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abscess or cellulitis

whats the difference between an abscess and cellulitis my doc put both on my summary n now my ankle has swollen in addition to my leg where the bump started is this normal whats happening to my leg and what can be done i have been takin my antibotics like clockward n besides drom the pain subsiding its seeming to get worse instead of better

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Cellulitis is an acute infection of skin and soft tissues characterized by localized pain, swelling, tenderness, erythema, and warmth.It usually follows a break in the skin, such as a fissure, cut, laceration, insect bite, or puncture wound. An abscess is a tender, easily pressed mass generally surrounded by a colored area from pink to deep red. It is localized.

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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