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    cellulitis, maybe

    I may have had a little cellulitis in my lower right thigh (cause unknown.) Doc looked at it, said it could be, put me on Keflex, the pink area has almost faded away and the fever is gone. I will, of course, finish the whole course of antibiotic.
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    Was the area swollen but also hot and bright pink? Was it indurated (more firm compared to surrounding tissues, often with an "edge" to the firm area)? We often don't know how areas of cellulitis start in people with SCI; the important thing is to catch it early and get treatment before it spreads or becomes systemic.

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    Doc put me on Keflex, which seems to have done the trick.
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    Keep an eye on it for a week or so after you finish the Keflex. Hopefully, it will be cured. But that way if it hasn't, you'll catch it early.
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    Thank you for the tip.
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    You'll be lucky if oral antibiotic can knock out your cellulitis. I've had three episodes, each of which started with a high fever upon which I immediately thought UTI and then the very bad swelling, redness and heat set in on my foot and ankle and within hours migrated up to my knee and beyond.

    The oral Keflex could not keep it in check and the infection kept on advancing up my leg, thus requiring an ER visit, hospital admission, and the week in the hospital on IV antibiotics.

    Given the fact that I've had three episodes, my doctor has me keep a Keflex prescription in the house to start it immediately. However, if the symptoms continue then I would go to the ER. In all probability, it is best to have it examined before you start any antibiotic. While the fever usually accompanies a UTI, a UTI does not involve the vascular issues in the lower leg.

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    Knock wood, it appears to be gone. My thigh looks normal. I'll continue to keep watching it, of course.
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