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lymphatic arm with cellulitis

Frick, frick, frick!!! (for you Scrubs fans;-) I have cellulitis, AGAIN!

So, while the rest of the nation is out enjoying Labor Day weekend, I will be elevating my arm and taking heavy duty antibiotics. 😦

This is all traced back to having lymphedema in the arm that got bit by a mosquito. Now, I have been putting on the bug spray and covering that arm, but with all the rain we have had here lately I guess it was a losing battle. There is some odd medical info here about reactions to mosquitos bites:

Clearly there is clinically useful information in the literature on mosquito bite reactions. The reactions are immunologic in nature to polypeptide antigens in the mosquito saliva. There seems to be the full range of immune responses including immediate IgE-mediated whealing, intermediate immune complex arthus reactions and both late phase allergic and delayed cellular reactions. Fortunately anaphylaxis is extremely rare.

Durn, skeeter spit!……

If you have lymphedema, or are at risk for developing it, be aware that cellulitis is serious and dangerous…seek treatment ASAP!

I caught it early, since I had it once before (where I ended up in the hospital for a few days on IV antibiotics…not fun), so the picture of my arm is not nearly as horrible as the ones you can find searching the web (shudders).

OK, off to bed.

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