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Thrombophlebitis Due to Infected Eczema

I have had eczema for 20 years.

About two months ago, the sole of my left foot flared up
with some pustular eczema, which became infected,
further leading to some reddish streaks radiating up from
these infected areas along the upper part of the foot,
and further onto the lower parts of the leg.

This was diagnosed by my dermatologist as thrombophlebitis.
He put me on a course of Zinnat (cefuroxime) for five days,
plus a very soft lipophilic type ointment, which he said was
an antibiotic.

I recovered within a few days uneventfully.

The eczema flared up in the same location these two days,
and I have noted another red superficial streak emanating from
the pustular eczema area, upwards along the right side of
the foot, and further winding up about three inches along the
left lower side of the left leg.

It looks like thrombophlebitis again, though doesn't look as
bad as the multiple venous streaks during the earlier infection.

I have two spare strips of cephalexin 250 mg with me, and I have
just taken two of them. I was wondering if it was alright to finish
this antibiotic, and without the need to see the dermatologist again,
which would be quite expensive.
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563773 tn?1374250139
It looks like a bacterial infection which may be causing thrombophlebitis or even cellulitis. This happens when there is a break/cut/fissure of the skin surface, there by paving the way for infection and the commonest organism causing this is streptococcus.

Apply warm compresses, Neosporin ointment and avoid messing with it. If the symptoms persist then it will be best to get it evaluated from a dermatologist as you may need oral antibiotics.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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