i need your help

  1. ok folks..i need you experianced nurses out there (i'm just a student). a while ago i noticed a pea sized bump on my leg, just beneath the patella. well now it is much larger, reddened, and very tender to the touch, and there is another starting below that. do you think it is cellulitis? if so, what is done abuot this..just PO antibiotics, right? is there something else this could be. i know i should not have let this go this long (~2 months ) but i just assumed it would fix itself. well, its obviously not. i'm planning on calling the MD tomorrow after clinical, but i just thought i would try to get some info out of you guys!!please?
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  3. by   CashewLPN
    perhaps you should get that looked at...

    couldnt hurt

    --Barbara
  4. by   LJoyW_27
    i went to the MD's today...she looked at it and sent me right to the hospital for an xray to see if there were definate edges that meant it wasn't involved in the bone, and a script for a bone scan if they couldn't see that...well after an xray and a bunch of blood work i have an appt. for a bone scan monday and prescription for Keflex..they think it is osteomylitis...i know this is an infection of the bone...it is generally tx with antibiotics, right? would that require being admitted?? i cann't miss class thanks for the replies
  5. by   thisnurse
    im not an ortho nurse but as far as i know, yes it is treated with antibiotics.
    dont worry about missing class. take care of it now before you miss a whole semester.
    good luck to ya.
  6. by   CashewLPN
    osteomyelitis is treated with antibiotics, and depending on the infection in partictular, the abx are iv or Po...

    dont worry too much about school.... if youre sick enough to be admitted, you're sick enough to miss school...

    you cant take care of someone else well when you're not well yourself...
    feel better
    --Barbara

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