Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a severe bacterial infection affecting the skin. The bacteria causing cellulitis are group A hemolytic streptococcus. The affected skin remains swollen and red. It becomes hot and painful to touch. It commonly affects the lower legs, face, arms, and other areas. It is managed by taking antibiotics. In untreated cases, it becomes a life-threatening condition.

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What is the reason for the pain under my right rib?

Query: Hi doctor, I am an 18 year old male, and I weigh 90 kg and 178 cm tall. I have pain under my right rib, and it hurts while breathing. I hope it is not liver related from alcohol. I had two drinks in the last few days, but those are the only drinks I have ever had.  Read Full »


Dr. Saravan Pramod Settipalli

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It does not seem to be related to alcohol drinking as per your history, as two drinks do not make much of a change with the anatomy of the liver. It is probably suggestive of muscle related problem. It might be myalgia or cellulitis. I suggest you get a liver funct...  Read Full »

Can shaving my bikini area make it rough, itchy, and painful?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been waxing for ten years, and I have no skin reactions. But the last couple of months, I could not wax, so I shaved. And my bikini line has changed drastically. It has become itchy, rough, and painful. I have no discharge. I was given antifungal cream Fucidin, and nothing se...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It could be a razor rash that got infected and formed cellulitis due to the hair follicles getting infected, causing pain and inflammation. Would you please send a picture of the lesion for a better opinion and suggestion on treatment?  Read Full »

I developed redness with a painful swelling at the vaccinated site. How to treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 53 year old lady with controlled DM for four years and mild hypertensive for two years, I have received Influenza vaccine and Meningococcal vaccine on the same day in both upper arm sides before one week. Today, I developed painful swelling with redness in my left upper arm at the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Veerpal Singh Uppal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. A painful swelling after vaccine at the injection site in a diabetic patient is common. In diabetic patients, if glucose control is inadequate, then any injection of injury causes prolonged healing due to the high sugar level in blood. You just have to check and keep yo...  Read Full »

What first aid could be done for cellulitis?

Query: Hello doctor, My friend has a swollen and painful leg. Looking at the picture of her leg, I think she has cellulitis. She is having a hard time seeing a doctor because there was no available doctor in the nearby hospital last night. It already has blisters. What should be done as first aid now, whil...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Sir, this is bullosa that subsides on its own, but there are chances of spreading when it breaks. Hence antibiotic ointment is required. I would suggest you apply Silver Sulfadiazine ointment twice daily and keep...  Read Full »

Does cellulitis with white spots in the thumb finger near the nail indicate onychomycosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old male of height 5'10" and weight 92 kg. My left leg thumb region has cellulitis with white spots secreting pus. On the first day, there was only itching, but the second day it started to pain and hotness over the region. Today is the fourth day since the problem started...  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Is there a loss of nail cuticle? Are you diabetic? Is there any history of injury or microtrauma? Do you have a fever? Is there any oozing? What is your occupation? Was there any prolonged contact with water? Please answer the questions and attach a clinical picture ...  Read Full »

Do increased blood sugar levels cause cellulitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I was diagnosed with cellulitis in my right leg above the ankle. It had again come on my right leg two weeks ago. The swelling this time has subsided without antibiotics. But I still feel some tiredness. I had it three times last year, and the doctor examined it and said it should be bec...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. I went through your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The blood values are changed significantly. Especially ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), WBC (white blood cell) indicates i...  Read Full »

What causes a swollen ankle to turn dark red?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 77 years old. He is suffering from swollen ankles. His redness on the swollen area has turned into dark red. He is not diabetic. He had a stroke before few years and he has undergone a liver operation due to cancer eight years back. He does not have fever, chills, or dizzi...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchala Prasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your father is having cellulitis or joint effusion due to hepatic insufficiency. If his limbs are warm, then it shows cellulitis and so it needs immediate treatment. If his limbs are cold in the affected area without fever, then it can be due to eczema or purpura, or ra...  Read Full »

Do I need further treatment for my septic joint?

Query: Hi doctor, Before 10 days, I got a cut on my knee. Two days later, I swam in the contaminated water. Then, I realized that my knee was extremely red, inflamed, tender and spreading outward from the site of the cut (first image). I cleaned the wound with alcohol and did not seek treatment. The follow...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your history and the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Although it is still not clear how the wound happened, did you brush against something while swimming or was it some insect bite? Secondly, as you mentioned fresh water, we n...  Read Full »

What can cause pain starting from the left side of the hip to the leg?

Query: Hello doctor,This query is about the pain in my mother's veins, which started from her left side of her hip and spread to her whole leg. This pain is unbearable. She is 46-years-old. Her height and weight are 5'4" and 83 kg. She has a problem with her knees too due to overweight.Kindly advise me of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kapil Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you describe the pain a little more and share some pictures of the affected leg if possible. Does the pain occur on moving the leg? Is the pain like a current-like sensation from the hip to the leg? Is there any change of color in the affected leg? Is there...  Read Full »

I have cellulitis in the lower part of the leg. Kindly suggest an antibiotic.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from cellulitis in the lower part of the leg from the last 15 days. I had consulted a doctor and he prescribed Clarithromycin 500 mg. The infection was greatly reduced. As soon as I stopped using antibiotic, it became red and pain started again over the part where it was pr...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please get your blood sugar checked and send a blood culture. If the organism shows resistance to certain drugs, then we need to change the antibiotics to cure cellulitis. Also get an ultrasound of the abdomen to rule out inguinal lymphadenopathy. Please send a picture of...  Read Full »

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