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Posted by @jjaye in Infectious Diseases, Nov 15, 2011

Prevention of cellulitis-anybody have ideas? I can't go off of certain meds that may be making the right internal environment for cellulitis. I was thinking of shin guards-ones that go on above slacks and ones that hide beneath that I can wear on my job. These would have to go around like lacrosse shin guards do. I wonder if any of yuo have made some of these to protect lower legs from bumps. All I have to do is bump my loser leg and get cellulitis. thanks!!

Tags: Skin Conditions, Infectious Disease


Posted by @jjaye, Nov 15, 2011

JJaye here-I meant lower leg not loser leg.


Posted by @bmasten, Fri, Jan 6 at 3:53pm CST

keep your legs well hydrated i use bag balm you can get it at any feed store.


Posted by @nativefloridian, Nov 17, 2011

If you are talking about that lumpy fat beneath the skin, the only thing I know that gets rid of it is losing weight and exercising. You can do both of these things while taking certain medication. Just make sure to get the okay from your doctor before you start a rigorous workout routine. I got a heart stress test over a year ago before I went back to the gym and what cellulite I had is just about gone now. It doesn't disappear overnight but you can make it go away as you build muscle and burn fat.


Posted by @jjaye, Nov 18, 2011

Cellulitis is an infection of the deepest layers of the skin that presents as inflamed,hot,swollen skin that if left untreated can eventually lead to death. Yep, that's cellulitis.


Posted by @pmack, Jun 3, 2012

I see there has been no activity on this for 6 months but I will add my two cents anyway. You really should discuss this with your doc, each case is different. My cellulitis went septic (yeah the kind that can lead to death) so I have been very inspired to try to educate myself to prevent reoccurance, thankfully I do not have diabetes or an immune deficeiency which complicates things.
When I was in the hospital I started asking immediately about prevention but I did not get much response (they seemed to be preoccupied with keeping me alive) so I had to push. Eventually I got the most help from my dermatologist. I had swollen ankles so I now wear compression socks whenever I am awake, but you have to be very careful putting them on as you can cause an abrasion if you pinch yourself (keep your fingernails clipped close). This has reduced fluid build up in my lower leg dramatically which was a very good environment for infection. I also use a prescribed anti fungal cream daily between the toes(and for the rest of my life) to prevent athletes foot ( a common source of cellulitis infection). He also prescribed an ointment for a very occasional case of dyslaidrosis ecsema which if it shows up i get under control as quickly as possible. I use an prescribed antibiotic cream if I do get any kind of abrasion or scratch (I check for them daily). If I do have an sore which keeps me from wearing the socks I bandage the sore and then wrap my leg with horse wrap (available from your local farm store for a buck and a half).
After my bout with cellulitis my skin was thin fragile and discolored, so my dermatologist had me use amlactin cream daily (over the counter) to try to toughen it up, it seems to be slowly but progressively doing that. The amlactin will also remove dead skin and prevent dry cracked skin on both leg and feet which is also a source of infection.My hard dry feet are now as as smooth as a babies butt.
My infectious disease specialist has me on long term penicillin threapy (500 mg twice a day). There is some controversy over this approach, depends on who you talk to, but he seems to be comfortable with it.
To date this combination has been very sucessfull. Thankfully I also had a full recovery from the sepsis. Other than the compression socks and horse wrap and amlactin all these treatments are prescribed so as I said you need to work with your doc, I have three, a general practioner, dermatologist, and infectious disease specialist.
Hope this helps


Posted by @jjaye, Jun 3, 2012

Thanks so much for replying, Pmack! What does the horsewrap do? How do you wear it? thanks!


Posted by @pmack, Jun 4, 2012

For cellulitis prevention it is essential to me to keep the fluid build up on my ankles down so thus I wear compression socks however if I do get a sore that requires antibiotic cream and a gauze bandage it is impossible to get the socks on and keep the bandage in place so instead I use the wrap to keep the gauze in place and provide the compresion for my ankle. My GP's nurse turned me on to this. It takes the place of the old ace bandage. She used the "human" version in the office which runs upwards of $10 a roll at the drug store, but told me about the vet use only version which is about $1.50 in the ag store. The wrap is flexible and adheres to itself. I can mimic the compresion the socks give, I start low on the ankle, a little tighter there and just a bit looser around the calf. You don't need any clips and it stays in place all day. It also affords some protection from the bumps you mentioned . Do be carefull however not to get it to tight and restrict blood flow. You can get a couple uses out of each roll. It does have latex so if your allerigic don't use it. Here's a link to our local ag store it's actually called a cohesive flexible bandage.

I do know by the way exactly what your talking about with the bumps. When i first got out of the hospital it took hardly any bump at all to cause an abrasion, My skin wasn't tissue paper thin but wasn't far from it. Lucklly with the antibiotic ointment none of them turned into cellulitis. I did try shin guards, for me they were more trouble than they were worth, they rubbed on the skin and caused a sore.

from one who's been there, good luck


Posted by @janinehomewood, Fri, Jan 6 at 3:00pm CST

Thank U, More Ideas to combat this problem....


Posted by @amkaloha, Sat, Jan 28 at 10:30am CST

Thanks for the info on the horse bandages. I am one who cannot wear compression stockings although they have been recommended to me by many health care people. I cannot stand them nor can I get them on! So, this seems like it might be a good alternative for my swollen legs/feet. I could just begin around the foot and up the leg. The skin on my leg is very tough (hard) I think from the constant swelling and feels very 'tight.' I recently asked for an appointment at Mayo in FL to see if I could get some help from all these conditions.


Posted by @ginacostello, Jul 18, 2012

Take a low dose aspirin regimen if you are able. You will have to take some bactrum and use the bacitracin ointment if you want.


Posted by @jjaye, Jul 20, 2012

I can't take a low dose asprin and I'm allergic to bactrim ( by Rx only) and I don't have any sores, but if you have any other suggestions I'd appreciate it. thanks! JJaye


Posted by @ginacostello, Jul 20, 2012

In sorry, I figured you might have some reasons to not do this. I have chronic granulomatous disease and am prone to cellulitus/impentego. It causes me to be allergic to seafood, metal, and latex. I have dry shaved two times in two years, and once dealt with cellulitus into impentego for a long time. This year I only delt with the cellulitus part. The low dose aspirin keeps the blood from clotting, which is where the danger of death the other posting person mentioned comes from. the bactrim is the drug that gets into the problem. What do they give you instead of bactrim for the same type of bacteria. That is what you need to find out. In the hospital there is a formulary drug use supply of medicine. You must find out what could possibly be replace and find the faciliy who is willing to administer it. Some facilities go by cost effectiveness, but do purchace other items.
Gina Costello


Posted by @bmasten, Dec 4, 2012

i have the same problem bump or lean into anything and it appears.blood cultures and wound cultures all come back negative.any one else have the same problem?


Posted by @johnayz, Thu, Jan 5 at 11:29am CST

I have a question about cellulitis. I had cellulitis for 6 months in 2013. I now have a have a condition in both legs and ankles. There is fluid beneath the skin in multiple areas. This fluid is not affected by fluid pills. No local MD's have a clue. Any suggestions?

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Posted by @amkaloha, Sat, Jan 28 at 10:36am CST

My one doctor gave me diuretics for the fluid in my legs/feet, but it only messed up my urinary system; no help with the swelling. I need to get someone who knows this disease and can help. I've gone to countless health care persons, had tests for blood clots and blood flow and heart disease which come out negative but I STILL have the swelling. This is why I have asked for an appointment at Mayo. Good luck to you.


Posted by @bmasten, Sun, Jan 29 at 3:55pm CST

good luck hope you find the right doctor.


Posted by @kanaazpereira, Fri, Jan 6 at 1:03pm CST

Hello @johnayz, and welcome to Connect.

As you will see, I have merged your message with a past discussion, with the hope that a few of our members who have similar symptoms will join the conversation.
Here is some information form Mayo Clinic about the complications and risk factors associated with cellulitis:

Allow me to also introduce you to @charlena, @pmack, @chgorich, @jennene, @delores, @jilly, @janflan, @jjaye, @ginacostello, @bmasten; I hope they can give you some more insight.

@johnayz, how are you managing your symptoms?

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Posted by @janinehomewood, Fri, Jan 6 at 2:54pm CST

I have a similar problem with it....I just keep getting it over again. I don't even have to get bumped, I just keep getting it. I' d love to know Why !!!


Posted by @bmasten, Fri, Jan 6 at 4:01pm CST

i have used bag balm for a couple years and it keeps my skin hydrated and out of the Hospital.


Posted by @janinehomewood, Sun, Jan 8 at 10:55am CST

Thank U so much 4 the great tip !


Posted by @amkaloha, Tue, Jan 24 at 12:56pm CST

I have swollen legs and a few weeks ago they developed red patches which are warm to the touch. Last time this happened the doctor gave me an anti-biotic which I really like to stay away from for many reasons. Does anyone have any information on cellulitis and how to cure it without an anti-biotic? Thanks.


Posted by @kanaazpereira, Fri, Jan 27 at 10:08pm CST

Hi @amkaloha,
I can imagine how uncomfortable this must be! You will notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about cellulitis. Please feel free to read through past messages, and tag other members, as some of them have talked about treatment options which don't include antibiotics.

How are you controlling it currently, from spreading to other parts? What steps have you taken to relieve the discomfort?


Posted by @bmasten, Sat, Jan 28 at 1:06am CST

i keep it soft with bag balm if i do have a flare up i use antibiotics the way i understand it your skin gets dried out and bacteria enters the skin. hope this is helpful.


Posted by @amkaloha, Sat, Jan 28 at 10:16am CST

Thanks Kana... I tried to find 'cellulitis' in the search engine but nothing came up, so I started that thread. Glad you found me some kindred souls! Yes, it is uncomfortable, especially the swelling as my legs feel so stiff. That, added to my neuropathy and arthritic knees, and I can't get around too well (or not without a lot of pain!) I have not read this thread yet, so am anxious to see what others have to say.

You ask what I have tried. I began with coconut oil with essential oils noted for their antibacterial and fungal qualities. I knew I had to keep the patches lubricated so I tried a few lotions without harmful ingredients in them, then went to soveriegn silver which soothed a bit but not for long, comfrey cream--no help, and then I went for the big guns: an anti biotic and anti fungal prescription cordisone cream (I had it from a previous condition) that goes for $200 a tube which didn't seem to work either. I have just requested an appointment at Mayo in Florida to see if I can't get some relief.


Posted by @amkaloha, Sat, Jan 28 at 10:19am CST

Thanks bmasten. Bag balm is the only thing I didn't try but I wasn't sure about using it due to the redness.

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