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right foot is swollen, leg above foot is swollen, shiny, ...

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right foot is swollen, leg above foot is swollen, shiny, hard & red & warm & has blisters that are leaking clear liquid.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Hanson replied 8 years ago.

You have symptoms of erysipelas/cellulitis.

Erysipelas and cellulitis are spreading infections of the skin that originate at a site of bacterial entry. Erysipelas is caused most frequently by Group A, B-Hemolytic Streptococci bacteria or S. aureus.

You should be examined and treated in person. Erysipelas/cellulitis can sometimes lead to gangrene if it isn't treated.

Elevate and rest your right foot and leg to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain.

You can apply a baggy filled with crushed ice for 20 minutes each hour during the day to alleviate the warmth and redness.

Take Advil to alleviate pain.

Streptococci bacteria cause most erysipelas; therefore you should take penicillin for 2 to 3 weeks, or if you're allergic to penicillin, then take erythromycin or azithromycin.

If you don't improve with penicillin or azithromycin, then, of course you should be treated to cover a Staph aureus infection.

Compression stockings should be worn for at least 1 month to control edema (swelling). They should be put on "before" getting out of bed and before standing up.

If you have questions please ask me.

Dr. Hanson

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