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Sprained ankle, red streaks on foot. Will it persist?

Hi My son, sprained his ankle last week, which he has done a few times in the past in sports. This time there was much less swelling and bruising than usual, but he has a few narrow red streaks on the top of his foot that have persisted. Should we be concerned about this and if so what should we do next? Thank you for your time.
Asked On : Fri, 8 Feb 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi Mbleifer,
Thanks for writing your query.

Persistent red streaks on skin after injury can be due to cellulitis as a result of injury.
Confirmed diagnosis can be made after clinical examination only.

You should get him examined medically and get his Complete Blood Count(CBC) done.
You can give him pain killer after discussing with his doctor. This will also help in reducing the swelling/inflammation.
Vitamin C will also help in relief of his symptoms.

Adequate rest to the injured part will speed up the healing.
I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Sat, 9 Feb 2013
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