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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi my dad is suffering from an inflamed foot. Then there are scars on it. What is the possible diagnosis to this?
User :   Hi there
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   I am reading your query.
User :   I have a picture of his foot right now and it looks deformed.
Doctor :   How long ago he got inflamation?
Doctor :   Was he treated?
User :   Actually it was already inflamed about a month ago
User :   but two days ago
User :   he went to the dermatologist
User :   because he was complaining of an itchy foot
Doctor :   You can send the pictures to doctorWWW.WWWW.WW
User :   he was given meds
Doctor :   I will look at the pictures and give my opinion in email
User :   such as co-amoxiclav twice daily
User :   then he was given this ointment
Doctor :   ok
User :   and I guess the inflammation got worse
Doctor :   Thiis medication is antibiotic
User :   THe name of the ointment is clobetasol
User :   And he was also given clatidyne for him to drink once daily
Doctor :   How old is he?
Doctor :   Does he has any other medical problems? What is his occupation?
User :   He is 64 years old, 250lbs
User :   He's a businessman
Doctor :   Did you send the pictures? I will take a look at now?
Doctor :   Does he has any congested veins in legs?
User :   he takes medications for cholesterol
User :   The pictures are still loading
Doctor :   OK
User :   He takes medications for cholesterol
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Does he has Diabetes High BP
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   He doesn't have them
Doctor :   Does he has any congested veins in legs?
Doctor :   Can you look at his legs and answer/
User :   Yes, I am here. My connection is quite slow
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   I am sorry
Doctor :   Take your time'
User :   There are no congested veins.
Doctor :   OK
User :   He also takes crestor
Doctor :   Ask him whether he gets leg pains after walking foe few blocks
User :   So far, he doesn't
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Did he had these kind of rash before in life?
Doctor :   Does he had any skin problems in life before? like Eczyma
User :   He also takes medications for his prostate
User :   No, he does not have that.
Doctor :   ok
User :   But our family has a history of asthma
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Can exactly tell me the location of inflammation on foot?
Doctor :   Can you exactly tell me the location of inflammation on foot?
User :   It's on the right foot
Doctor :   Where on the foor
Doctor :   top or bottom
User :   It looks like an elephant's foot
Doctor :   front or back
User :   Then there are three scars
Doctor :   or total foot
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Is there any pus?
Doctor :   Is there any redness on skin?
User :   Yes there is a pus on the center
User :   The redness is all over the site
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Are the toes involved?
Doctor :   Have you finished uploading the pics?
Doctor :   From the description you are giving, it is called Cellulities
User :   Hold on because my connection is really slow
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   *cellulitis
User :   What is that?
Doctor :   It is infection of the skin superficial layers by bacteria called Staph Aureus
Doctor :   and staphylococcus
User :   Is it that bad?
Doctor :   If the infection/Cellulitis is very severe it need intravenous antibiotics
Doctor :   If it mild infection it can be treated by oral medication.
Doctor :   It is just an infection
Doctor :   It can be treated and cured. But it needs to be treated properly.
Doctor :   If the whole foot is swollen and red he needs to get hospitalizes and get 2-3 days of antibiotics
Doctor :   *hospitalized
User :   Then why did the inflammation get exacerbated? Is it possible that he is allergic to the medicines?
User :   And he feels a throbbing and tightening sensation
Doctor :   Allergic medication do not cause cellulitis
Doctor :   Yes the throbbing and tightening sensation is normal
Doctor :   Because there is lot of swelling in side the skin
User :   How would we know if the cellulitis is severe?
Doctor :   Blood vessels are dilated and cause redness and throbbing
Doctor :   I or some MD has to look at the foot
User :   ohhh it's taking a while to load this picture. Our connection is having a problem
Doctor :   If the oral medications are not showing results in 2 days , I recommend hispitalization for antibiotcs
User :   When do we start counting for the two days? Starting today or starting the 9th when my dad visited his doctor?
Doctor :   Antibiotics has to be given until there is no redness and swelling
Doctor :   When he started first antibitic dose
Doctor :   So he is taking antibiotics for two days
Doctor :   Am I right?
User :   two nights ago
Doctor :   ok
User :   By the way, we are from the Philippines
User :   so that would be two mornings ago from where you are
Doctor :   Did you notice any decrease in swelling or redness?
User :   He has taken four tablets of antibiotics
Doctor :   OK
User :   on a twice a day basis
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did you notice any decrease in swelling or redness?
User :   No, the swelling increased
Doctor :   Then I recommend you to take him to the hospital and get admitted.
User :   Is it okay if his foot gets wet if he takes a shower?
Doctor :   if not taken care of, the infection will spread into deep skin layers,then it is called fascitis
Doctor :   So you do not want to wait untill that time
User :   What is fascitis?
User :   Would it be okay if he gets that foot wet?
Doctor :   Under the skin there arelayers called facia. These layers cover muscles. Infection from skin speads into fascia
Doctor :   Infection of fascia is called fascitis
Doctor :   Then he needs surgery
Doctor :  
Even now if there is localized swelling and pus he might need drainage of the pus.
Doctor :   I recommend you to consult a physician and get hospitalized if there is no improvement with the current medication
User :   Okay...hold on
Doctor :   Ok
User :   Actually right now, there is scar tissue on the wound
User :   and it is reddish around the wound
User :   it looks crustty
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Continue the antibiotics for 2 more days and if no results then go physician again ad get his advice
User :   He was told to take it for a week. And he was asked to return five days from now.
User :   Oh I have sent the picture
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   That is appropriate
Doctor :   It takes time to get the pics.
User :   yes, because the pictures are high resolution
User :   Did you get the email?
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   It takes time to get the pics.
Doctor :   I will look at them and email you. Is thta OK
Doctor :   *that
User :   So the email has not arrived yet?
User :   Sure. It's okay
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   I have not got email
Doctor :   It take time
Doctor :   I will reply.
User :   the email I used was YYYY@YYYY
Doctor :   OK
User :   it's not the email I registered because yahoo is messing up right now.
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   That is fine
Doctor :   Now you know what is the problem.
Doctor :   Also you know what is the mamagement
User :   Yes...
Doctor :   Also you know what to do if does not get better
User :   Yes..
Doctor :   Did I answer all ur queries?
User :   By the way...
User :   yes
User :   are you a dermatologist also?
Doctor :   Ia m General physician
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?Please fill the feedback form say done.
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting
Doctor :   Take care
Doctor :   Bye
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