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Are antibiotics my only option for cellulitis of my foot after barefoot walking?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 4:10 AM

Downside to barefoot walking... you step on stuff. Story goes, I stepped on something, my foot got infected and now I have cellulitis around the wound. The Doctor removed the tiny culprit (a little stone of all things) but he wasn't sure that was all of it. Anyway, he prescribed some Flopen Oral (500mg) Capsules, a dose of 24. Naturally, I'm wary of antibiotics since I've been trying for so long to rebuild my gut health after taking antibiotics in my pre-paleo days without a second thought.

But of course, I don't want risk further infection or lose my foot etc etc.

Do I have other options here? Or do I go about this strategically and just make sure I dose up on probiotics? Is this enough to protect my good gut bacteria? I've worked so hard to help them thrive, I actually feel sad about killing them off :(

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

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on January 31, 2013
at 10:35 PM

funny enough, I dosed up on Vit. D this morning before reading this so I'm liking the theory! The infection doesn't seem to be progressing so I'll watch carefully over the next 24 hrs.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:17 PM

NO hydrogen peroxide. That's old school wound treatment. You do not do that to a healing older wound.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

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on January 31, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Make sure you alternate the anti- with the pro- biotics. About 2 hours apart; otherwise the pro- will be useless.

31ab03f16ececfa14aa814ba7e6d7a73

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on January 31, 2013
at 07:04 AM

PS: MRSA: Some people have Methicillin Senstive Staph Aureus (MSSA), some people have Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA). All are common bugs on the skin, MRSA causes more problems than other, MSSA to a lesser degree. Most people are unaware that they have MRSA until they get a nasty case of cellulitis.

61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

(225)

on January 31, 2013
at 06:44 AM

The question is were they overprescribed in this case? Which is something your doctor is qualified to answer. Be honest with him re: your dislike of ABX and ask him if it it nessasairy and what your alternatives are.

61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

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on January 31, 2013
at 06:39 AM

This 100%. Infection and secondairy infections are no small matter and escalate quickly. I would take the ABX and just focus on rebuilding gut health - which will be much easier if your not I the hospital.

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31ab03f16ececfa14aa814ba7e6d7a73

on January 31, 2013
at 06:28 AM

First, outline the redness of the cellulitis with a sharpie. If the redness goes outside the outline call your doctor. Second, take the ABX! Sorry but cellulitis can go from mild to severe quickly, especially if you have MRSA. Take probiotics, drink bone broth and kefir, eat sauerkrat et all but don't ignore the infection. Antibiotics suck but they are life and limb saving too!

61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

(225)

on January 31, 2013
at 06:39 AM

This 100%. Infection and secondairy infections are no small matter and escalate quickly. I would take the ABX and just focus on rebuilding gut health - which will be much easier if your not I the hospital.

31ab03f16ececfa14aa814ba7e6d7a73

(110)

on January 31, 2013
at 07:04 AM

PS: MRSA: Some people have Methicillin Senstive Staph Aureus (MSSA), some people have Methicillin Resistant Staph Aureus (MRSA). All are common bugs on the skin, MRSA causes more problems than other, MSSA to a lesser degree. Most people are unaware that they have MRSA until they get a nasty case of cellulitis.

32652cb696b75182cb121009ee4edea3

(5802)

on January 31, 2013
at 01:31 PM

Make sure you alternate the anti- with the pro- biotics. About 2 hours apart; otherwise the pro- will be useless.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:29 AM

People lose legs and sometimes their lives to foot wounds. Just saying. Nothing to fool around with for principle's sake.

Take the antibiotics. Take probiotics to feed up the remaining good bacteria. You'll live to complain about it.

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on January 31, 2013
at 11:53 PM

Yes. Take the antibiotics. There are a few things not to mess with. Foot infections are one of them.

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75d65450b6ff0be7b969fb321f1200ac

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on January 31, 2013
at 05:18 PM

If you are not a frequent user of antibiotics and there is just cause for taking some, as I feel there is in this case, then in my opinion it is prudent to take your doctor's advice. A short course of antibiotics every few years to kill off nasties shouldn't induce long term consequences.

_Lazza

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:39 PM

Do be careful! If the infection isn't progressing, high dose Vitamin D may be helpful:

http://www.vitamindcouncil.org/news-archive/2006/is-vitamin-d-an-antibiotic/

42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

(1930)

on January 31, 2013
at 10:35 PM

funny enough, I dosed up on Vit. D this morning before reading this so I'm liking the theory! The infection doesn't seem to be progressing so I'll watch carefully over the next 24 hrs.

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137980865c0d982a75c092938d8bb714

on January 31, 2013
at 06:13 AM

try an antibacterial ointment made with oregano oil from the health food store` that should clean it up nicely!...keep up with coco oil...garlic...hydro peroxide soaks n bandage that up!

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on January 31, 2013
at 04:17 PM

NO hydrogen peroxide. That's old school wound treatment. You do not do that to a healing older wound.

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0f6a0b72c905e27fd859c358ea11a934

on January 31, 2013
at 04:55 AM

If it's clean and you're keeping it clean, why take antibiotics? That's your body's job and as long as you're healthy otherwise, why not let your body handle it? Antibiotics are WAY overprescribed!

61848fb3934eb0f08abacf0b920bf81b

(225)

on January 31, 2013
at 06:44 AM

The question is were they overprescribed in this case? Which is something your doctor is qualified to answer. Be honest with him re: your dislike of ABX and ask him if it it nessasairy and what your alternatives are.

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:21 AM

Familiarize yourself with sepsis symptoms. I mean, you'd have time to get it dealt with before it became fatal.

I'd just run the cycle though and be rid of it. Start recolonizing...

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