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By Anonymous September 4, 2017 - 9:08pm
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Had a small clot at the back of my leg. I had a scan that evidently showed some residue. I have been on blood thinner for at least 4 months. My legs have developed cellulitis. They have several sores weeping fluid. Leg swelling. Heart doc ordered another leg scan

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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

Cellulitis refers to an infection of the skin. It may spread to tissue just beneath the skin's surface. The infection may occur anywhere on the body. It is most common on the face or lower legs.

Cellulitis is often caused by a bacterial infection. It may come from bacteria that normally lives on the skin or bacteria from other sources. The bacterial infection may be caused by:

A minor injury to the skin, such as a cut, scratch, blister, puncture, or bite, that becomes infected and spreads into the surrounding skin
Chickenpox blisters that open up and become infected with bacteria
Injuries that occur in natural bodies of water that become infected with germs found in the water
A cut or abrasion that becomes infected by food bacteria while handling fish, poultry, eggs, or meat
Bacteria that enter the body through surgical wounds or a catheter in a vein
Infection in a person with diabetes or a weakened immune system
Bacteria spreading from an upper respiratory or ear infection
Impaired circulation (tends to cause recurrence of cellulitis)
MRSA infection —drug resistant infection that can be spread through shared towel or sport equipment

Factors that increase your risk for cellulitis include:

Insect, animal, or human bites
Weakened immune system, such as AIDS or being on chemotherapy
Chronic use of steroids
Kidney and liver failure
Surgical procedures
Poor circulation or peripheral vascular disease
Swelling or fluid retention
Intravenous drug abuse
Exposure to raw fish, meat, hides, shellfish, poultry, or eggs

Your next scans should give you more information. Keep us posted-

September 5, 2017 - 5:48am
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