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Cellulitis in 2nd Toe...4 weeks now little improvement..help!!

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  • Posted By: chgo36
  • March 27, 2009
  • 10:14 PM

About a month ago while on vacation in Hawaii, my second toe became inflamed and painful. The swelling doubled the toes in size and was very red and shiny. Went to Doctor upon return a few days later and after Xrays which were negative, had MRI and ultrasound that showed infection in the toe, primarily in the middle of the toe. I was put on 1O days of Kelfex with literally no improvement. I was then admitted to the hosptial for 72 hours of IV antibiotics, both Vancomyacin and another I forgot started with a Z?. The inflammation and coloring improved slightly and was sent home with a 14 day course of 750 MG of Levaquin and with only a few days left I am seeing no change. Toe roughly 50% larger than normal and red. I have steady soreness and pain especially after being on my feet for any period of time. I saw a Infectious Disease Doc in the hospital and will see him next week to see what the plan is?
I do not remember getting stung, bit and no cuts or point of entry for foreign substance? Would appreciate any insight....hard to believe a toe could cause this much trouble

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  • Does the area between your toes peel? Did you have a hangnail on that toe? My sister had a staph infection in her hand and the the thing that was important to look for was blood infection. Are there any red lines originating from the toe and going towards the heart? If you have any of these go back to the hospital immediately. If it is not getting better, I would go back to the doc who gave you the meds and get a different antibiotic. Seems that the bug is resistant to the ones you were given.Oh and if there starts to be a bad smell from the toe... I don't know how to explain it...not an infected smell, worse...go to the hospital.BlessingsConnie
    sleepingbeauty 22 Replies Flag this Response
  • if it is not healing with so much of antibiotics try using some antifungal therapy in the form of fluconazole
    ashishkumarrastogi 14 Replies Flag this Response
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