Have any of you had cellulitis? I was diagnosed about 2 months ago and don't seem to be getting very far. Perhaps you could help me from your experiences.
My calves and ankles of both legs were a bit swollen for a few weeks then a tender hot red rash started on the foot, ankle and shin of my right leg. It was lumpy and I went to GP who sent me to ER and they confirmed no clot and not cellulitis, suggesting I was checked for heart failure.
An ECG at a different hospital showed my heart was OK and that Dr said it was cellulitis. Two conflicting diagnosis within three days.
Back to my GP who looked at it and said.... If you were coming to me for the first time I'd be sending you to the hospital but we've already done that.. GP gave me a one week course of antibiotics and changed my blood pressure tablet to one that included a diuretic. The redness of the rash faded but not completely away, legs still swollen, and the rash area remains tender to touch and slightly red but not always awfully red.
Having given it several weeks to improve without success I managed to get a telephone appointment today with a different (a locum) Dr in the practice. He has prescribed me a two week course of a diuretic to try and get the swelling down with a blood test after one week. When I asked what about the remaining cellulitis/rash/lumpy skin the Locum said the antibiotics will have taken care of the cellulitis. The area remains bumpy.
It is supposed to help drain the fluid if I keep my legs up which is difficult as I have Restless Legs Syndrome and spend a lot of time needing movement to relieve those symptoms. Hence why I'm up and about at 4.30am. Also my lower legs and feet are aching and tender at the swollen areas.
I have googled but can't find much about lingering cellulitis and I've done a search here in the Health forum and can't find anything.
Please If any of you can share an experience or had it linger and can tell me how it was for you I'd be so grateful.
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