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Cellulitis
Feb 25, 2002

How long can you go without treatment for cellulitis?Before you are in serious danger?What happens in a case where the person quits treatment because the shots and antibiotics did not work?

Response from Dr. Young

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues; typically it can be mild and often self-limited. This means that in many circumstances, will go way with just local wound and skin care.

For persons who are immunosuppressed;some cellulitis cases can be quite severe and rarely, can lead to very severe illnesses that require hospitalization. Cellulitis is also one of those illnesses that lacks definative diagnosis-- other conditions may appear as cellulitis (venous stasis-- the pooling of blood in the legs; blood clots or venous thrombosis); there is also an atypcial infection with a bacteria called Helicobacter that occasionally causes migratory cellulitis among persons with AIDS. It is very important, that treatment or no, that cellulitis cases get good clinical follow up. BY


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