Cellulitis is driving my OCD crazy. Please help.

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I have had cellulitis for a week. I've been on antibiotics for a week. It spread somehow, while on them, from one leg to a second leg despite them not having contact really. I've seen 4 doctors. They've taken bloods and cultures. I'm on more anti-biotics. It's not getting worse but not much better either. 

My main fear right now if touch. Can it spread to other parts of the body via touch/infected clothes/infected surfaces? 

The infection is so persistent that I absolutely dread getting it anywhere else on my body. 

I am not mentally healthy and I know the lengths I go too aren't logical but I just need someone who knows to run down for me if I can touch the site, or clothes that have touched the site, or my desk drawers where my leg with the cellulitis has brushed against, etc. It get's that bad. I can't touch nearly anything I wear or in my house without having to wash my hands or disinfect them again and again which I don't think will help.

Please help. 

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    Hi ya MATE   - Celulitis is very painful but can be treated # 1 Keep your legs raised as much as possible   -pillows under legs when in bed ! 

    #2 keep your legs as cool as possible -- let me tell you a 10 minute stand up to your waist in wAter at the beach will work wonders - it is the cold and the pressure .

    #3 Keep you legs uncovered _ I wear shorts every day of the year-- anything on them irritates them !~  #4- Sorbeline or similar moisturizer -- helps !

    good luck   -  Bruce  but the beach is my best bet while fighting Cellulitis  

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    Hi. So sorry, I know it sucks. I, too, went through about four doctors on a quest for healing, not just pain meds. I agree with Bruce re the elevation of leg, and water (in pool or ocean) for compression. I have been treated by a neurolymphatic specialist, who does lymphatic massage, which helps. After a few rounds of antibiotics, the "Chinese antibiotic" from my acupuncturist seemed to really help me turn a corner. It's now been about 16 months since the bug bite in my leg that started all this drama and pain. My leg still gets fatigued, especially after doing a long drive, but I promise it does eventually get better. Hang in there!

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    Thank you guys for sharing with me. It's been nearly 3 weeks of antibiotics and no improvement in the cellulitis so far. I can't get to the beach as I don't drive :c I am afraid more about it spreading. Can I touch surfaces that my legs have touched?

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