Patient Comments: Cellulitis - Infection

Please describe your experience with a cellulitis infection.

Comment from: Jim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

I am going through the worst case of cellulitis that the doctors rate as bad as they have seen! My entire right foot and leg nearly up to my knee had horrendous growths, swollen 4 times original, and ended with various sizes of yellow and black lumps! I was on intravenous antibiotics for 2 weeks, and now continue daily oral tablet intake! I would never wish this on my worst enemies! Horrendous best describes it all!

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Comment from: crystaltc, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had MRSA in my lungs when I was in labor. After they treated it though I seem to get cellulitis often and I am about to go back to the hospital for it again. I had to have a bursectomy done because it was so bad in my knee that antibiotics wouldn"t treat it, and had a 2 week stay in the hospital when it got in my eye area and swelled them shut, which I fear is happening again. Fingers crossed that the doctor gives me oral antibiotics and my eyes don"t swell shut again. It's not an easy condition to deal with!

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Comment from: janebaguette, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I have lost count of my attacks of cellulitis. Since the age of 14, I developed a leg swelling problem which the doctors said was chronic, what followed was these attacks on one leg then the other. This would happen after a month or two. Now I know the symptoms and I always carry antibiotics in my bag. I am 30 years now and as I write this I have cellulitis on my left arm.

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Comment from: jules1234, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I was treated in the emergency room four weeks ago for cellulitis and given a pack of antibiotics. My legs were reduced in swelling redness and warmth in three days. I returned to my primary doctor seven days later and my symptoms were in only left leg. Once again I got a Z-pack and got better. Now for the last week my left leg is swollen, red-hot, and my knee is extremely swollen. When I stay in bed with legs elevated for 10-18 hours all is well.

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Comment from: traillady1, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I sometimes feel some pain where my big toe meets my foot due to previous surgery years ago. A few days ago, I fell. I noticed a couple of small bruises on my big toe. I thought nothing of it. When I went to bed that night, my entire toe was red, purple and black. I thought it might be a spider bite, then got online and realized it was probably not the case. I figured my toe was broken or jammed and went to the doctor. By then, my toe was bright red with black, and it was tender and warm to the touch. It had spread to about half my foot. X-rays were negative for a break or dislocation. The doctor diagnosed cellulitis and gave me a prescription for Keflex 500 mg, 3 times/day. By the next day, color was fading fast and the swelling had gone down. It continues to get better. I should have gone to the emergency instead of waiting!

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Comment from: KTWPatient, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I was born with Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber syndrome which basically means I have an abnormal vascular and lymph system. All of my life, I have had numerous bouts of cellulitis, for which I am hospitalized with intravenous antibiotics. Most times when I get it, I get a mild fever, feel extremely lethargic, and have a red spot on my leg or arm about the size of a quarter. Within a few hours or less, the infection typically spreads rapidly up and down the affected extremity. In the last month, I have been hospitalized twice with cellulitis. Sometimes I get back-to-back infections, but I can also go several months or even years without a recurring infection. My infections are the result of edema and my abnormal vascular and lymph system. Bacteria get in and just cannot "flush" out.

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Comment from: Grammy1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I got cellulitis two months ago. Out of nowhere, I became chilled, my body ached, and I had a fever. I thought I was getting the flu but it happened so quickly. I went to bed and slept for 24 hours until my daughters said something must be wrong. They checked my legs and my left leg down by my ankle was red and warm to the touch. I was so out of it, I could barely walk and had severe pain in my leg. I went to the ER and was admitted to the hospital, where I received an IV with antibiotics. Within four days, my legs were red, swollen to the knee, with lots of blisters and pus pockets. Fortunately, I had a wonderful surgeon who intervened, took me to the OR and debrided my leg. He scraped all the blisters and pus pockets off, and cut two incisions in my leg to release the infection. I had it wrapped with gauze and an ace bandage. The dressing was changed every day. I was in the hospital for three weeks and was on two different antibiotics. It has been four weeks since I've been home. My leg is healing wonderfully. However, I wish I had gone directly to the ER when I started feeling ill. I may have saved myself from getting such a severe case of cellulitis.

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