- Question from JoanneB: What causes chronic cellulitis?
- Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. Chronic cellulitis can occur in the presence of lymphedema and exposure to infection.
- Linda Miller Recurrent cellulitis with lymphedema can happen just spontaneously because lymphedema is a high-protein swelling and the protein acts as a breeding ground for normal bacteria to proliferate. So the nature of lymphedema fluids is to set up that breeding ground for bacteria, which is why the skin and arm care precautions are so important.
- Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. One of the issues with chronic cellulitis is that the longer it goes on, the more challenging it is to treat. Initially, we start by treating with basic antibiotics to cover the most common bacteria and progress to stronger antibiotics at higher doses. For some women with true chronic lymphedema, there's some information about low-dose antibiotics to try to control or prevent worsening cellulitis.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called After Surgery: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects featured Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answering your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in May 2008.
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