend thought I was just being a baby! Sunday night my arm was hurting so bad, I knew I was going to have trouble sleeping and so I did. I woke up at 2 am sweating and had the chills. My armpit was in so much pain I really couldn’t move it without wanting to cry. I was running a fever so I took an Advil to take the fever down (and it did) but I told my boyfriend I am going to the emergency room (ER). At the ER they did an ultrasound and blood tests and told me that it was cellulitis. They gave me Tylenol for the pain and antibiotics, which I was directed to take 3 times a day 3 at a time for ten days and to go back to the ER in 48 hours for them to check it out and see if it has gotten worse.

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