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Ken asks…

I am taking strong antibiotics for a cellulitis skin infection?

What can I do to ensure that they have the best chance of working – eg – are there any foods that I should eat or avoid eating to boost my immune system (uk). Any useful suggestions will be welcomed. Thanks.

jennmill answers:

I had cellulitis in my hand. It was my understanding that it was an infection of the fatty tissue under the skin. If it is localised like mine was I would suggest making sure you keep the affected area clean, get plenty of rest, take multivitamins or eat plenty of fresh fruit & veg & let your body do the rest.

Richard asks…

¸.•*´`*?Have you ever known anyone that had a skin infection called Cellulitis????*´`*•.¸?

My brother has just found out he has it and has been givin antibiotics, ive read up on it, it sounds nasty.
I just wondered if anyone had experience with the infection???

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cellulitis/DS00450/DSECTION=1

jennmill answers:

Yes hun, i get it a few times a year, it comes up in the form of a boil, i get them coz i am diabetic, usually in the lower regions hun, so would advise he is tested for this, thet are very painful and mine have to be surgically removed (due to me having cerebal palsy as well), antibiotics can help, but if it gets too big it may need medical intervention, if you want anymore info, you can email me hun, will only be too glad to help

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sorry hun, dont mean to scare you

Betty asks…

I had a c-section and 4 days after that, I got an infection (cellulitis) of the skin, should I sue hospital?

I had a rash all over my belly which then turned all bumby and it hurt very very much. I was hospitalized for two weeks taking large doses of antibiotics through IV and wasn’t able to spend time with my newborn babies, daughter and husband for the first two weeks of their lives. I believe the infection was passed on to me because the medical staff or utensils used to operate on me weren’t properly steralized or cleaned… I don’t know if this is a strong enough case to sue..
The bacteria that causes this infection is not just floating in the air and waiting to land on an open wound…. So the fact that I was cut open, had my insides exposed to free air does not make me more vulnerable to getting this particular type of infection. What makes me vulnerable is the cleanliness of the hospital, people operating me and weather or not they washed their hands and utensils. Did you know that bacteria that causes this infection may come from the inside of your nose?? That is is a fact.
The bacteria that causes this infection is not just floating in the air and waiting to land on an open wound…. So the fact that I was cut open, had my insides exposed to free air does not make me more vulnerable to getting this particular type of infection. What makes me vulnerable is the cleanliness of the hospital, people operating me and whether or not they washed their hands and utensils. Did you know that bacteria that causes this infection may come from the inside of your nose?? That is is a fact.
“People trying to get money out of the medical system whenever possible is what is ruining medicine today.”

I totally disagree with this statement. What actuality is ruining medicine today is medical malpractice, misdiagnosing and and all the germs and bacteria HOSPITALS expose their patients to. Think about it…. I think people who suffer because a doctor is not doing there job in compliance deserves compensation.

jennmill answers:

Defiantly go to the hospital right away and request copies of all your records (you have a legal right to if your in the USA). This is important information if you do sue it and show why you had the c-section, what drugs they had you on ect. Why did you have the c-section in the first place? There are way to many c-sections in this country. The national average is 26%. So there is a good chance you c-section may not have been a true emergency so that is something to consider if you do sue. Even if you do not sue you can file a complaint with your doctor, the state medical board, the hospital, the doctors and hospitals insurance companies. People need to stand up the these hospitals and doctors that make mistakes. Also being a c-section if it was shown to be medically unnecessary is also a reason to file complaints because of the additional risk associated with them (which you are a clear case of why they should be avoided if not truly necessary).

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