lymphedema, erythema, staph aureus, strep A,
gangrene, tissue necrosis,
septicemia, regional lymphadenopathy, Keflex, Augmentin, penicillins,
pneumococcus, hemophilus influenzae, pasturella multocide,
erysipelothrix rhusiopathia, gram negative bacteria
it will not have a clear raised border.
Other features may include red streaking
from the infected area, regional
amputation of the affected limb, death. It should be noted also
that cellulitis causes further damage to the
and thereby makes lymphedema worse. Other complications include
are standard IV antibiotics. In situations of a gram negative
Preventative Antibiotic Therapy
If you are
particularly susceptible to infections, you may wish to discuss with
your doctor about undertaking preventative antibiotic therapy. There are
a couple ways of doing this.
Either an oral antibiotic or if you are not allergic to penicillin, you
may well consider taking long acting penicillin injections. This worked
wonderfully for me during the 1970's. Until my family allergy to
penicillin raised its ugly head, this was perhaps the most successful
therapy I have had in preventing cellulitis.
Remember one important point regarding cellulitis. With
the bacteria is able to "hide" in pockets and may escape the antibiotic
or the fibrosis will make it much more difficult for the antibiotic to
be effective. Doing all you can to prevent infections is critical.