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I HATE TO WRITE IN CAPITAL LETTERS BUT THIS IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION --CALL 911 AND GET THE EMT SO THEY TAKE YOU TO HOSPITAL - YOU SHOULD NOT DRIVE IN YOURSELF -- THEY SHOULD TAKE YOU MORE SERIOUSLY AT THE HOSPITAL - GET IV ANTIBIOTICS IN THE HOSPITAL - THEY AUTOMATICALLY DO IT- DON'T WAIT TO READ THIS ARTICLE, THIS IS NOT A SKIN PROBLEM BUT INSTEAD A DEEP BLOOD INFECTION THAT CAN CAUSE LOSS OF TISSUE AND LIFE. PLEASE GO TO ANOTHER EMERGENCY ROOM AND SHOW THEM THE ARTICLE BELOW BY MAYO CLINIC.
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Summertime, and Your Skin is Red, Hot, Tender, and Swollen…Is It Cellulitis?
About six years ago, three friends and I were staying on the Cape at a really nice cottage in South Wellfleet. In the middle of the week, we took a walk along the beach trails. As we walked back, I noticed a red spot about the size of a quarter on the back of Cindy’s right leg just below her knee. I mentioned it, but then we forgot about it during the rest of the afternoon and dinner. After dinner, we sat on the living room floor in preparation for a killer game of scrabble. (Two of my friends, Anne and Cheryl, are nurses, which turned out to be really lucky for Cindy.) Cindy said that the spot on her leg had gotten much larger and that it felt hot, tender, and painful. Cheryl took a look at the rapidly growing area and told Cindy we were taking her to the hospital.
At the hospital, an Emergency Room nurse put Cindy in a room and gave her an IV drip of antibiotics. After a several hours, they released Cindy, and we left, arriving back about 5 AM. Cindy spent the rest of the week lying with her leg up on a pillow on the sofa. She was in a lot of pain; the leg throbbed and was hot to the touch. But by the week’s end, the red area was becoming smaller.
Cellulitis (sel-u-LI-tis) is a common, potentially serious bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and cellulitis may expand rapidly. [The] skin on lower legs is most commonly affected, though cellulitis can occur anywhere on a person’s body or face. Infections on the face are more common in children and older adults. Cellulitis may affect only the skin's surface, or cellulitis may also affect tissues underlying the skin and can spread to the lymph nodes and bloodstream.
Left untreated, the spreading infection may rapidly turn life-threatening. That's why it's important to seek immediate medical attention if cellulitis symptoms occur. Cellulitis symptoms may mean that your skin is:
The changes in skin may be accompanied by a fever. Over time, the area of redness tends to expand. Small red spots may appear on top of the reddened skin, and less commonly, small blisters may form and burst.
If you have these symptoms, try to see your doctor the same day. If a fever or pain accompanies the rash, or the rash is changing rapidly, seek emergency care. It's important to identify and treat cellulitis early because the condition can cause a serious infection by spreading rapidly throughout your body.
Adapted from Mayo Clinic Staff, Cellulitis, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cellulitis/ © 1998-2009 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. All rights reserved.