recovery from cellulitis

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Is extreme fatigue a after effect from cellulitis, if so what time span before "normal" again?

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    Hi Shodan - I guess everyone recovers differently and depending on how bad your episode was, what meds were taking, etc, the time frame varies. My last episode landed in the hosptial for 3 days. It took me about 4 weeks to feel I could go back to work. Once I returned to work, I was weak and not myself for an additional 10 days or so. As time went on, the leg didn't bother me as much and I got back on track. I'm an older person and not knowing how old you are, age also plays a big factor in the healing proccess. 

    Hang in there and take it day by day.. Take care of yourself..

    - Glenn

    Again, we all heal differently and no two bodies are the same. Hang in there

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    I spent 4 days in hospital on an IV antiobiotic drip so didn't really have a chance to get up and about much, but I did have time to think about all the things I needed to when I got out. Unfortunately, I rapidly ran into a wall of fatigue and wasn't able to do much for a couple of weeks.

    Your body has just fought off an infection and you'd expect it to take a temporary toll. I did have sepsis too and that gives your body an extra series of blows. In hospital I thought the doctors said I had a low red blood cell count but when I checked my notes it said a low white blood cell count (symptoms of sepsis can include high or low white blood cell count and a low blood cell count, so it could be both).

    So take it easy and make sure you eat a good diet (plenty of leafy greens). If it has been a month or two since your recovery then it'd be an idea to go and see your doctor, perhaps ask for a blood test (in my follow-up with my consultant I found out I should have been having regular blood tests which didn't happen).

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    Hi

    I have had cellulitis a few times.Don't go back to work to quickly.I just rested and was ok after two weeks.Don't push yourself.

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      Thanks Millie, won't do, but is it normal to get this more than once? I do hope not, I know its an infection but how do you contract such things if you look after yourself?

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      Hi

      I don't know if its normal or not.I have been told its because I have a low immune system.I am diabetic and have other illnessess.I had it in my breast after surgery.I had it on my thigh after a cut and on my foot after a bite.I itched the bite on my foot and it got infected.I always make sure I wash my hands and treat any bite or cuts rather then just leave it.Maybe I am just unlucky.

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      I suspect most people on here have had it a number of times.

      Why it keeps occuring and what can be done about it (if anything) depends on the cause - lymphedema and insect bites are common ones, for example.

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