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 possible reasons for the leg swelling due to mosquito bite?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 35 year old female. For four years, my right leg has swollen once in a year in the summer or when I go for agricultural works in mud fields. Initially it starts with fever, vomiting, body pain, chillness and then my leg will change to light red color and the swelling will start....  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It looks like you had cellulitis. You might have scratched your leg and later on it has developed an infection. I think you are accumulating gas in your foot and in your leg. I think you should be seen by an orthopedic surgeon sooner rather than later. You need a co...  Read Full »

I am experiencing a swollen upper lip and area behind the nose due to an infection from an abscess in my front tooth. Is it a surgical emergency?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 25-year-old male, and I have an abscess in my front tooth, which is infected. My whole upper lip and the area around my nose are swollen. My right nostril is closed because of it. I am just wondering if any of this is normal. I am in tremendous pain. Kindly advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Alfiya K Jamal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is a case of space infection occuring from the infection of the tooth known as cellulitis secondary to a periapical abscess. It must have started as dental caries, spread to the tip of the root, then from there to the surrounding tissues and sinus. You need to be ...  Read Full »

Why does my mother have a skin infection associated with swelling on the neck?

Query: Hello doctor, My 68-year-old mother has a skin infection and swelling on the neck, for which she has undergone some tests. I am attaching the reports. Kindly let me know if the reports are normal or is there something to worry about? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your question. I understand your concern. I have gone through the reports you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The blood reports show that hemoglobin is slightly low. The urine report shows trace sugar. So, we have...  Read Full »

My mother has swelling with pain, redness, and pus discharge in the neck. What is the treatment plan?

Query: Hi doctor,My mother is 68 years old and has swelling in the neck for the past 10 days. It appears red and she has pain. Is it a lymph node or soft tissue swelling? There is no history of trauma or injury. I have attached the pictures. She took tablet Zifi CV 200 and tablet Zerodol SP twice daily aft...  Read Full »


Dr. Vinay. S. Bhat

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.From the images attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it looks like the swelling has started as cellulitis and formed an abscess now. If there is no pain, the inflammation might be due to probable antibioma. The treatment plan includes incision an...  Read Full »

There is a white discharge and pain after my gall bladder surgery. Should I be concerned?

Query: Hi doctor,I underwent gallbladder surgery before 16 days. There is an white discharge and pain in the incised area. Should I be concerned about the infection?  Read Full »


Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your symptoms, it is cellulitis. 1. Clean the skin with Hydrogen peroxide. 2. Apply Betadine cream over the affected area. 3. Use a sterile bandage. 4. Eat capsule Clavam (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid) 625 mg twice daily for five days. Send follow-ups dail...  Read Full »

My eyes are swollen and painful, and face is swollen on one side. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female weighing less than 80 kilograms and approximately 5'2 feet. Since morning I have had eye swelling, pain, and headache. The right side of the face is swollen. Can you help me with this? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Ammar Zahid Malik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It seems like you are suffering from preseptal cellulitis secondary to blepharitis from the history. It is inflammation of the eyelid and the associated glands. I suggest you do the following (consult with a specialist doctor, talk to him or...  Read Full »

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. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

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. Uppal Veerpal Singh

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 »

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