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Are oral antibiotics necessary for cellulitis / lymphangitis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 06, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Hello,

Yesterday I came down a mysterious rash, which I assumed to be a bug bite of some sort. It intensified overnight and I was encouraged by friends to go to the ER since a red line formed near the bite. The Dr. said I had cellulitis/lymphangitis, which apparently can be fatal and of course I was prescribed 2 antibiotics to take for 10 days. I have Hashimotos and have working tirelessly to repair my gut and have been following the autoimmune/gaps protocol with no fruit...so the instruction to take antibiotics is devastating. Has anyone had any experience with lymphangitis and know if it always requires antiobiotics and if so, is there anything I can do to mitigate the harm they cause? Thanks so much!!

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on July 10, 2013
at 07:31 PM

Thanks @Jules - it was years ago, and I am well - but I will always be at risk for infections. The fact that I didn't go a Dr right away and let the infection rage meant that I was dosed with multiple antibiotics until they found the one that worked on the MRSA - this ruined my gut and THAT is what I'm working on now. But since you caught yours early, one simple course of antibiotics should do the trick and not ravage your gut. I am always ambivalent about taking meds, but when it comes to serious infections & antibiotics, the impact of NOT taking them when you need them can be too high! Best!

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on July 10, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Thanks for your response! I'm so sorry to hear about your horrific experience and I hope you too are on the road recovery!

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on July 07, 2013
at 03:01 AM

Sounds like the right decision. Hope it's not too hard on you.

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on July 06, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Thanks for your response! I did start taking the antibiotics, as everything I've read, even from alternative sources indicates that it is way too risky of an infection for me not to take them. This is a BIG disappointment to me, but I it's better than the infection making its way to my heart. That's wonderful info on the Saccharomyce B. since I just so happen to already take it along with Prescript-Assist. I would love to hear from anyone from anyone else who has dealt with cellulitis/ lymphangitis, they are a real bummer!

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on July 06, 2013
at 05:09 PM

Before people jump on the "just take your antibiotics!" bandwagon, please note that the OP is asking about an unfamiliar condition that doesn't appear *immediately* life-threatening. It's not like the people who show up here dying from pneumonia and want us to tell them they can just eat garlic or something.

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on July 08, 2013
at 02:54 AM

TAKE YOUR ANTIBIOTICS!!!! I can't stress this enough. I am a garden designer, and one day in a garden, 10 yrs ago, I got what I think was a spider bite. I noticed it for a second, and thought nothing of it. 1 day later there was a stabbing pain in my leg, near the site of the bite, and it was warm to the touch and red. By the time I got to the emergency room, I couldn't walk. By the time a Dr saw me, my temp was 104. I passed out and woke up 4 days later, with a raging MRSA brought on by the cellulitis which was brought on by the bite.

I would have without a doubt lost my leg (maybe my life) if it hadn't been for the huge doese of antibiotics my body NEEDED at the time! The severity of the inflammation is telling you that your body can't fight this on its own and it needs help!

I get that you have worked hard to get where you are in relation to your gut health, but first things first - take care of this infection! If it gets out of hand, it will escalate quickly and you might not be able to avoid devastating consequences.

After you are whole and infection-free, then you can go back to healing your gut. I am glad you seem to have come to that decision - my brush with MRSA was the scariest thing that ever happened to me. Please take your antibiotics as directed and BE WELL!!!!

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on July 10, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Thanks for your response! I'm so sorry to hear about your horrific experience and I hope you too are on the road recovery!

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on July 10, 2013
at 07:31 PM

Thanks @Jules - it was years ago, and I am well - but I will always be at risk for infections. The fact that I didn't go a Dr right away and let the infection rage meant that I was dosed with multiple antibiotics until they found the one that worked on the MRSA - this ruined my gut and THAT is what I'm working on now. But since you caught yours early, one simple course of antibiotics should do the trick and not ravage your gut. I am always ambivalent about taking meds, but when it comes to serious infections & antibiotics, the impact of NOT taking them when you need them can be too high! Best!

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on July 06, 2013
at 05:14 PM

There is considerable evidence from real mainstream sources that Saccharomyces Boulardii can prevent antibiotic-related Clostridium difficile infection as well as other, less severe effects. I don't know if it does anything to protect desirable gut flora, but it may help prevent anything worse from moving in.

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on July 06, 2013
at 06:49 PM

Thanks for your response! I did start taking the antibiotics, as everything I've read, even from alternative sources indicates that it is way too risky of an infection for me not to take them. This is a BIG disappointment to me, but I it's better than the infection making its way to my heart. That's wonderful info on the Saccharomyce B. since I just so happen to already take it along with Prescript-Assist. I would love to hear from anyone from anyone else who has dealt with cellulitis/ lymphangitis, they are a real bummer!

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 07, 2013
at 03:01 AM

Sounds like the right decision. Hope it's not too hard on you.

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