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My husband is 79 last month. He was at the wound clinic for a pressure sore on the Tuesday, and I asked the nurse to look at his legs which were red and swollen.She agreed with me that he should be seen at the surgery that day.We were seen by a nurse practioner who agreed with me that it was cellulitis. He was started on 4000 antibiotics 2 x 500 4x a day) This caused terrible diahorria and he became very confused so we called 111 on the Sunday and they sent a Duty Doctor out. He arranged tests and told us to complete the course and we had nurses visiting daily.He had a low temperature. He finished the course but the nurse felt it was not clear so she suggested we phone surgery. More antibiotics but a different sort.He finished those thursday and GP called Friday for a phone consultation. He agreed he needed a third course which finished today. Blood tests ok apart from a fall in heamoglobin from around 120 to around 100 - last test January but kidney test seemed ok and blood and urine ones were taken.
So third course now finished but his legs look swollen and whilst not the bright red are still red and warm. Just do not know what to do next. Hoping AB still in system and will finish the infection off. I wonder if we should go to the GP again. I cannot cope withthe first antibiotics as just could not keep him in clean dressing gowns and he only weighs 8st 7 anyway so has not got much weight to lose.
Any ideas? Nurses stopped coming last week but one did say that cellulitis was known to be tenacious. He also has psoriasis and lupus which may be factors in it occuring again.
He also has a couple of red/purple marks under the skin on his calves - one each leg. I initially thought they were scratches but the skin is smooth. He is not an easy man so do not know what to do for the best.Nurses said if rash went above the knee to call 999 but it is only above the ankle right now. I do worry about septis and realise it can be very serious but am not really sure what to look out for.
Do we just go for a fourth course of antibiotics?
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