Patient Comments: Cellulitis - Treatments

What was your treatment for cellulitis?

Comment from: Jan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I dropped a heavy bookend on my toe and it was cut deeply. A few days later, I felt like the bones in the top of my foot were broken and hurting. A knot came up (I am on blood thinner - Eliquis). Then my foot turned purple red from toes to ankle. I had severe pain and could not put any pressure on it. Next week, my hand did the same thing. I took Cipro, then clindamycin. A week later I went to the emergency room and had antibiotics through IV. During the next week all started fading away. It took most of the month of December for this cellulitis to run its course.

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Comment from: Gail, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 17

I noticed a small red bump on my top right breast after working in the garden. I thought it could have been an ant bite. I took a shower and put antibiotic ointment on it. I have a low immune system due to arthritis medications. Well, 2 days later the bump swelled and the area looked like I had been beaten up, the breast was red hot and draining. It hurt badly. I went to the emergency room and it was cellulitis. I was prescribed clindamycin 300 mg every six hours for a week. I am feeling much better.

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Comment from: pbaczuk, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 17

The emergency room infused IV Keflex and put me on oral Keflex for cellulitis. When I saw my regular doctor, she ordered clindamycin.

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Comment from: Mo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I didn't know what I had till my partner saw my leg. It was very hot and red. I went to the emergency room and they gave me antibiotics. I had to stay overnight to see if the antibiotics took, and they did. They let me go home and it cleared up in a few days.

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Comment from: ernie, 55-64 Female Published: February 24

I have experienced frequent urination problems for years. Recently, while driving in late January, I experienced a severe urge to urinate. I stopped to alleviate. I was only able to slowly urinate. About 15 to 30 minutes later I had the same problem. After small urination I felt relieved. I made it to where our daughter lives. I developed a 101 fever. Then I couldn't urinate, and went to the emergency room. They did bloodwork and inserted a catheter. I took Cipro and cephalexin and the infection cleared up. I went back to my urologist. I am taking tamsulosin and finasteride, and scheduled for surgery in April. I still have catheter. Infection is not due to urinary tract infection; possibly, infection in other parts of body or prostatitis.

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Comment from: Lily, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 08

My mom has really bad cellulitis, she gets so sick and she has no clue how to seek help! I wish I could help her. When she goes to the hospital, they don't give her any doctor's name or advise. One doctor wouldn't help her at all! Her condition is getting worse and is almost on the verge of death.

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Comment from: craig, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had vasectomy on January 11, 2016. That is almost two weeks ago. I am still recovering. The two visits I have made to the emergency room the doctors were less than helpful. I didn't have much swelling however my sac turned almost black with pass-out pain. I then went to my family doctor. She gave me antibiotics, which helped overnight. She told me it had been twenty years since she had seen anyone take more than three days to recover. Then she informed me that a patient had a testicle removed, to stop the pain. Two days later my sac was light purple. My left side is still swollen. The pain on that side is unbearable still. Bottom line, the surgeon made a mess, and the other local doctors are protecting him.

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