Patient Comments: Cellulitis - Symptoms

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The symptoms of cellulitis can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your initial symptoms? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Peter, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 20

I got bacterial cellulitis in August in my left leg. It started off by feeling hot, then cold, and fever. The doctor put me in the hospital where I went on IV drips for 5 days. After swelling had subsided marginally I was placed on penicillin and antibiotics orally for 3 months. Unfortunately at the time of writing, I'm still suffering with red and swollen left leg. I feel incapacitated and deeply distressed that it's taken so long, it seems like I'm going to have this cellulitis forever.

Comment from: Caryxxx, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

My initial cellulitis symptoms were temperature, sweats, headache, chills. Then on the 2nd day I noticed my lower left leg was bruised, which became more painful to stand on. I had to change bedding 3 nights on the trot due to night sweats. Now I am on double course of antibiotics, and all symptoms are gone apart from the leg swelling. It probably got through cracks in my feet, sweaty bike shoes, and low immunity due to Ironman training. I don't get medicines for free so had to pay; long live the NHS.

Comment from: Lonely cloud , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 17

I've had cellulitis 5 times. The first time was back in 2011 and the last time on 4th July, which I've just about got over. My doctor told me in 2017 when I had it that it was due to my addiction to heroin, which I've been clean from, since March 22nd. I asked my drug worker why I have got it again even though I haven't had drugs for months, and he told me it is likely to be a future recurring problem because of my history of taking drugs, and that even though it's about gone, I still need to see my general physician.

Comment from: Erica, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I've had cellulitis going on 9 years. It's 2020 now. And back in 2018 I almost died! My cellulitis turned to MRSA. I had extremely low potassium. Was severely dehydrated. And I had fever blisters all popping up on the inner thighs of my legs due to a 105 degree temperature. And I get excruciating itching and burning. I cry so hard. I needed 9 blood transfusions with iron as well.

Comment from: TLC TERRI, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 16

My lower legs and feet were very swollen, and very itchy, uncontrollable itchy. Turned really red as cellulitis progressed, and I had a vein rupture while I was scratching my legs with all my might! I went to the emergency room and they stitched the vein, but it’s been worsening (2 months). Now I'm on cephalexin 500 mg capsules, and it has progressed up to my hands and arms to elbow. I have an appointment in 2 days for the doctor to look at it and give me something that will help clear this infection for good. Will post outcome of this.

Comment from: Ron , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 01

My face on the right side is hurting badly and I am worried it is cellulitis. I was recently hospitalized with sepsis and pneumonia, and an infection in my heart. I know I am having pain on the whole right side of my face and I don’t know what to do.

Comment from: paddy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 03

My cellulitis started with a skin infection and has got worse. Antibiotics have not worked.

Comment from: TLR, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

The first time I had cellulitis, I had an ant bite that itched. Before I knew it my whole leg was red and itchy. Second time I scratched my leg on a luggage rack attached to the back of my car. Three days later I knew it was cellulitis because the leg was red and itched so bad.

Comment from: Peggy , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 20

I had this large wound come up on my left shin in 2000 and found out that I also have lymphedema in my left leg. It has now started to act up because my left leg was affected by Prevacid in 2000! This summer it has been very red and blistered and it looks like a mild cellulitis outbreak on my right leg. Thanks. I just burn up in this hot weather and my feet burn and hurt.

Comment from: TLR, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

The first time I had cellulitis it would not clear up with oral antibiotics. So, my doctor sent me to vascular surgeon to check my blood flow in my legs. Flow was fine. The physician’s assistant (PA) decided to put me in a Unna boot. It was so painful I almost ripped it off. A week later I went back to the PA. She took the boot off and my leg was covered with huge blisters and the rest of my leg looked like raw hamburger. They sent me to the hospital and I was there 3 days on IV antibiotics. I was sent home with 2 weeks of oral antibiotics.

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Comment from: 1327Red, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 25

My cellulitis symptoms began with worsening fatigue, then progressed to all over body pain and fever high enough to get me taken to the emergency room. It was only there that the red areas were discovered on my lower left leg, and they continued to spread up my left leg during antibiotic treatment.

Comment from: Stayhealthy , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

Initially I had shingles and was combating recurrence. Then approximately 1 year later I had leg swelling and my left shin became shiny red and hot to touch. Urgent care doctor said it was dermatitis and maybe going into cellulitis. I was given a steroid cream and low level Keflex. Four days later, I went to urgent care again because I was not getting better. The next doctor put me on IV there in the office for 40 minutes and I was given oral antibiotic clindamycin. That took care of it but I got it again the next summer. Then I was given doxycycline.

Comment from: Lily, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I started to feel hot and cold, light headed, and my foot was swollen and red like a lobster and very sore from the cellulitis.

Comment from: Catherine, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 18

I noticed very tiny botches of redness above my left ankle while doing my yoga exercises. There was no pain. So I just continued going about with my daily life as usual. After 2 weeks, I felt a tightness around that area especially when I stood. The redness spread around that area. When I touched my skin, it was hard alright. But the skin has softened now. But if you pressed your hand to the cellulitis affected area, yes, it is painful. I do have very poor blood circulation.

Comment from: Penny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I have a cellulitis rash on both my legs in the front at the bottom of my legs that won’t go away. The rash started about 4 years ago. It itches then when I scratch it, it hurts, bleeds and burns, and it has spread some. I have been to 3 different doctors and they don’t have a clue.

Comment from: Hurt1, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 13

My cellulitis started on my ankle after I accidentally stepped in some poison ivy. I have never heard of cellulitis until now and it has spread to my upper leg. I had a previous injury that was almost healed, the scab fell off and started oozing pus. The blister on my ankle started oozing as well and would not heal. I am currently on 300 mg of clindamycin, hopefully it won’t come back.

Comment from: Jewels, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I got the chills, then a fever, then my leg had red warm areas where there was cellulitis, and then a lot of pain.

Comment from: jj, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had spent the afternoon hiking in West Virginia. Apparently I was bitten on the ankle by something. I never did see an insect but when I took my shoes and socks off there was an itchy bite just above my ankle. The next morning there was a large red welt around the bite mark. It became very warm to the touch. I flew back to Seattle and went to the emergency clinic where they diagnosed cellulitis. I am 71 years old, nothing like this had ever happened to me before. I hope the antibiotic works.

Comment from: Curious, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

A red area developed when in 36 degree heat after a weekend in Malta. I had no soreness or itchiness from cellulitis.

Comment from: Relived , 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 30

My cellulitis started with a tender small lump under the skin in the back of my neck.

Comment from: D20, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 29

I had a swollen index finger, and it became hot and red. I was sent home from Accident and Emergency, and 2 days later the pain was very intense and started moving up my hand. Currently I am on antibiotic drip in hospital for cellulitis. This started out of the blue, no cuts or trauma.

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Comment from: Stewie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

My cellulitis symptoms were violent shivering that lasted for about 4 hours, slight nausea, lower left leg swollen, red and with some pain, no appetite, and red patches on upper leg. I went to the emergency room and they started pumping antibiotics into me, was in the hospital for 11 days the first time and recovered completely. The 2nd time I had similar symptoms, not as much shivering, was on the highway and couldn't drive anymore. They took me to the hospital and I was in for 6 days, this time it damaged the lymph nodes and I get swelling below the knee.

Comment from: Usuallyhealthy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

A leaf on a branch brushed my nose. Day 2 I had a tiny red dot on my nose from cellulitis. Day 3, swollen face and eye and glands. I was given oral antibiotics and on day 5, IV antibiotics. Day 6 blisters developed on my nose and around the eye. I was admitted to the hospital with IV antibiotics every 6 hours. Day 8 home and home hospital for 2 days. Blisters turned into scabs and sores. Day 9 to 18 I was on oral antibiotics. Day 23 I had pain around my eye and was back on antibiotics. It is periorbital cellulitis, nearly a month and I am still in pain.

Comment from: Htb, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

My initial cellulitis symptoms were resting heart rate doubled, and temperature of 38.9.

Comment from: Maui gypsy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

An option to add photo would be helpful. This happened to me though I keep my house very clean. I tweeze the thick black hairs of my chin and use tweezer sterilized with alcohol. I also use alcohol pad to clean the area first and afterwards. But cellulitis still happened to me, my entire chin was a rotting pus oozing hamburger, became numb, and still is. Before that the pain was bad. My emergency room temperature was 102. I was given two kinds of antibiotics. May update this later; after it finishes wreaking havoc on my face.

Comment from: Ocstrangest, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I discovered an extremely painful abscess in my left breast. At the emergency room (ER) they did bloodwork, x-ray and ultrasound. They took me for emergency surgery. I would have died within an hour because of infection spreading to the bloodstream. I spent one month in hospital and another month on aftercare for the cellulitis. I had a 4 inch wide Incision 2.5 in deep, and 2 feet of packing changed twice a day. Unbelievable experience. An ER doctor had cut a piercing hole without sterilizing. An Infection festered under the closed incision for 6 months unbeknownst to me.

Comment from: Mike, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

My cellulitis started out with no cuts or abrasions. I started to feel slight pain on touching my lower legs and ankle. Next morning I woke up feeling pressure and when I went to stand up my ankle felt like I had a severe sprain. I played basketball so I've had many ankle sprains. This felt so bad I needed crutches because I could barely walk. My ankle was so swollen and it started moving up my leg. Seems prednisone and Keflex did the trick. I have had 4 flare ups in a year. My leg is still swollen, and when I take socks off I can’t bend my toes.

Comment from: cats, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 23

My cellulitis started with what they deem as Wells syndrome. They Wells symptoms have disappeared with the use of prednisone but they swelling is left. This they tell me it is cellulitis. I had strong antibiotic IV at the beginning but they never touched my symptoms. If anyone has had this please post what finally took the swelling away. The area is across my buttocks and interferes with my mobility.

Comment from: Chad F., 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 10

My cellulitis symptoms were severe swelling of 1 leg. I went and had an ultrasound on my leg to rule out a blood clot. There at the emergency room was where my diagnosis was. After 1 round of Keflex, swelling went down, but not away. Now I have severe leg swelling, very much pain, and am starting another round of Keflex. Really hope that it works. It's very painful from swelling. Note, I had no open wounds or cuts on my leg at all.

Comment from: Suzie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

My symptoms of cellulitis were extreme edema in both lower legs. As I have chronic edema often I didn't actually pay attention until I started developing blisters between my toes and on the shin of my right leg. I went to my family physician who misdiagnosed me with just extreme edema and raised my furosemide prescription. Next day I developed a high fever and both legs were bright red and hurt so bad I could barely walk on them. I went to the emergency room and was admitted to the ICU with sepsis and extreme cellulitis.

Comment from: Donna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I have been battling cellulitis for over a year. I got it from backyard chicken, and it is in my blood stream. It is very bad, people need to be aware of backyard chicken as they require a lot more careful handling than dogs and cats. I got echovirus infection and staph also. It could cost me my life. I have been on antibiotics for over a year. Nothing is working for the pain in my ankle and my skin. Backyard chicken need special care, these were not my chicken. My skin around the ankle is red and swollen, and there is an open hole that would not heal, now my skin is bleeding.

Comment from: Flickme, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

My symptoms of cellulitis were searing pain, hot inflamed area, swelling; and I could feel my heart beat through the throbbing pain. All of these things happened very quickly after the injury; within the hour. I developed swollen lymph node under the armpit about 8 hours after injury to my right thumb.

Comment from: P, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I woke up with puffy, swollen eyes. As time went on (within 24 hour period) the swelling from cellulitis increased, I could see fluid pockets, and the area became very red and hot.

Comment from: Chinq, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

My initial symptom of cellulitis began with chills. Then I saw redness and chronic pain. It is in my breast. It comes back every so often.

Comment from: Trisha , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 16

Itchy red skin on the tops of my feet was my initial symptom of cellulitis.

Comment from: Alan, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

My cellulitis symptoms normally start in one of my elbows, slowly spreading up and down my arm. I seem to get it about once a year. Both times I was in hospital on a drip, then two weeks on antibiotics. It is very painful in the joint and takes about a month to fully get full movement back.

Comment from: Woody, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

My feet between my toes had open sores and the bottom of my toes had huge open sores. They said I have cellulitis. It causes severe pain, I can't walk on my feet, and they want to hospitalize me. When I leave the hospital I wonder what kind of pain medicines they will give me.

Comment from: Hatchie, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

I was cold and shivering 24 hours before any redness appeared on my lower leg. Then from my ankle to just below the knee it became a very deep red, almost purple, and shiny in appearance. I had a headache for the following few days even while in hospital on the intravenous antibiotics. I spent 14 days in hospital with cellulitis infection.

Comment from: okie, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 11

The cellulitis infection felt like a pimple in my ear at first, and then after a few days I could feel it got larger and very painful.

Comment from: Lllkkkfff, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: August 31

My cellulitis started off as a tender spot on my lower abdomen. The next day a lump came up that was very painful. It got bigger so I got antibiotics for it.

Comment from: MsRena, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I got a red patch from cellulitis above the ankle on the outside of my left leg. I noticed pain that felt like a bruise when I crossed my leg at the ankle. It is slightly warm to the touch. My foot is swollen and feels like it is pinching where the foot meets the leg on top.

Comment from: Elaine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

My cellulitis was due to my cat scratching my leg. The lower leg was completely inflamed, I had swollen ankle and the skin later blistered. I was given a general antibiotic until the culture could determine the exact bacteria and then was given an oral form of the antibiotic, which has worked well. However, the swelling has not completely gone. I wonder how long this takes! I hope I will be resistant to the feline bacteria as I am sure to be scratched again!

Comment from: TJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I have cellulitis on the face under the eye area and near my nose. It started like a red rash and then got swollen very quickly.

Comment from: Grandma of four, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I have had cellulitis 17 times over the past three years. At least five times I got sepsis. Mine comes along my rib cage and abdominal area. It starts with a small pea size lump and grows bigger rapidly. Sometimes it becomes an abscess and sometimes not. I always have to be hospitalized and on IV antibiotic. Tonight I feel two painful lumps getting bigger by the hour. I have a slight fever and vomiting. Doctors are trying to find the underlying cause.

Comment from: Rita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 23

My right foot was extremely swollen with cellulitis and I had a large red place or rash on the top of my foot, initially. Now the foot and ankles are swollen and my leg itches something awful. If I scratch it, I immediately get a red rash.

Comment from: Velma , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

With cellulitis I had fever and a hot red place on me that looked like it was filled with pus. My skin was very red and started peeling and really hurt.

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

My cellulitis symptoms are swelling, tightness in ankles, redness, legs warm to the touch, soreness, rash, itching and burning.

Comment from: Melisssa, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I have had cellulitis on my lower leg twice this month. I am on antibiotics and I have severe bruising at the site. Then I noticed today that my right eye was swollen. I think I need to go to the hospital.

Comment from: Warren, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 26

There was this bite with a red patch that caused some pain on my left calf. I thought it is just normal. The next day it was still there and I can’t seem to know why. The second day, it was kind of giving pain and there was an obvious swelling around the area. Muscles were tighter and painful. Third day, it stayed the same but I am getting bothered by the length of time of healing. The next day, I woke up barely walking and the tightening of the leg was so severe that I could no longer walk. That’s when I headed to my doctor to have it checked. Turns out, I have cellulitis.

Comment from: Silverpenny, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

My symptom of cellulitis was swollen feet which I've had despite tests and treatment. Then I woke up one day to red warm patches on my ankles and calves.

Comment from: Cinderella, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I got a blister on my ankle. It kept growing, then leaking clear fluid, then hurting badly and swelling like nobody’s business. Now the cellulitis hurts a lot! I ice it all the time. Oh, and I can’t walk!

Comment from: Cellulitissucks, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

After 3 weeks post operation of a double mastectomy I had chills and a high fever all through the night. I went to the emergency room the next morning where I was diagnosed with breast cellulitis. It was extremely painful. Thankfully it was not in my bloodstream. I was hospitalized for 4 nights. I was only given the option to put in a PICC line where I received continuous IV medicines for a month; piperacillin and daptomycin. After almost 3 weeks off of the antibiotics I relapsed. I am still trying to find the right drug that will kill off this infection. After reading other comments I realize I too had severe itching throughout my chest which now I can link to this disease.

Comment from: Sheila, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

My cellulitis symptoms started while I was at work. I had extreme shaking, so much so I couldn’t put my hand on my PC mouse. I looked at the guy next to me and said 'I have got to go'. I live 6 miles from work and don’t remember how I got home. I got home and went to bed; this was a Tuesday afternoon. I stayed there shaking and in some of the worst pain I had ever known. Thursday my better half took me to the doctor who put me on antibiotics and sent me home. No mention of cellulitis. Thursday night I couldn’t stand. I had to have my husband pull me up and every step was like walking on broken marbles. I stayed in bed. My girls showed up on Saturday; both live out of town. They said I wasn’t making sense on the PC and I couldn’t spell. They took a picture of my left leg and foot and sent it to my doctor. My doctor saw it and said, 'get her to the hospital'. My girls and grandsons took me to the hospital and I spent a week in ICU before being diagnosed. This was October of 2017. It is now June 2018 and I have some of the most awful pain I have ever known. It keeps me from doing anything and everything. I take Vicodin daily and it barely gets me through. I can’t shop, I can’t clean house, and I work an office job because I have to. This could disable me if they can’t stop the pain and make it go away. I never would have thought this would or could get this bad. I have had 20 plus surgeries over the years and nothing has ever hurt like this.

Comment from: Ginger, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I had a pretty hard fall and my shin was skinned and bruised. About 2 weeks after the fall, I began noticing itching, redness, flesh colored bumps, and the areas were hot. Because I no longer had a doctor who contracted with my insurance provider, I self-treated with tea tree oil (2 parts) and sweet oil (1 part) as a carrier oil. It works, albeit more slowly than oral antibiotics. I used it at least twice a day and massaged it into my leg. The swelling looks to be completely gone after 7 weeks and one small patch of itchy bumps remain, but they're fading fast. Tea tree oil is antiseptic and antifungal, and has healing properties. I have since had my new doctor look at my leg, and she said it looks good and to continue to do what I've been doing with tea tree oil because it is working.

Comment from: Moyer21, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 12

I have a spot of cellulitis on ankle, and it is rough, reddish and purple in color.

Comment from: Jim yancyyancy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 30

My cellulitis started with rash around socks, and now going up the leg. It does not itch, but burns at times.

Comment from: Bonnie3765, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I had cellulitis in my ankle caused by a wasp sting. It was horrible, started with a red rash then a few small blisters that developed into a huge blister. My foot and ankle swelled up so much, my ankle and leg were all itchy, hot and felt really tight. I went to accident and emergency where they tracked the redness by marking around it with a pen. It kept getting worse and I ended up being kept in hospital on a drip for IV antibiotics for a good few days until they knew the infection had gone. To this day I have a scar on my ankle where the blister was. I wouldn't wish this upon anyone. I am always scared that if I get a slight cut or get stung again it will flare back up.

Comment from: tancy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 22

My symptom of cellulitis was swelling at first. Then my legs began to turn a brownish color on lower front, legs got very red, warm to the touch, almost like a burning effect and blisters appeared. Left leg became larger than right.

Comment from: Bj*J, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 15

First symptoms of cellulitis, my left leg was hurting starting, and turning red and swollen. It wasn't hot or itchy at all. I went to the doctor and they prescribed me some antibiotics, Keflex, and also diagnosed me with cellulitis. Since then my right leg is now in so much pain from my hip to my toes, it's worse than the initial pain in the right leg. I stopped taking antibiotics because that's when the left started to hurt. But it's still hurting, and I am going back to the emergency room. I don't know what's wrong with me, the right leg has since cleared up, no redness or swelling.

Comment from: Carla Jo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

My initial symptoms of cellulitis began when my feet and ankles started swelling and became very painful. Then I saw a red spot on my leg which started spreading rapidly. My arms also began hurting. By the 3rd day I was in so much pain I went to the emergency room and was hospitalized for 3 days. I have since had cellulitis 4 times. The only treatment that works is taking antibiotics. Always wear shoes and gloves when gardening. Keep your hands clean at all times.

Comment from: Isolde, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 02

My elbow was in pain. It was swollen and inflamed from cellulitis. I had a terrible headache and I felt dizzy.

Comment from: Yvonne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 01

I had pain in my calf one night, it felt tight I couldn't see anything. The next night I noticed my ankles were swollen and there was redness around my right ankle. I went to urgent care the next day and was found to have cellulitis.

Comment from: Painful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 27

When I can't walk due to arthritis and sit for long periods of time my right foot will swell, usually only right foot. It gets a bright red rash from cellulitis. I have diabetes and have diabetic nerve pain so when my foot swells it is double pain in my big toe and top of foot.

Comment from: GeeGee, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I have had cellulitis now for 7 weeks. I was in the hospital for 1 week with antibiotics and home with another 2 weeks on them. My leg still swells up a little and is very itchy. Propping it up helps. I also have blisters now.

Comment from: Peach, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

My symptoms of cellulitis are swelling, itching, and tightening of the skin.

Comment from: Royboy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

Treat the cellulitis affected area with rubbing alcohol and antibiotic gel. My lower left leg swells, especially in heat. Two or three times my leg swelled, became splotchy red and it looked like there was a rash. Each time I showered, I washed the area, dabbed the spots with rubbing alcohol and spread antibiotic gel over the red areas. By the next day most of the red had faded to a grayish color and mostly disappeared by the end of the day. I also bought some antibiotic lotion and used it.

Comment from: Leemore, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 18

My initial symptoms of cellulitis were intense itching and redness.

Comment from: Sarah, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

My legs and ankles got very hot and itchy, with small blisters under the skin. I went to doctor, and he gave me medication. I have to go back if it does not clear up.

Comment from: mick, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

Hot aching joints 24 hours later left my leg badly swollen and very sore. It is now 2 weeks since initial symptoms of cellulitis, I am on antibiotics and still have severe pain and very sore skin around my lower leg and ankle. I am looking for any ideas as to what to do next, whether I rest or try to walk.

Comment from: Mr Chris, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 03

One morning I woke up early because my left leg felt sore. So I got out of bed and noticed a sore on my left thigh (the size of a 0.50 cent piece) oozing clear pus. I promptly went to the emergency room (ER) and the doctor gave me antibiotics and Benadryl for cellulitis. I went home and started taking the medicines and the sore on my left thigh healed over but red rashes broke out all over my upper body and forearms! I went back to the ER and they gave me a tube of anti-itch cream (which I finished off very quickly) and a different antibiotic. The red rashes and sores didn't go away until I finished the antibiotic (and then the doctors told me I'm allergic to most antibiotics so there's nothing more they could do). So I crossed my fingers and have been just taking vitamins and slowly but surely the rashes and sores have been disappearing.

Comment from: dissertationstressed, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I am 21 year old. I was bitten by a flying insect on the inside of my arm near my elbow. What started as a typical irritating bite treated with cream soon swelled up and within 2 days all my arm was red, swollen and painful. I've been using antihistamines and bite cream but have been to the general physician today who says I have cellulitis. I've been given antibiotics and hydrocortisone cream to use, both for 7 days. I'm under strict instructions to go to Accident and Emergency if it gets even slightly bigger as I pleaded for bed rest rather than hospital immediately as my dissertation is due next week. I'm hoping it clears up quickly as it is painful, weirdly it also itches intensely every few hours and also is very unsightly - my whole arm is twice the size of my other!

Comment from: ValH, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

After a car accident in which I had an open fracture I started noticing a raised bump and redness near the scar. It turned into an abscess and hurt like all out. My leg was swollen twice its normal size, warm all over, and I couldn't walk. After three visits to one hospital emergency room in which I was told I just had arthritis, I was finally diagnosed with cellulitis but not treated properly. I went to a different hospital. I was told if I didn't have the hardware removed the infection would just be holding on to it and I had developed osteomyelitis from it. I had to have the rods removed, debridement of bone and insertion of antibacterial beads along with aggressive IV antibiotics. I was cured but it is a recurring form so now I have it again.

Comment from: Marie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

My knee was swollen; no red blotches, no infection, nor injury. After taking x-rays to ensure there was no blood clot cellulitis was the diagnosis the doctor gave.

Comment from: Billie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 08

My symptoms of cellulitis were red skin blotches and pain in my leg.

Comment from: Shafted in Vegas, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

After 2 visits to Urgent Care and 1 visit to the emergency room (9 days total) and 3 incorrect diagnoses, finally an orthopedic doctor determined I had inflammatory cellulitis. The providers in the other 3 places were treating it as a high ankle sprain and contusion even after I told them I had suffered no event or high impact incident that would normally be the cause of a high ankle sprain. In the meantime, the pain and redness increased exponentially every day, reaching a 10 many times through the day (by the way, I have been on crutches for 9 days also). With all the new opioid laws, the only pain medicines I have been given have been ibuprofen and Advil, both of which were completely useless. I initially went to Urgent Care and the ER because of the high pain levels and being immobile. Also, it takes the referral process with my insurance to see a specialist and that was the quickest I could get in. After reading spreading to lymph nodes, sepsis, and maybe even meningitis are possible outcomes of untreated cellulitis, I now have that to worry about. Redness on lower leg is size of a baseball and now there is swelling moving up my leg to my thigh. Any input and encouragement that 9 days is not too long to have untreated cellulitis would be appreciated. Otherwise, I may be in need of the services of a good malpractice attorney!

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

My cellulitis symptoms started with chills so I covered up with a blanket. The chills quickly got worse and worse, within two hours I went from being at home with chills to shivering chills with a fever of 102 degrees. The front of my left calf went from feeling and looking fine to a bright red 'rash', for lack of a better word, and we were on our way to the emergency room. At the ER they took one look at my leg and the questions started; if I have been out of the country recently, if I could have been bitten by a spider, if I was sure it's only been two hours since this started affecting me! They said it could be flesh eating disease, sepsis or a few other things. None sounded very good to us. Then the infectious disease doctor came in and looked at it and examined the skin on my feet, my heels, in between my toes and my legs and ankles. He was the first one to tell me it was cellulitis.

Comment from: Laila, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 17

My leg had a red rash from cellulitis, well, not a rash but it was a line on my leg.

Comment from: Mihoshi05, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

Pain started in my leg on a Thursday evening, and by that night the swelling had started in my left lower leg. Friday morning it was red in spots and I had a slight fever. I began to feel nauseous throughout the day, and the pain continued to get worse. About midnight I finally went to the emergency room (ER) and was admitted because I kept spiking a fever and throwing up. I ended up being admitted for almost a week for treatment of cellulitis, and by the time I was discharged blisters had formed all over my lower leg. My foot had swollen by this time as well. When I was discharged I was given Keflex 500 mg to take every 6 hours for fourteen days. That was 3 months ago. I'm still having pain every now and then and swelling.

Comment from: guilla, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: September 13

Pain, redness and swelling below my right knee were my cellulitis symptoms. Also it was hot to touch. I started treatment with cefadroxil 500 mg. Then due to bad weather and lack of doctors I started treatment on my own with amoxcillin 500.

Comment from: bevforgot, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I had port removed, and it got infected with dry blood lump which the surgeon cut out. Next morning I felt drunk, wobbly, vomiting, feverish, red and swollen, and untouchable. I went to the emergency room, got admitted for 4 days, was on myacin, and released with Augmentin. The lump is still infected, and the doctor is cutting it out again on Monday. My white blood cells and platelets are very low due to the cellulitis.

Comment from: Scott, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

I pulled a muscle in my leg on Sunday. Tuesday morning it started to hurt and bother me. Wednesday night it was hot to the touch, a little swollen, and sore to the touch but still didn't seem a big problem. It seemed to feel better at times and worse at other times. By Saturday morning I had a lot of pain while walking on it. The entire calf was swollen with a big area red and hot to the touch. I went to urgent care, and was sent to the emergency room and then to hospital to treat the cellulitis.

Comment from: kert, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

My forehead and my right eye were swollen, and both my right and left cheeks were red. I had a fever of 101.8 with the cellulitis. I also have Bell’s palsy. I was in the hospital 3 days and my stools were black. I am on clindamycin HCL 150.

Comment from: cabo79, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 28

I was playing with a dog, young, got lots of dog slobber on my hands and the skin was broke in a couple of places. On the second night I woke up with my hands itching. By morning it had spread almost to my elbows. My hands had blisters on them, and I thought it was an allergic reaction to new sheets I had on the bed. It got worse through the day even though I was taking Benadryl. I could not find a doctor that day. I had some Augmentin around and as I could not see a doctor until the following Tuesday, I started taking the Augmentin (600 mg every 8 hours). It did the trick. The doctor would not write me a prescription for more Augmentin, he too thought it was an allergic reaction, so I started taking more Benadryl and using a cortisone cream. The infection came back fast and I woke up with bad looking and itchy hands and red and brown spots up my arm, and also splotches on my stomach. I went back on Augmentin, it came back under control. I ran out of Augmentin and started using Levaquin (750 once a day and taking Benadryl also). I will see the doctor again tomorrow. I hope I can get a prescription for Augmentin. The Levaquin does not seem to being as good a job, but is ok. I also got a different type of cellulitis on my left leg starting at the ankle (ant bites got infected I guess), real bad chills and sweats. Someone said I looked like I had ringworm on my leg. I had a friend over who was a doctor, and she told me what it was and I needed to see a doctor. I think this is what he gave me, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole. It took care of it.

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

With cellulitis I had pain in the foot followed by swelling, and the foot was red and purple. I could not even touch it let alone put weight on it. I had chills and fever.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

My symptom of cellulitis was redness all the way down my leg.

Comment from: BrandiShae, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 04

My husband was diagnosed with cellulitis last night. He is very fair skinned and prone to infection. No wound at all on site of cellulitis except there is a scar there from a different episode of infection from 20 years ago. It began as a slight pain on Monday. By Thursday (yesterday) it became almost unbearable to walk. We went to Urgent Care/Emergency Room (ER) Clinic and the doctor said it was a bruise and to go home. My husband disagreed and told her he felt like it was not just a bruise. We ended up being sent to the main hospital ER for an MRI and sure enough they saw cellulitis. They gave a dose of IV antibiotic vancomycin and sent him home with doxycycline. If he hadn't been adamant about knowing he had an infection (with his history of infections that they were aware of), this could have escalated pretty bad. Take charge of your care and follow your gut feelings.

Comment from: FeHope, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

My initial cellulitis symptoms were unusually bad pain and redness outside a wound. I fell on a run on a Sunday and got a few abrasions, one on the inside of my forearm. I washed my wounds with soap and water at the time, put on some antibiotic cream, and bandaged them. I didn't think much of it. The abrasion on the inside of my forearm was the worst of them- about 1/2 the size of a dollar bill. By Wed, the other wounds were healing and this one did not seem to be healing well. Then, on Friday, my arm began getting severely painful (clothes touching my arm hurt). The nearby tissue that was not injured turned red (wrapping around my forearm, maybe 20 square inches), and I saw it progressing down my arm during the workday. I was not feeling well, really tired. As soon as I got out of work (I own a business, there are no sick days), I went to urgent care as my doctor did not have an appointment for weeks. They diagnosed it as cellulitis. I've been on antibiotics (Bactrim) for 3 days now. Yesterday was rough as I felt really bad and had a slight fever, but today I feel better. Redness is subsiding a bit, although still extends about 2 inches past the wound and my arm is still really painful. Moving my fingers/thumb on that arm hurts. Doctors want to recheck me tomorrow. Hopefully the pain will be getting better soon. I thought I cleaned the abrasion pretty well, but, in the future, I am going to really scrub them, even if it hurts.

Comment from: vjc1020, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 24

My 17 year old daughter started with a small lesion that looked like the picture provided for cellulitis. I rinsed it with peroxide and put Neosporin on it with a Band-Aid. A few days later it looked like it is drying out and more brownish instead of reddish. Then all of a sudden there are 4 small additional lesions near the original one (on the back of her arm). We went to the doctor who prescribed doxycycline 100 mg which she has taken 3 tablets so far. Now there is a new one that has formed on the back of her leg. We live in rural area and I don't know how knowledgeable area doctors are. It takes 6 months to get to any nearby dermatologist.

Comment from: Desi64, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I woke up one morning feeling fine and got busy with my day. I dropped some green beans off at my sister’s house and as I left her driveway my legs started tingling, by the time I got home (20 minutes) I was nauseous and could barely move. Everything ached. My fever hit 103.9 that evening and we went to urgent care who sent me to the emergency room (ER). Two days later the rash appeared on my left ankle and I could not walk. Again to the ER then a three night stay in the hospital with IV antibiotics, oral antibiotics and my relief finally came with an antibiotic for staph and MRSA. One month and 5 days later I am able to walk again. My foot and leg are swollen and I still have minor pain. Nothing like early on. That was pain like I had never experienced before. There is still much I am not able to do but I feel more like myself. It has truly been a horrific time of my life.

Comment from: Maurice, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

It started with sore pain above thumb knuckle. No visible cut or scrape. Overnight fingers and wrist had swollen up. After days popping painkillers I attended the Accident and Emergency. I was diagnosed with cellulitis, kept in for 3 weeks on two types of IV antibiotics. I was informed I had septic arthritis/osteomyelitis and discharged with a further 2 weeks of antibiotic tablets.

Comment from: deb4, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I almost missed knowing that I had cellulitis. I think what threw me off was that I had had dry cracked skin on my elbow for a couple of weeks. Then it began to swell and turn red over a couple of days. I also noticed quite a bit of pain beneath my underarm and I thought I had pulled a muscle. However after a couple of days, it was clear to me that something was amiss with my elbow beyond dry skin gone wild. The area was hot and puffy and red. I realized too that the pain and golf ball feeling in my underarm was swollen lymph nodes. Often cellulitis presents without any known broken skin, so I think this is how I did not realize initially that I had cellulitis.

Comment from: linuxguru, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 17

I had a small pimple on my left cheek about an inch from my mouth, which I accidentally grazed with my fingernail and it ruptured. There was a small amount of blood that drained. I delayed cleaning and applying Mycitracin at this location for a couple of hours, and apparently it spread then. The pimple appeared to have healed over the next few days, but there was an underlying piece of hardness below a hair follicle. I extracted that hair with tweezers, and attempted to expel the lump below it by palpating it - big mistake! Within about 30 minutes I had a reddish inflammation about the size of a quarter. I treated this with antibiotic ointments for 3 days with no apparent effect, and a slow increase in size of the lesion. Finally, I went to the clinic and it was diagnosed as cellulitis, and Cefixime 200 (oral) 1-0-1 was prescribed. By the third dose, it was clear that it was not effective and the lesion was still spreading, with a diffuse itching on the outer surface similar to the sensation of sunburn. The antibiotic was switched to Augmentin 625 (oral), which appears to have got the spread under control after just one dose; the inflammation is less severe and is not spreading further. The course may have to be extended beyond 5 days, but it's still a relief. Moral of the story: never palpate a prior infection below an infected hair follicle.

Comment from: dziner05, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I have no idea how I contracted cellulitis. One day I just noticed that my calf was red and swollen, as was my foot. No pain whatsoever, or any other symptoms besides severe itching. I'm on day three of antibiotics, and the redness seems to be subsiding. Although, I now seem to have pain in my upper leg. I am not sure if it's related or not. They did blood work, and there was no infection in my system. So, hopefully this isn't related.

Comment from: Terri, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 05

It was Saturday morning, and I was feeling fine. I was doing some inside light cleaning. At 1 PM, I suddenly got cold and started uncontrolled shivering. I put a sweater on and went to bed with blankets on and could not stop constant shivering for an hour and a half. Later, I took my temperature and it was 101. I stayed in bed because I didn't have any energy. Next morning my right arm had a red rash and hurt, and was swollen. My left knee hurt and was swollen but not red. I went to the doctor the next day and it was diagnosed as cellulitis. I was subscribed with antibiotic cephalexin and ibuprofen.

Comment from: Chazzy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 03

My cellulitis started on my eyelid and I thought it was just a stye. Within a day’s time it was 10 times worse. It looked like a giant pimple on my eye lid. In two days it had spread to my lymph nodes. I went to the emergency room and they gave me a shot in the hip and gave me drops, cream, and antibiotics. Well, I wasn't feeling any better and had to go to walk-in clinic to get stronger antibiotics. Finally I’m on Bactrim and getting a little better after 2 weeks. I’ve lost 17 pounds which probably isn't good. I just want to be 100% again. Cellulitis tends to hang around. It sucks!

Comment from: etltfd, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 03

I came into contact with poison Ivy and for three weeks was developing rash on arms body side and groin area. I developed blisters on right foot which was very itchy. I busted the blister to drain and saw doctor for rash. I was given prednisone and was told to call back if condition worsened. I developed fever two days later and went back to doctor who prescribed antibiotics. One day later leg became swollen and lymph nodes tender with pain on the side of leg were reddest. I was admitted to hospital for three days taking antibiotics intravenously. I’m still dealing with symptoms. Ankle swells during day after minor activity.

Comment from: TallGaloot, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

The first time I had cellulitis, I thought I was having a recurrence of the blot clot I had previously had - but in the other leg. Instead, I was in the hospital for a week with IV antibiotics. The leg was red to above the knee. The second time, I went to the doctor when I saw the redness on my ankle. It looks like I will be going in again tomorrow. Each time I initially ran a very high fever. I now believe that once you get this, you will have recurrences unless you are very careful and lucky.

Comment from: Tara, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

First the cellulitis area (ankles and feet) gets really warm to the touch, then it starts itching, the area turns red. Try not to scratch the area, it only makes it worse. Within the next few hours my foot and ankle are swollen, the skin where it’s swollen is tight and my foot feels like it’s full of water. It’s very painful. I can’t put any pressure on the foot that’s swollen. It sometimes also starts making red discolorations in my skin going up my calf and shin.

Comment from: sad mom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 19

I got a pedicure and she used a razor scraper and took off a chunk of skin. Within 24 hours my whole leg and foot was swollen, blotchy, red, burning, and hot to the touch. I spent 4 hours in the emergency room. They wanted to admit me for the cellulitis, but I didn"t want to stay so they let me go home on bed rest for 4 days. What was a lovely Mother"s Day gift with my daughter turned into a nightmare! Moral: Never let them use a razor-scraper on your feet, they are never cleaned, used from patient to patient.

Comment from: runningbunny, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I got bit on the wrist by a cat one morning, and cleansed the wound thoroughly; or so I thought. I woke up with a raging fever, felt confused and disorientated to the point where I was convinced I was dying. Red rash had spread from the wound site up my arm almost to the elbow, arm had swollen, almost doubling in size. A quick trip to Accident & Emergency resulted in oral antibiotics, with IV route considered if there was no improvement. The rash site was drawn round in biro and I was sent home with the instruction to return straight away if the rash spread beyond those boundaries. Oral antibiotics worked a treat, thankfully.