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« on: April 05, 2019, 10:33:21 PM »

I have Cellulitis in both lower legs. There was a lot of redness, swelling and pain. Can't walk or bend right. Did a 10-day round of Bactrim and have been applying a strong prescription topical steroid ointment. Good, seemed to be working. Until I blistered. Now I've got leaky legs dripping clear droplets. Wet, wet, wet. When does it stop? Or does it? Will call my doc on Monday and see if I need another round of antibiotics. I thought blisters should be kept dry and uncovered but have read conflicting stories. Which is it? If you cover them, what do you use? Never had a fever but the swelling is ridiculous. Doc also put me on furosemide. And just for good measure, they scheduled me for an echocardiogram next week. And all the while I've got a brother who I have not seen or heard from in 20 years in hospice dying from heart and liver failure caused by drug abuse. I nearly died from asthma last week so now I am doing breath treatments on a nebulizer machine at home every 4-6 hours. Do I rush to be by my long lost brother's side or stay close to home and prepare for my own possible stay at a hospital? Drip, drip, drip....no, not a leaking faucet. Just my legs. Need to go put on a dry pair of socks, stuff them with tissue and get to bed. Tomorrow is a new day.
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Husband has ESRD with Type I Diabetes -Insulin Dependent.
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« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2019, 08:19:25 AM »

You've got a really full plate Prime Timer. I say take care of yourself first, then your immediate family. Maybe you could FaceTime with your brother until your health is better.

Is there no one who covers for your doctor over the weekend?  It sounds like you need additional medical care now rather than waiting for Monday.

I hope you are feeling better soon.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2019, 09:30:47 AM »

OMG, PT!  I agree with Kathymac...is there no one on call at your doctor's office?  Is there one of those "urgent care" facilities near you where you can just walk in and get medical attention?

I don't know what to suggest about going to see your brother.  That's quite a conundrum.

I look forward to hearing more about what your doctor is going to do for you.  What a nightmare!
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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2019, 02:27:10 PM »

All of the above PT!


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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2019, 03:26:43 PM »

Best of luck, PT, with your own issues and your family pressures.  Sounds like a lousy situation.  I'm sorry.
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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2019, 11:40:48 AM »

 :grouphug;  :cuddle; PrimeTimer, may you get some relief soon and a suitable compromise for the situation with your brother. Please take care of yourself first!
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« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2019, 05:49:34 PM »


I've a long history of leaking legs until I finally started Dialysis and lost all that water.

Infection control is Critical.

Even though you already have cellulitis you MUST treat your legs as open wounds and acceptable to further types of infection.

I don't remember the ratio, but vinegar/water  used to wash the wouonds/legs is a great natural antiseptic/antibacterial

One of my Nurses kept telling me to lay the soaked cloth on and leave it a few minutes on those areas of particularly nasty sores.

Sorry I don't take this puter with me on the weekends, Wife's Nursing Home is just now finally starting to wire the facility foro wifi.  I'm not holding my breath.  It may still be a while before it is working.
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« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2019, 04:20:18 PM »

Thanks for the well wishes everyone. I'm not out of the woods yet but am on the mend. I think. Someone (I think it was Ukrainian Tracksuit) said cellulitis is brutal. I would add "wicked mean" to that. And exhausting. It's being treated now like a second degree burn with moist wet dressings which I have become an expert at. Until I got it I never knew what cellulitis was. It sure goes from bad to worse very fast. Do not delay treatment!
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« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2019, 06:48:48 PM »

I'm thrilled to hear you are making progress.  Thanks very much for letting us know, PT! 
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2019, 07:37:14 PM »

Over the years I have had cellulitis in my legs about every other year at firs the out breaks were serious heavy antibiotics and bed rest. But over the years I have gotten better in identifying a outbreak in its early stages.  A rash combined with redness and flushed (warm) patches send me immediately to the urgent care for antibiotic treatment.  Early treatment seems to make the occurrence more manageable.  I believe I get a rash that causes me to scratch my lower legs with the side of my shoe, causing breaks in the skin leading to infection.  Good luck.
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« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2019, 09:54:49 PM »

I was using a steroid cream on my legs until a major portion of the skin came off which necessitated twice a week visits to the local clinic to bandage my legs. IMO you might want to stop using the steroid cream and seek professional help for the problem as its prone to infection.
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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2019, 11:12:11 PM »

I was using a steroid cream on my legs until a major portion of the skin came off which necessitated twice a week visits to the local clinic to bandage my legs. IMO you might want to stop using the steroid cream and seek professional help for the problem as its prone to infection.

Yes, a couple of weeks of steroid ointment can make the skin angry. I've switched to Neosporin now. The skin is sloughing off so is red and raw. Keeping it moist with ointment and covered with gauze and lightly wound Ace bandage. Waiting for new skin to grow, could take a few weeks. I keep it washed by squeezing a wet washcloth over it saturated with anti-bacterial foaming soap and lukewarm water -no scrubbing or rubbing. Such an ordeal! Painful and scary.   
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He went back to doing in-center July 2016.
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« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2019, 07:39:00 AM »

PT- does your area have a wound clinic? I was referred to one after my transplant as I had a wound infection. Those people have access to lots of different topical treatments that I had never even heard of, even working in the medical field my entire life. They have special membranes that promote skin growth, etc. they even have hyperbaric oxygen tanks that you hang out in that makes wounds heal. Just a thought, covered by Medicare. They debrided my wound and fixed me up with a wound vac (that was a real PIA but did the trick.) Saw other folks in the waiting room with leg bandages, so I think its right up their alley. Best of luck to you
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