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Leg Cellulitis

Cellulitis of Leg


  • Photographs of the lower extremities of a 70-year-old male kidney transplant recipient who presented with bilateral lower extremity erythema, swelling, and pain. Figure 1.[academic.oup.com]
  • The condition can appear red or hot or edematous, but venous stasis dermatitis almost always presents bilaterally. Usually the left leg is more edematous, compared with the right leg.[mdedge.com]
  • However, in cases of lower leg cellulitis audited subsequent to local presentation of our results, the prevalence of toeweb maceration recorded in case records remains low (15/106 patients, 14%).[bmj.com]
  • […] necrosis may occur • Unilateral – very rarely bilateral • Tender rather than itchy • Often there is a portal of entry, for example macerated web spaces on feet or old scar (as pictured here) • Treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics • Tinea pedis, if present[pulsetoday.co.uk]
  • Red legs is typically presented with redness that affects both legs, normally in the lower limbs, and is accompanied by warmth and tenderness in the area. There is generally no systemic upset or malaise.[independentnurse.co.uk]
  • Fever, chills, lethargy, irritability, headache, confusion, body aches and discomfort are common symptoms of facial cellulitis. Loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting may also occur. Fever may cause a rise in the pulse rate known as tachycardia.[livestrong.com]
  • Usually when the fever is continuously repeated with vomiting, higher doses of amoxicillin is given directly into the veins with doses of phenoxymethylpenicillin which is given orally.[articles4health.net]
  • The latest in our series by GP and hospital practitioner Dr Andy Jordan on differentiating two often similar-looking skin conditions Cellulitis of lower leg • Occurs in adults – more likely in the elderly • Associated with fever and malaise, which usually[pulsetoday.co.uk]
  • One day later he developed fever to 38.6 C and rigors. His right leg had not improved, and he had new swelling and erythema of his left leg. He was readmitted to the hospital for further evaluation.[academic.oup.com]
  • “They have almost no systemic features: no fever, no white count, no lymphadenopathy,” she said. “These patients need some kind of anti-inflammatory medication because the skin is very inflamed.[mdedge.com]
  • The latest in our series by GP and hospital practitioner Dr Andy Jordan on differentiating two often similar-looking skin conditions Cellulitis of lower leg • Occurs in adults – more likely in the elderly • Associated with fever and malaise, which usually[pulsetoday.co.uk]
  • There is generally no systemic upset or malaise.[independentnurse.co.uk]
  • Fever and a general sick feeling (malaise) often accompany cellulitis. Severe infections can cause low blood pressure if bacteria get into the bloodstream.[drugs.com]
  • Sepsis is recognised by fever , malaise , loss of appetite, nausea, lethargy, headache, aching muscles and joints.[dermnetnz.org]
Localized Pain
  • Cellulitis is an acute infection of skin and soft tissues characterized by localized pain, swelling, tenderness, erythema, and warmth.It usually follows a break in the skin, such as a fissure, cut, laceration, insect bite, or puncture wound.[healthquestions.medhelp.org]
Lymphedema of the Lower Extremity
  • He suffered massive lymphedema of his lower extremity, with innumerable nodules and chronic skin changes. After 3 days of cellulitis, he was in critical condition and required intubation and vasopressors.[casesjournal.biomedcentral.com]
  • January 5, 2007 at 1:20 am #16619 Hi all, I surely hope that cellulitis is not a sigh of MDS. My brother-in-law has had two bouts of it twice now that I know of. He has had it from gnat bites from working in his yard.[mds-foundation.org]
Lower Leg Pain
  • Generalized weakness, increased weight, diabetic neuropathy, any peripheral neuropathy and severe anemia can all cause lower leg pains. Along with fluids take oral rehydration solution.[healthquestions.medhelp.org]
  • […] developing NPLC was associated with previous cellulitis [odds ratio (OR) 40·3, 95% confidence interval (CI) 22·6-72·0], wound (OR 19·1, 95% CI 9·1-40·0), current leg ulcers (OR 13·7, 95% CI 7·9-23·6), lymphoedema/chronic leg oedema (OR 6·8, 95% CI 3·5-13·3), excoriating[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]


  • Workup for a secondary cause of lymphedema in our patient was negative. He did not have a history of malignancy, recurrent cellulitis/dermatitis, or trauma to his extremity.[casesjournal.biomedcentral.com]
  • Within a few weeks, I was tested for Chlamydia and Gonnereahea, both negative, however was treated for a bout of cellulitis in the ears...extreme swelling and redness, as well as a fungal infection on the inner leg, treated with cream.[healthquestions.medhelp.org]
  • Prevalence of active trachoma, prevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis and fly count measures were the main outcomes assessed.[healthdirect.gov.au]


  • Although antimicrobial treatment was often started, clinical signs resolved also in 9 patients without antimicrobial treatment. To prevent recurrencies penicillin prophylaxis was given to 23 patients.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Clinicians should consider the treatment of modifiable risk factors including leg oedema, wounds, ulcers, areas of skin breakdown and toe-web intertrigo while administering antibiotic treatment for NPLC. 2016 British Association of Dermatologists.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Resulting in: Up to a 50% reduction in treatment time compared to using antibiotics alone. Improve patient outcome, reduce recovery rates, reduce the cost of successful treatment. Prevent hospital admission for treatment.[vibrantmedical.co.uk]
  • Treatment Options The most common treatment for leg cellulitis is a round of antibiotics. A medical professional can confirm the presence of bacteria to diagnose the condition.[ecellulitis.com]
  • Treatment Options The aim of lower leg cellulitis treatment is to heal the affected skin area and any underlying shapes that may cause a return of this type of skin and soft tissue infection.[ecellulitis.com]


  • The prognosis is generally good, but the condition can return, especially in people with poor circulation, chronic (long-term) swelling in the legs or skin that is in poor condition.[drugs.com]
  • Prognosis Most cellulitis resolves quickly with antibiotic therapy. Occasionally, people develop abscesses .[merckmanuals.com]


  • The etiology and pathogenesis of recurrent ALC is discussed.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Evidence indicates that lymphedema, no matter the etiology, is susceptible to cellulitis with both great propensity and virulence.[casesjournal.biomedcentral.com]
  • The etiologic agents are most often Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus , followed by non—group A β-hemolytic streptococci and gram-negative bacilli [ 1 , 2 ].[academic.oup.com]


  • SOURCES: Hywel Williams, Ph.D., professor, dermato-epidemiology, University of Nottingham, England; Michele Green, M.D., dermatologist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City; May 2, 2013, New England Journal of Medicine[consumer.healthday.com]
  • […] training students within the Department of Internal Medicine, as well as teaching infectious diseases and microbiology courses at other departments at the University of Michigan including the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Department of Epidemiology[med.umich.edu]
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  • View Article PubMed Google Scholar Kerchner K, Fleischer A, Yosipovitch G: Lower extremity lymphedema update: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment guidelines. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2008, 59 (2): 324-331. 10.1016/j.jaad.2008.04.013.[casesjournal.biomedcentral.com]
  • Although there is no reason to believe that the pathophysiology of cellulitis differs between patients who are hospitalized and those who are not, the association of the various risk factors with the disease may be different.[academic.oup.com]


  • Although penicillin prophylaxis was successful in preventing the recurrence of ALC the risk-benefit ratio of this approach has not been ascertained. The etiology and pathogenesis of recurrent ALC is discussed.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • We compared prophylactic low-dose penicillin with placebo for the prevention of recurrent cellulitis.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • From a public health perspective, detecting and treating toe-web intertrigo should be evaluated in the secondary prevention of erysipelas of the leg.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
  • Immediate treatment is needed to prevent permanent vision loss from damage to the optic nerve, according to Q-Notes for Adult Medicine.[livestrong.com]
  • Penecillin to prevent leg cellulitis NEJM 2013 368;18:1695-1703. Thomas K, Crook A, Foster Ket al. Prophalactic antibiotics for the prevention of cellulitis (erysipelas) of the leg:results of the U.K.[hse.ie]

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