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Comment from: Helen, 45-54 (Patient) Published: October 14

I had severe cellulitis in my thigh 12 weeks ago, and am still getting pain where swelling was. I had 4 days in hospital after being taken by ambulance sick, drowsy, with burning pain and chills. I had 6 days of IV then 14 days antibiotics. All clear now but the discomfort is definitely still there.

Comment from: DPerk, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 17

Minor fever (100 F), chills, pain in my right thigh, blue lips and cuticles sent me to the emergency room (ER) on a weekend. Abdominal/pelvic CT found nothing (I think they were checking kidneys). As I left, the area below my right calf started to bother me, but I blamed the hospital bed. Next morning my ankle and calf were swollen and very red and hot. I went to the ER again for ultrasound (found no clots) and EKG (all clear). They gave me antibiotics (clindamycin for 10 days, then prednisone for rash) for cellulitis and things cleared up slowly. Not 100 percent yet.

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

I was in the hospital for 4 days on IV antibiotics for cellulitis in my finger, but they ended up doing extensive surgery the day after I was admitted as infection had spread into the joint, and apparently it is difficult for antibiotics to reach some of these areas. They removed large parts of the inside of my finger including bone, tendon sheaths, etc. but at least I still have the finger. It's been three weeks, still painful and healing. Physical therapy starts in 3 weeks. Worst pain of my life.

Comment from: purple28, Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I have cellulitis on my leg which first started as a white spot that I thought was nothing. After two days it started hurting and the area around went red. I couldn't stand on that leg or I would get pains that felt like my skin was get stretched then it snaps. I thought it was going to go away by itself but it didn't and it started getting worse. One night I came home, the spot popped, watery pink blood came out and it wouldn’t stop. So I went to my general physician and they gave me antibiotics, cleaned it and put a plaster on it every 3 days. I don't get pains any more but it hasn't healed yet. I've been going to doctors since the middle of September and I still go to get it plastered. The last time I saw my leg with the cellulitis spot it was healed but it was still pink round it.

Comment from: Maureen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I got cellulitis in my stomach and it swelled up really big, as big as my hand. I was in the hospital for two to three weeks, I think, with antibiotics, and they sent me home with salt water and wet to dry packet in the hole. It's still healing but it's a lot smaller now. Hopefully it'll get better.

Comment from: Joe Joer, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 05

I have a bad case of Cellulitus. I needed 7 days in hospital - as an outpatient - and required 2 separate IV bags. I am now on Apo-Cephalix 500MG pills. There is heavy blistering over a 20 inch square area. I had chronic Fever and Migraine for 6 days, and I would be non-functional without Tylenol 3. People ask about sudden "pain." That only happens in blister cases. When you elevate and rest, healing commencing within the blistered areas. When you stand up or move the healing is breached. The pain is intense but goes away in a few seconds. You can somewhat avoid that by moving and standing up as slow as possible. Blisters eventually combine before breaking.

Comment from: Photo Guy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 19

I awoke at midnight with severe chills and shaking, also a 102 fever. I went to the emergency room and later into a regular room but was immediately transferred to the ICU. My blood pressure was dropping to 70 and I was being infused with unknown fluids. Eventually I was returned to the previous room as my blood pressure stabilized and finally got up to 100 plus. After 4 days in the hospital I was sent home with a pump and a bag of penicillin for 16 days which pumped penicillin into my blood 24 hours a day. Finally the bag and pump were removed and I am returning to normal and finally feeling better. My doctor said I was close to death in the hospital due to my blood pressure dropping.

Comment from: Mrs. H., 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

After a serious fall, I was in casts on my legs and other parts of my body, and when the leg casts were removed, there was slight redness in one spot. The doctor said it was dermatitis, and I was given no instructions for care. I have had this dermatitis on both legs for 15 years. Three weeks ago, my legs began swelling and were full of pain, and they were red from the tips of my toes to my knees. My doctor has treated it with two rounds of oral antibiotics, which have not worked, so I may be admitted to the hospital soon. I am concerned that the hospital can treat this effectively.

Comment from: tammra, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I am 44 years old and have had cellulitis in my breast four4 times. I have never felt pain like that before. This last time they put me in the hospital on an IV and then drained it. The sack like thing was as big as a grapefruit full of infection. The doctor said there is nothing that I can do to prevent to and that I will most likely have it the rest of my life. If this happens to you go to a doctor ASAP...


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Comment from: datril caldwell, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 11

I was first diagnosed with cellulitis in January 2012. My left ankle was swollen and red and hot to the touch. I went to the ER because I did not know what this was. The doctor said it was cellulitis, and sent me home with antibiotics. In March, I got it again same place, and this time I was running high fever with chills and nausea. I spent two days in the hospital with IV antibiotics and then I was sent home with two different antibiotics. Well In May, it happened again. I was hospitalized again and sent home with antibiotics. My doctor sent me to a specialist and he said I have lymphedema. I just got out of the hospital again. Every time this happens, I have had to miss at least 2 to 3 weeks of work.

Comment from: Midwest, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

I just am in the final stages of getting over it. It began on my left foot with a slight swelling. The next day my foot was deep purple and doubled in size. I spent four days in the hospital with IV antibiotics, then three days at home with IV antibiotics, and I will be starting a course of oral antibiotics next. It is about half gone, but I still cannot wear a shoe. The doctor found out I was in the beginning stages of kidney failure, too. Further tests show that it is reversing.

Comment from: grieving, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 13

4/12/12 I just buried my mother, who had a severe case of cellulitis in her leg. She started showing signs of redness and swelling over the weekend. By Tuesday her neighbor talked her into seeing a doctor. Her knee down to her foot was extremely swollen (2X normal) and red, with pain. She was also getting wheezy in her breathing. He was concerned about there being a blood clot. They did a ultra sound, but none was found. He sent her home on an antibiotic, which she discovered that night was one she was allergic to. She vomitted all night. She called the doctor and they gave her a different antibiotic. After 5 more days of the leg not improving, I took her to an after hour clinic, where a NP seen her. He sent her to the ER, where she was admitted that evening. On the second night, she suddenly went into respitory. They immediatley took her into ICU and icubated her with a ventilator. After 3 days they tried to wheen her off, but she went into code blue. A few days later it happened again. After a total of 10 days, they put a trach tube in and a feeding tube. 5 days later they had to send her to a specialized acute care hospital. She continued to fill up with 50lbs + of fluid. By then she was on 3 differnt types of antibiotic, one being vancumyicin, a strong one used for MRSA. Her skin was wheeping with blisters bursting open. It was horrible. After 10 days of treatment at this hospital and the respirator doing all her breathing, we had no other choice but to stop life support. She was 79. I blame the first doctor for not admitting her when she was seen on that Tuesday. She was a high risk diabetic. It's aweful to see a loved one slowly die this way. I had no idea an infection in ones leg could be so deadly. Please make sure you get proper treatment right away. Cause of death on the certificate says Pneumonia. The last time I got to hear my mother voice was a few hours before she went into respirtory failure.

Comment from: vam2, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I woke up yesterday with slight pain just above my forehead, on the scalp, under my hair. Thought it was strange because I didn’t remember bumping my head. As the day went on I felt a little bump. By night it was pretty painful. I was weak and dizzy. This morning took a shower and the water just made the pain worse when it hit it. The day went on and the bump got bigger. The pain was pretty bad. Also have a sore throat and just feel sick. No fever, though. Went to ER and he diagnosed it as cellulitis. So I am on Clindamycin four times a day for seven days.

Comment from: pms, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I'm Patricia and I have cellulitis in the lower part of both my legs. I have taken medication but nothing has helped me. My legs hurt so badly, I cry sometimes where they hurt me so much. The doctors here in Virginia don't seem to care much because I'm disabled.

Comment from: RioRita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 01

The ONLY thing that stopped my RLS was Xanax. I have had it for 10 years and couldn't even sleep at night until I was put on Xanax to take one hour before going to bed. It actually worked!!!

Comment from: alantwo1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 18

I was hospitalized and put on IV with antibiotics for a total of 8 days. I also had very low potassium and an elevated white cell count.

Comment from: walnut grower, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 24

I am 77 years old and in excellent health. Went to bed noticing a small red spot on the top of left foot, I thought it was due to sock rubbing the area. Woke up the next morning with top of foot red and swollen, no break in the skin was noticeable. I waited until the second day to go to the emergency room when it became impossible to put full weight on the foot. No fever was noticed but foot was hot and swollen up to the ankle with read streaks. It was determined that I had cellulitis and given oral antibiotics for 14 days with instructions to see my regular doctor in 3 or 4 days. This is the third day and things do seem to be better, but slow to react to the medication. I am able to put weight on the foot now, but I should have gone to the doctor the first day.


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