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Unexplained swelling/bleeding

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  • Posted By: dhope01
  • September 11, 2007
  • 01:27 AM

My father has had swelling of serosanguinous fluid (that clear/red tinged fluid). It is important to note that the fluid has NO PUS, no white, green or any other color fluid. He gets these places on his face and back. They don't have a head - you wouldn't know they were there except his cheeks look big - he has to cut them open to relieve the pain from the swelling. He loses so much blood when he opens them that he has had to have 2 blood transfusions. However, 'bleeding' them is the only way he can get relief. Other symptoms include fever, severe skin sensitivity (all over his body - not just where the items are swollen), and fatigue (probably from the blood loss). He thinks that the swollen areas are always present, but just not always swollen to the point of hurting. They seem to be exacerbated by heat, humidity, and stress. He has been to many doctors and none know what it is. The last one sent him to a psychiatrist who said he needed to see a doctor.

I hope someone out there recognizes this disorder. He is miserable and I really want to help him.
Thank you!

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  • Hsv? But the pix don't quite match what your dad has. www.ihmf.org/OnlineLearningZone/DiagnosticAtlas2.asp?Slide=12 Is it on the skin surface? Is it way below the surface? Why does it bleed if it is only clear liquid? Is it on the inside of the mouth? Has he been in contact with anyone who has mumps? Parotid gland infection. "In cellulitis, the skin becomes red and swollen and is both warm and painful to the touch and is sometimes accompanied by fever, malaise, chills, and headache. If antibiotics are not given, the condition may progress to abscesses (pockets of pus) and tissue damage. Erysipelas is a superficial form of cellulitis characterized by redness, swelling, vesicles, fever, and pain. It is caused by a species of streptococci, which usually starts with a headache, fever, and general distress, followed by small, red patches that spread and swell so that the border may be easy to see and feel." Erysipelas may affect both children and adults. The risk factors associated with this infection include a cut in the skin, skin ulcers, and problems with the drainage through the veins or lymph system. In the past, the face was most commonly involved site of infection, yet now accounts for only up to 20% of cases. The legs are affected in up to 80% of cases.Symptoms Return to top Skin lesion with a raised borderPainful, very red, swollen, and warm skin underneath the lesionFacial erysipelas lesions on the cheeks and the bridge of the noseBlistersFever, shaking, and chillsHope this helps.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 11, 2007
    • 10:17 AM
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  • Thank you so much for the reply. There is no outward sign of a lesion, except he looks like a chipmunk. So the swelling is within. I call it "bleeding", but it is the clearish/red tinted fluid that comes out. His gut feeling is that he has a disorder that prompts his body to make too much serosanguinous fluid. He thinks it is that simple. But I can't find anyone who has heard of this type of disorder, no less what a treatment might be for it. I have researched all types of cellulitis and have discarded them because they just don't quite fit.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 11, 2007
    • 02:58 PM
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  • I think this is called a bulla. Has he seen a dermtologist?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 10:41 AM
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