Patient Comments: Cellulitis - Causes


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Comment from: Leila l, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 01

A bug bite in my left hip caused my cellulitis. It got bad and caused me to have surgery on my left buttock and part of my vagina. I was in good for 10 days and a nursing home for almost 2 months. I almost died!

Comment from: Robeo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 07

Cellulitis is the worst medical situation in my life and I was run over by a truck. A small simple spider bite and eczema caused it. Within a week I was at the emergency room. I lost my appetite, yet gaining a pound per day. In both legs, my quads are red and hard, like marbles, with extreme pain. Inner quad muscle is tight as a drum. Ice helps, heat made it worse. I am taking heavy antibiotics and acetaminophen. I am seeing a dermatologist in the morning. After six weeks and six doctors there seems no end in sight.

Comment from: Camille, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

Tooth abscess caused my cellulitis.

Comment from: Me, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I was stung by a wasp and the next day had a small red patch around the sting. I thought it was a normal reaction to a wasp sting. A week later it was getting worse and I went to my doctor. He diagnosed it as cellulitis and put me on 1,000 mg of antibiotic for 7 days. It has been 5 days on the antibiotic and it looks only slightly better, but I feel worse. I see the doctor in 2 days to see if other treatment is needed.

Comment from: Skeeter, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I went to the doctor for my first Medicare checkup on a Friday, they gave me my first pneumonia shot, and it went haywire from injection site. I had cellulitis from shoulder to elbow, swollen and very painful. We left to go out of town that afternoon and next day I was down. Needless to say I called the doctor Monday morning and they told me to go to emergency clinic as soon as possible. I know the nurse who administered the shot did not put a Band-Aid over it.

Comment from: John, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 25

My right leg had severe eczema small ulcers. One wasn’t healing and caused the cellulitis. The nurse told me to wear surgical stocking. The leg had a dressing over the small round wound. My leg was sore and stinging. Then one night I was suddenly sick. My leg was hurting, I took the stocking and dressing off, and some hard stuff. I washed the leg, it was very sore and bright red. It eased off overnight. I went to the doctor and the nurse said I needed to go to the hospital. Hospital gave me oral antibiotics and sent me home. I went back for deep vein thrombosis scan, and blood check was low. I had 3 IV drips and kept in on antibiotics for 8 nights to treat the cellulitis.

Comment from: Great PCP!, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

An abdominal superficial cat scratch caused my cellulitis.

Comment from: YKHC Hospital, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

I was unpacking and throwing away old paperwork. I’d get scratches and paper cuts. I wanted to go on until bedtime. One family member had strep and was taking antibiotics. My cuts started getting red and tender and had some pus from cellulitis. I quickly started caring for myself but my elbow got worse. Going to the hospital emergency room, I got admitted right away and got put on cephalexin. It wasn’t helping so she said she’d add another antibiotic. Finally a good dose started working. I’m out now.

Comment from: Carolyn , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I'm staying in a shelter and I forgot my shower shoes so about 1 week ago I got very swollen in my legs. I went to the emergency room and they said I have got cellulitis in my leg right up to my knees and now it's moving up to my hips. I've got ulcerative colitis since I was 21 and worried if the cellulitis is going to my colon. I'm so sick.

Comment from: Skyflyer5, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I had cellulitis infection develop under my dental bridge. I started having pain and went to the emergency room. The doctor gave me morphine and 2 shots to temporarily numb the area in my mouth. He first stuck the needles in the abscess and I nearly passed out from the pain. I went home and slept. I woke up and I had swelling from my cheek down and lip on the right side of my face which later extended into my neck. I was hospitalized with IV antibiotics and morphine for pain and fluids and given shots in my stomach. I am home and I have stomach spasm.


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Comment from: Robert , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I was visiting the Philippines where my fiance lives and showed off just a little but the result was scraping my left shin. A week and a half later I was infected. I waited until I came back to the US to go to the emergency room and they told me I had cellulitis. I am taking two different kind of antibiotics and they gave me intravenous antibiotics. I'm just hoping all this goes away.

Comment from: Bonnie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

Ever since I was in a car accident 16 years ago I have had cellulitis off and on I don’t know why. I hope it is not dangerous to keep getting it.

Comment from: lefemme, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

Fish eye warts came at full force on my fingers out of nowhere, in both hands. Prior to this I was helping mom dump out some moldy furniture during her move. I never had a cut nor open wounds but my arms started to itch and within days my arms swelled, more my left, were hot to touch and were peeling. I was given a shot and antibiotics for the cellulitis. On day 4 of treatment, the rash is gone but I have red patches that itch and my right arm has a new rash. I will go to the doctor and see if he can give me another tube of mupirocin.

Comment from: Pnutgirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I had been bitten by a spider and it got bad fast. I had to be hospitalized for 6 days with cellulitis. I had two IV antibiotics and surgery to finally get it taken care of. Because it was on my hand and between two fingers I really had no other options. After the surgery the doctor told me that he had to cut all the way to the bone. So no stitches, it had to be packed and wrapped. I hope this helps anybody reading this to know that it can get that bad pretty quick depending on the situation. Listen to your body. I had to go to the emergency room in less than 48 hours after the bite. Hope this helps somebody. I just thought I'd share my experience!

Comment from: Jan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

Twenty-four hours ago I noticed a very small sting like mark on the front of my leg, very itchy. About 30 minutes later the sting had subsided but I had a red warm feeling on the inside of my bottom leg with a tender lump, and a feeling of badly bruising. My veins looked slightly swollen. I work for a general physician (GP). When I woke up the following morning I could not put my foot to the floor; it felt very heavy where the pain was in my leg, with less movement. I saw the GP because I thought it was a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and he touched the skin which was warm and saw the slight redness. He felt where I told him, it was very tender and painful, and he told me it was cellulitis probably caused by what I though was a very small bite. I have been given antibiotics. This is day two but I am feeling worse than yesterday, only really taken antibiotics for one day so I'm just hoping within next few days it will ease off.

Comment from: Carole, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 20

I have had a small cyst on my cheek for about 30 years which has never unduly concerned me. One morning I woke up and the cyst had gone from the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball. The surrounding skin was hard, swollen, red and hot. I waited 3 days to see the general physician by which time the swelling had spread to my jaw bone and my eye area. Before this happened my cyst had been leaking and although I covered the area with antiseptic cream afterwards, an infection must have started resulting in cellulitis. Even with antibiotic treatment the swollen area continued to spread to the point that my eye almost closed.

Comment from: G-Ma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

My cellulitis came from streptococcus bacteria entering my skin through the eczema on my ankle.

Comment from: dj, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

My cause was from an injury I received from sliding into second base in baseball, then I got cellulitis.

Comment from: Marinit3, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

A simple manicure was the cause of my cellulitis infection in my finger.

Comment from: mickey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

I had chronic diarrhea and nausea for 6 days which caused the hyponatremia.


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Comment from: picker, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 24

I picked a piece of irritating skin off, by my ankle and up about 2 inches or so and this is the cause of my cellulitis. Lesson learned, don't be a picker of dry skin.

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

For over a year I have had repeated CBC (complete blood count) tests, including hematocrit test result at 0.381. It has varied over the past year along with other tests, and no one can figure it out. They just keep doing blood tests over and over again to see what is changing. My RBC is 4.27, hemoglobin 125, and hematocrit 0.381. So far no diagnosis has been figured out. I am still waiting for someone to figure it out.

Comment from: TM, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

I originally had to get a spinal tap in the emergency room for suspicion of an aneurysm. It was unsuccessful as they weren't able to get any fluid. About 30 minutes later I was sent to radiology where it was successful. For the next 3 days I had extreme pain in my back. On day 3 I started experiencing extreme pain in my neck that radiated upwards into my head. I am experiencing somewhat of a headache but it's the neck pain that's the worse. It feels like a super bad case of whiplash. Nobody told me about this possibility. I'm glad all of my tests were negative but I wish the neck pain would subside so that I can do the simple things like get dressed. Well that's my story and thanks for listening.

Comment from: Mum, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 27

Chicken pox infection was the cause of my cellulitis.

Comment from: Grabcia, 19-24 (Patient) Published: January 12

My cause of cellulitis was my open wound. Then my boyfriend’s semen went in my foot, so my foot was aching since then. I went to the doctor and asked what I had because my foot was aching so much, by then about a week it was painful. The doctor said it was cellulitis.

Comment from: moomoo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

My cellulitis started with a loose tooth, and my gums were infected within hours. I was prescribed oral penicillin, left side cheek became hard and there were hard lumps at the side of my nose and under the eye. After 2 days doctor sent me to the hospital, and diagnosed it as cellulitis. I was given antibiotics through IV, 3 doses a day for 5 days. Although most of it has gone I still have the lump at the side of my nose, have to see my doctor today and find out if I need more doses of antibiotic or can take pills.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 13

Bee sting on top of my foot lead to symptoms of cellulitis within 30 minutes.

Comment from: Caggoline, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I developed a large blister on my foot around the big toe. I did not have a plaster with me and continued to walk. This developed into a cellulitis infection. My leg looked normal but I was feverish within 24 hours, and 48 hours later I had a large circular area of raised red skin on my thigh. I went to hospital and was put on a drip with antibiotics and then had a double dose of antibiotics for a week. I felt very unwell. A week later I was much better and the red area disappeared. Now, 6 months later every now and again I feel like someone is squeezing my thigh and it hurts, especially in cold weather.

Comment from: mb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I had gall bladder surgery (laparoscopic) and developed a staph infection that stayed with me now 20 years. All I have to do is bump myself and get a bruise and I will get cellulitis.

Comment from: taylormom1982, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I keep having cellulitis outbreaks on my abdomen area. It started in Jan 2013 and I ended up in the hospital where they had to cut me open to drain the infection. Last year I spent most of the year with a PICC line and being on IV antibiotics. Then in March I had bariatric surgery. I had been fine with no outbreaks until this past week. Doctors can't tell me why this keeps happening.

Comment from: tim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I was working on a building site and scratched my lower leg. It was a small scratch but didn't heal quickly. I work outside and get many scratches and scrapes and cuts, usually just let them heal. One morning I went to site, felt very sore on inside of leg (from ankle through groin, following main veins up leg). It was very painful, I could hardly walk with pain in groin. I had no energy, I felt hot and cold and developed wicked shakes very quickly (within hour). My leg still looked normal at this point but had redness up path of veins in inner leg. I went to hospital, diagnosed with cellulitis admitted straight away and told that I wasn't going anywhere for a couple of days at least. Intravenous antibiotics were given straight away. Next day my leg was huge, from ankle to groin, lower leg very red, hot, very painful, and felt like sunburn on outside. I was in hospital for 5 days but was keen to get out to go back to work; big mistake. I was given oral antibiotics but spent too much time on my leg, should have been elevated above heart. Five days later I was back in hospital with same symptoms. Make sure you get yourself cured before leaving hospital. It is a very painful and protracted experience. I will be in hospital for another week.

Comment from: mart, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had blepharoplasty on my upper eyelids, and after only a day or two my one eye was red and swollen. My ophthalmologist did not think it was anything major, and never offered to see me. By Monday, my eye was so bad, that he did not want to see me, and said to go to the emergency room. I was admitted to the hospital and put on a heavy dose of intravenous antibiotics, and was able to go home the next day, but had to take oral antibiotics for 2 weeks. I am very healthy, and was not happy with my treatment by the ophthalmologist, but my infection doctor was wonderful. I had never heard of this cellulitis, so I was so unprepared for it.

Comment from: Yearly sufferer, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

This is the umpteenth time I've had cellulitis in the exact same place. Doctor said it’s from wearing the wrong kind of bra. But I noticed this time that the husband and I had sex a few days before and had bitten me in that area and while I didn’t think he had broken the skin, I'm pretty sure now that he had accidentally. People's mouths are pretty germy. A cyst occurred first, then bacterial infection. Waiting to see the doctor it rapidly spread, and I now have cellulitis all around it. I always end up with surgery two times for this. Once in office to lance and pack, which never heals and a return visit brings me to day surgery at the hospital. The doctor has told me to quit smoking to promote healing of the site and I will till this goes away.

Comment from: Max, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 09

I felt a slight burning sensation at the top of my foot. This erupted into the foot swelling, very painful, warm and red. Saw doctor who prescribed 500mg flucloxacillin four times a day. After a few days I was still no better. I went to the hospital where they diagnosed cellulitis. They prescribed same antibiotic 4 times 1000mg for 5 days. Fifth day it’s still not cured and swollen but it does seem a bit better. Cellulitis seems to have happened because of my athlete’s foot.

Comment from: B, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 10

I am not sure if I have cellulitis but if it is cellulitis, it would be from injecting drugs.

Comment from: Rozi, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

First of all I had a small problem in my leg, then the surgeon inserted the needle and then I got an abscess. The surgeon lanced it 3 times and after that it started swelling. Now all of my leg is swollen and ulcerous from cellulitis.

Comment from: Judy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 12

I woke up and couldn’t put weight on my left foot. I could only walk with help and the pain was intense. Urgent care did x-rays which showed nothing. My foot was so painful the doctor couldn’t touch my foot. He told me to go to the emergency room because they suspected cellulitis from a bacterial infection. I was put on IV antibiotics for several hours.

Comment from: David , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 01

I had an operation in July for the removal of a cancer. In December I had an outbreak of cellulitis and again in February.

Comment from: Sassy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

My cellulitis was the same scenario as everyone else’s. I had lower right leg rash and swelling. But, mine was not hot to the touch. Why I went to the hospital was because of numbness and my leg was freezing just from the knee down. The rest of my body was hot, even my upper right leg, but below knee was like an ice cube. So, I am not sure where that came from. Thank you.

Comment from: Tammie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 03

I don’t know what caused the cellulitis but for 4 years I been put on antibiotics off and on. I got sore and had to go to the hospital. Now I'm home and it still looks bad. I need surgery on my knees and they refuse to do it. I need this surgery real bad.

Comment from: David, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I'm just recovering from my 2nd bout of cellulitis. It started with a spot of tinea versicolor. It's definitely getting better. But, my leg is peeling badly. At times it is extremely itchy too!

Comment from: DM, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I've had this problem of cellulitis 2 or 3 times, always behind my right ear. I think it starts off as an abrasion, then it's off to the races. I had a swollen lymph node under my ear. I tried to self-treat with Neosporin, but ended up going to the doctor for oral antibiotics.

Comment from: Damien, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

I struck the bottom of a door with my foot accidentally and got cellulitis.

Comment from: jolly, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

After a chest drain for lung fluid, I developed cellulitis at the site. It was very hot and red. Five days of IV antibiotics have slightly helped, but the matter is still bad.

Comment from: Coolz5, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I am a postal worker, on my feet most of the day. An avid gardener, spend much of my off time outdoors in Vermont. Woke up one morning feeling off, severe body aches, slightly sick to my stomach. Went to work. Two hours later, chills, felt wiped out. Went home, back to bed to get rid of chills. High fever, 103.3 in afternoon. Headache. Couldn't be up for more then a few minutes. Figured I had flu. Felt better next morning. Then leg on side of shin started hurting. Thought it was my varicose veins. Started getting red and warm to touch. Hurt to walk. Thought it was blood clot. Went to doctor it was cellulitis. On antibiotic. Two days later, feeling better. Take it seriously. Get medical attention and do what they tell you to.

Comment from: kaluabeach, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 14

I was having pain, a lot of pain in my baby toe and behind it on my right foot, nothing was there two days later its red, more painful and itchy, I made an appointment, but my first mistake was I just should of went to the ER. I knew it was different, but was able to get a doctor’s appointment. I found out it was cellulitis, I could kick myself for not responding sooner. Now that I know how dangerous it is, I am on antibiotics, I feel not good still, it’s going to take time because I should have went the day before. I can’t beat myself up, now I have this on top of other health problems, but this information is helping me to understand what is going on inside of me and more, thank you.

Comment from: Jenefa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I am 72 years old. I had a biopsy done of an area on my lower left and right legs. Afterward, the doctor packed the areas with gauze and wrapped them with a "Coban" dressing (looks like an Ace bandage, but it adheres to itself). A week later, when the dressings were removed, the reddened skin and rash were visible. Since then, it has spread to my lower and upper arms, knees and upper legs. They put me on a cream (steroid) but the rash has remained itchy and raised.

Comment from: trubrit, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

I had a Hysterectomy late last year and within days I had brown discharge from the wound where I was cut and told not to worry it would go with a course of antibiotics. Well 8 weeks later I still have staples to be removed because my incision will not heal the brown discharge has changed to green not a little discharge but running green ooze, I was told three weeks ago I had an infection in the layer of fat tissue. Two emergency room visits later, with CTS showing pockets of infection, five courses of antibiotic later nothing has changed. I have seen the surgeon every week since the surgery where his lack of concern is apparent. I have chills, fevers, trouble breathing, pain, chest pain, I have lost over 35lbs, I have been to one of the largest hospitals in NW Ohio and do you think they I have exhausted all my resources and efforts and I am left to rot from the inside out. If you question a conditions similar to the ones above do not delay get to medical attention, they may be able to save your life.

Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

Norm from PA, plumber, usually very healthy, after 3 days of work on my knees on a bathroom remodel on the fourth day knee began to hurt and swell as well as my shin area below went to doc on fifth day morning and went to the ER and was diagnosed with cellulitis started antibiotic Keflex with some improvement no more fever or chills now have more energy but knee still hurts now on home IV antibiotics for 2 days. To follow up with orthopedic doc in 3 days Hey tradesmen take care of your knees!

Comment from: Rayna, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I work outdoors at a zoo and there is an issue with wasp infestation in the summer. I was at work and felt the sting on the back of my arm - I never saw the insect that got me but I had just been stung 7 days prior by a yellow jacket on my ankle and it felt identical to that. I am mildly allergic to wasp stings so I was not surprised when 6 hours later it was swollen, itchy, and red. I do remember a pus scab that formed directly over the sting which I thought was odd. The next morning it had swelled more around the site but not any worse than my previous stings. Throughout the day, the area became extremely hot to the touch, so hot that I could feel the heat on the surrounding areas of my arm. One side of the swelling stayed in the same place but the other side started spreading and began to wrap around my arm. The whole thing was red and there was an obvious edge to it. That night I was woken up by severe pain in my shoulder, elbow, and fingers. The next morning the swelling had moved 2-3 inches further down my arm and engulfed half of my elbow! That's when I went to the doctor and found out it was cellulitis.

Comment from: hollyblogg, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 29

My mother-in-law is sedentary and either sits in a wheel chair or lays in bed at a nursing home. She recently found that her right arm and leg was swollen and hot, and red. They dignosed her with cellulitis and gave her antibiotics. She had no open wounds, but she does have psoriasis breakouts.

Comment from: bucktapejo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

It started when I was cleaning storage containers to move. They were kept in an enclosed porch which leaked and subsequently became extremely moldy. 2 days later, I was moving furniture and noticed my foot kept hurting more and more. I removed my sock and shoe, and my foot was double the size it should've been, red, hot, rashy looking and extremely painful. Went to ER, never diagnosed with any one condition. Given antibiotic and allergy meds. Went away after 10 days, but foot still hurts where I thought it started (assumed it was a spider bite) and afterwards it peeled like a sunburn.

Comment from: Sherry, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 06

I got a perm. Perm solution got in my ear and got in the ear canal. I wonder if that caused the cellulitis.

Comment from: Ki5me, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

This is how I got cellulitis in the first place; the Bengals. It was never cured in the first place. It is now flesh eating. I did start the antibiotic. I think I am on day 5. Staph or fungus still coming from nose onto mouth and lips. Feeling we need to hit this hard and kill it because it has been going on over 12 years.

Comment from: Chuck, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: January 12

I have cellulitis. I got this because I have swelling of my legs, and the whole of the lower parts of my body. And I also have fungus in my toenail.

Comment from: Maryb, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

We flew to Prague from Melbourne. My right let was blown up even with stockings. I was sent to hospital in case it was deep vein thrombosis, but it wasn't. It finished up to be cellulitis and now I have one skinny and one fat leg.

Comment from: Linda Z, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

My husband has headache, vomiting and diarrhea. It has been 19 hours and his stomach pains are constant. I am not sure how he got the stomach flu.

Comment from: Chris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

I have had cellulitis since August and we are now nearly into November. I have been twice been to have it looked at and all they can think of is a deep vein thrombosis. I am on warfarin, the pain is not in my leg it is at the top of my foot, the toes are red and the pain is just driving me crazy and it is also very swollen. It took one of my neighbors to mention cellulitis that a bell went off. It’s been just about 11 weeks and I have no immune system, I also have lupus and I am also diabetic.

Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

My cellulitis started as itchy eyes. I kept rubbing my eyes and within 3 days developed into cellulitis of both eyes. I went to the emergency room and they diagnosed with cellulitis of the eyes and treated with Keflex and prednisone; I was better within 5 days.

Comment from: headmasterritual, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

My left foot was bitten by bed bugs I picked up working at a second hand clothing store, which caused cellulitis, and then following that I was diagnosed with a blood clot!

Comment from: sss, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 20

I had a small zit that I popped and then became somewhat infected. Then it got hot and swollen and sore. I cleaned it and put a Band-aid on it and went to sleep. I woke up and could barely move my middle finger so I went to the doctor, where I was diagnosed with cellulitis. I'm on two antibiotics.

Comment from: Cellulitis-root cana, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had my first & only root canal, went well, was actually painless. I woke up the next morning looking like a monster as that side of my face had blown up. I had cellulitis. Treatment was high dose of antibiotics. I think the dentist was afraid I was going to sue him as he kept calling to check up on me, had me for daily visits & x-rays. Thankfully it all subsided, but boy was it ever painful.

Comment from: Rose, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

I am a 48 year old women. I enjoy cleaning my flower beds and making them look nice. And, that is exactly what I was doing on Sunday evening. The next morning I woke up with a blister on my lip that appeared to look like a cold sore. I didn't pay much attention to it but by that evening my face had swollen and had lots of reddness and not so much pain as not being able to open my mouth to eat. My lips had gotten so swollen that I could barely eat. Just so that I don't make this story so. Next day went to the doctor I get meds and a steroid shot. Was told to return for an appointment in 2 days at that time I was worst and needed to be hospitalized. If you every experience anything like this take it serious.

Comment from: sherry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I woke up two weeks ago with my left hand hurting. Later that afternoon, I couldn't use it. I went to the doctor the next morning and my hand was red, swollen, and very painful. The doctor said it was arthritis that had turned into cellulitis. I was given an antibiotic and Celebrex. It’s been two weeks, and I’m just beginning to use it. It’s still painful, and I can't bend or use my middle finger. Everyone says that arthritis doesn't cause this; it is very red and hot around that area.

Comment from: OUCloud, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

Mine was caused by a carbuncle on my leg. I had the thing for four months--it would drain, and a week late, return. I had it looked at a month ago and was on Bactrim, which kept making me sick. I treated it as I would any other boil/carbuncle and it just got worse. Finally, I had to go to the ER. They put me on Keflex: 4 times a day for 10 days.

Comment from: what is screen name, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: March 25

I had a pneumonia vaccine and developed a rash at the injection site.

Comment from: cellis44, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 31

I'm not really sure what caused my brother's cellulitis (he's 50 years old). First I was told that lack of circulation in his legs was the culprit (he has a spinal cord injury and is wheel chair bound). After numerous tests were done at the hospital, it was discovered that he had good circulation. After reading this website, I am now convinced that all of this began with a staph infection. He is in a nursing home and I was told by the hospital staff that a lot of staph infections are originated in nursing homes. The end result of several hospitalizations and numerous rounds of antibiotics was having his leg amputated, first a few inches above the foot and then a few inches above the knee. Don't let this infection get out of control. I thought the nursing home had everything under control. They obviously did not.

Comment from: kitkat529, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I had emergency abdomin surgery in October 2011. I still have an open wound. I started getting cellulitis in March and the doctor has had me on cipro and flagyl everytime I get it. When it started I was getting cellulitis like every 6 to 8 weeks. Now it's to the point where I get it every 2 weeks or so.

Comment from: Birdman, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

Unsure what caused it, but both my arm pits are swollen and it feels like there’s lumps under the skin. Also the glands around my neck are swollen. I have seen a doctor they said the glands around my neck are swollen because they are trying to fight the infection under my arm pits these glands are different from my armpit glands. I’m now taking staphyle x 500mg antibiotics. I was told do not touch or squeeze the arm pit as the infection and puss could spread into the blood stream. I put up with the swelling for 3 days before seeing a doctor thinking it would go away but it hasn’t so I wish I went earlier was to worried about taking time off work rather than seeing a doctor, hopefully I will get better now.

Comment from: Nunyabizniz, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 14

My two dogs got in a fight and I got in between them when I was scratched on the top of my foot. About 2 days later, I had swelling and a very hot feeling in my foot. I could not walk on it at all.

Comment from: grichardt, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

July 15th 1984 at 2:30 in the afternoon, I was stung by red wasp on the lateral posterior aspect of my left lower extremity one inch above and behind the lateral malleolus. (I got stung above and behind my left ankle.) Pain and swelling of the entire ankle was almost immediate. Two days later, my ankle was still painful and I had developed red streaks running up 3/4 of my leg. I sought care at an urgent care center and was treated with antibiotics and a dose pack of steroids. I developed a hard painless 3/16th inch white cancer at the wound site and continued to have leg pain. Making weekly to bi-weekly visits to my primary care physician for f/u treatment over a 3 month period resulted in pain gradually extending up my leg to the knee. X-rays ruled out a spinal cause of my pain. By four months, I felt like I had a two inch wide scald from my left upper buttock to my left ankle. At that time, I read an article in Discover Magazine describing symptoms similar to mine that had a fungal origin. (Remember the dose pack and think super-infection.) At my request, my doctor prescribed a two week course of Nystatin, 4 grams daily by mouth in divided doses. I was in Heaven, pain free for the first time in many months. That is until the Rx ran out. In 3 days, the pain returned marching up my left leg to the spine, down my right leg to the knee and up both sides of my spine for eight inches. I was frantic and begged for and got an extended refill of the Nystatin which I ended up taking for two and a half years before my doctor refused to refill it. I never did return to the pain free days of my first Nystatin Rx and I still have a circulation problem in the initial affected area. The lesson I learned? If you need a systemic anti-fungal and the Rx is for less than six months for oral meds, you put yourself at risk for permanent injury. My leg hurts mildly as I type this. When things get bad, a course of Tegretol gives me some temporary relief from the neurogenic pain.

Comment from: Dalrene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I shaved my legs and the area on my lower leg I nicked when I shaved, it was fine at first then on the second day it hurt and finally on the fifth day it was so gross looking, red, pussy, and hurt so bad. I could not figure out why it hurt, went to the doctor and he said it was cellulitis. Put me on cephalexin and cream, this is the third day of antibiotic, pain has lessened but it still looks mean and nasty. I blame myself and swear I will never shave my legs again, no matter what, I am 53 who cares anyway.

Comment from: lorachjoy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

Second battle with cellulitis and both followed within two weeks of having a heart stent. It’s the same hospital and I think I am getting it from the surgical suite at the hospital. It is painful. I had to have IV therapy last time but this time we are doing oral antibiotics. Of course, the cardiologist says just a coincident but I am certainly not convinced.

Comment from: 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: June 29

I accidentally stepped on one of my cats while wearing shoes, her way of letting me know I really hurt her was to wrap both paws ,claws out, around my left ankle, scratching me in two places. One across my instep and the other, deep scratch right above my left ankle bone. Thinking no more of it, I washed it good, kept bleeding so I applied pressure until it stopped then poured Peroxide over it, dried it and put a big dollop of Polysporin ointment on it. This occurred on a Friday evening. By Saturday evening, the site was swollen, red, inflamed and quite painful to touch. I had a routine doctor’s appointment that Monday, so I thought no harm in waiting. It was so painful, it hurt to even lay it on the bed at night. I showed the doctor on Monday, told him what had happened. The scratch itself was OK looking -- it was the swelling that came around to the inside of my foot and ankle and the soreness that concerned me. He said it wasn't infected. I asked him 3 times, if he was certain it wasn't infected ... he insisted it wasn’t. By Wednesday of the same week, I was in agony, chilling, aching, pain so unbearable I couldn't sleep. So when I called the clinic again, my doctor couldn't see me that day, so I opted for a PA. He took one look at it, noticed I had been running a temperature, told me it was definitely infected. Which I had known all along and I’m not a doctor. Long story short, he started me on an injection of Rocephin and a 10 day supply of Augmentin 875. It seemed to respond OK to the therapy and within about 5 to 6 days, actually felt better. I finished the Augmentin and within 4 days the symptoms were back -- almost as though I had taken nothing. Due to my own ignorance and negligence I suppose, I asked him for another prescription of Augmentin. He prescribed Cipro 500 this time. May as well have taken nothing. So off I go finally to the hospital ER yesterday. The ER physician diagnosed it as Cellulitis with Staph infection. He gave me an injection of Rocephin and a 10 day supply of Doxycycline. I am instructed to return back to the ER tomorrow at 1 to see him ... if this hasn't improved and I don’t think it has, he said he would have to admit me. Never would have thought things would get this bad.

Comment from: 35-44 Female Published: June 18

My cellulitis is in my right ear. It started with what felt like a bump in my right ear. By the next day I was having so much pain in my ear it was awful. It felt like it was swollen inside my ear. I went to the ER and they diagnosed it as swimmers ear, but after two days of treatment it wasn't better so I went to my primary doctor, who diagnosed it as cellulitus. I am not sure how I got it but I can say this it has been a terrible experience. I have felt like I was going to vomit. I have had a fever and just felt crappy. I am now four days into taking antibiotics and starting to feel a little better. I told the ER doctor that at first it felt like a sore in my ear that got worse I can't believe they misdiagnosed this if had not followed up with my doctor it could have been so much worse.

Comment from: mah1442, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 24

I had a shingles vaccine injection which turned into cellulitis the day after. By the second day I had a fever, chills, and the area of injection was swollen, red, warm, and painful. It never occured to me that an injection given in a doctor's office could have been a risk for cellulitis.

Comment from: zombie72, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 21

Suffered a severe ankle sprain and developed an edema which got infected and caused cellulitis in foot and shin of leg. Has ultrasound to rule out blood clot. Was given an antibiotic shot and prescribed bactrim and keflex for infection and percocet for pain. This is one of the most painful things I have ever experienced. Waiting to see how long it takes to heal.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 27

I developed cellulitis to my face in 2010.I literally woke up with my face and eyes had swollen very badly. My whole face was so sore to touch and my lymph nodes were enormous. When it was finally diagnosed I was admitted to hospital and put on a strong dose of intravenous antibiotics. I was doing very poorly. The only thing that I had at the time was MRSA contracted through my work place. I wasn’t stung or bitten so I can’t explain it.

Comment from: Guest, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 08

My daughter was diagnosed yesterday with this and it was due to a vaccination she was given.

Comment from: farmgirl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I woke up one morning with my right nipple hurting. It had what I thought was dried blood on the end of it. After washing and further examination of it, it was not blood but the skin was black or dead on that part. The doctor did a biopsy and it can back as cellulitis. I had never heard of anything like this before.

Comment from: tiger lover, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I was diagnosed with cellulitis in my right middle finger this morning. Swollen, red, throbbing, and warm. I had a paper cut and hangnail on that finger last night and didn't think much of it until I woke up this morning and the finger was very painful. I was only tender yesterday but not that swollen. Take care of your wounds and take medicine as directed.

Comment from: nailpolizqueen79, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I am 32 years old and I first found out I had cellulitis about 5-6 years ago. It started with what looked like a bad bite on my lower leg so I went to er and they didn’t know what was wrong until finally someone told me what I had. They gave me sulfur drugs which I later found out I was allergic to. So since then I kept getting them, for a while it was frequently like once a week the eventually settled down to about every few months. I hate when they put drains in but I am grateful for all the help I have had it with this condition. Now I get it about twice every 2 months with some lasting less than a week to having to go the doctor for bigger ones. It’s so frustrating but at least I have good doctors to help me.

Comment from: Cherbears, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I fell through a wooden window seat kneeling on it and it punctured right through my jeans. After a few days leg started getting red and swollen and pink. Went to Dr. who said I had cellulitis then gave me Keflex the antibiotic and had an x-ray to make sure the infection didn't go in the bone Osteomyelitis. My leg is still sore and swollen but not red so maybe the Dr. will give me antibiotics again tomorrow. I think it would have healed faster with IV antibiotics.

Comment from: chris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I worked in the backyard for 3 days, removing plants, potting some of them, got a few scratches on my arms and a bite from an insect, not sure if spider or mosquito. Developed persistent headache and fatigue for 2 days. 3rd day felt painful bump in back of my skull , like a cyst. Next day woke up and had swollen and painful area in front of left ear (pain opening my mouth), on left temple and half of forehead red and swollen, it is now spreading all over my forehead. Diagnosed with cellulitis and put on heavy antibiotics, no hospital yet (this is my 2nd day on antibiotics...). Also had fever over 101F,.

Comment from: jeanette, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I recently had cellulitis of the nose, which I thought very unusual. I lasted approx 7 days with 5 of those in hospital with IV antibiotics. It started off with a sore spot on the top of my nose and then spread to the rest of the nose within 12 hrs, overnight. The next day my right eye was swollen and day after that the left eye. I looked like I had been in the boxing ring.

Comment from: prbyb, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I caught cellulitis from dirt on my face. I got it twice. Once from touching my face and another from sleeping on a dirty pillow.