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PSA - recognize cellulitis... [Jan. 10th, 2017|12:05 pm]
So: Friday night, I thought I had a tiny zit on my nose. This happens with a CPAP, nothing to worry about.

Saturday, it felt like the infection was spreading - it looked like it had grown a bit, and it was redder.

Sunday, it had definitely spread, I could see it climbing up and across my nose and I felt a tad feverish (I wasn't, though). And I could see the skin that was definitely infected starting to ooze a bit, like a broken blister.

I went to urgent care, and it was definitely the right call - I had cellulitis, which can spread quickly and can quickly become life-threatening. I got a shot of antibiotics and more to take (and I was warned to go straight to the drug store, and immediately fill my prescription, and start taking them immediately), so I did.

I called out sick from work on Monday. Today, I'm out sick again, and I'm still wiped out, and all from an infection that was about the size of a quarter, or maybe just a bit bigger.

The good news is that it seems like we nipped the infection in the bud. It's definitely shrinking and looking like a skin area recovering from infection. That doesn't mean I'm completely out of the woods, but it's a good sign.

I hope I don't have to tell any readers to always finish any course of antibiotics - it's especially vital with something like this that can be fast spreading, and that might already be mildly resistant to the antibiotics you're taking.

Next step: yogurt and other pro-biotics. A ten day course can wreck havoc on one's helpful bacteria.

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2017-01-10 11:58 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad that you didn't decide "it's just a zit" and try to ignore it!

My husband and I both got the flu last year, and his turned into pneumonia, or maybe bronchitis (the doc-in-the-box wasn't really sure). They gave him antibiotics for it, and he ate lots of yogurt, but it took more than six months for his digestion to get back to normal. Now he's in the habit of eating a yogurt almost every day, because he also could use the protein (Greek yogurt contains an astonishing amount of protein).

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[User Picture]From: johnpalmer
2017-01-11 02:03 am (UTC)

Not much chance of that!

The only day that "zit" was a good hypothesis was Friday night. Saturday, I thought it could be a boil or something else that comes to a head and drains. But Sunday, I knew it was something else.

In fact, I was going to tell the doctor that, listen, I'm not an antibiotic shopper, you tell me it's a cold or flu and it's not time for antibiotics to control the secondary infections, okay, fine... but that if they didn't supply them, why not? And, what should I watch for that might change their mind?

It just had that feeling. But no need for that discussion. It was a five second diagnosis and the rest of the time was spent making sure I didn't swell up from the shot.

(Heh. The infection may have been nipped in the bud, but I sure got nipped in the butt! I've had needles back there before - but this one burned like acid. I saw later that it included lidocaine, which makes me shudder to think how bad it is without it.)

Oh, and making sure I understood the risks, including the need to get the antibiotics *immediately* - even a few hours could be telling, they said.
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[User Picture]From: redbird
2017-01-11 01:51 am (UTC)
I'm glad you caught that quickly. I had an infection on my face a few years ago and was told "here's an antibiotic, start taking it immediately, and if it gets closer to your eyes go straight to the emergency room."

ETA: It didn't get worse, and I recovered entirely.

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[User Picture]From: juliansinger
2017-01-11 04:47 am (UTC)
Calluna just now got some bazooka-antibiotics for some leg cellulitis. It is the annoying, but necessary.

(I am a cellulitis veteran as well, but I haven't had any in a few years, knock wood.)
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