I am curious if others on this forum have had repeated bouts with cellulitis or know someone that has had this problem? I have used an insulin pump since August 2010 with very few problems. About 1-1/2 weeks ago I noticed a small red spot a few days after I removed an infusion set.
I used an alcohol swab on the spot and assumed that it would eventually go away. A few days after I first noticed the red spot, it looked bigger and slightly swollen. The next morning there was no doubt that it was lots bigger in size and quite a bit more painful. I decided to see a doctor at the local Immediate Care Clinic. He diagnosed it as cellulitis - this time it was not on my legs, it was on the side of my abdomen just above my waistline. The doctor also prescribed an antibiotic plus warm, moist compresses hoping the sore would start draining on its own.
After 5 days it did start draining and while not pleasant, I am grateful it is trying to heal. I guess what I don't understand is: I've been doing the infusion sets the same way all this time........and now I have to worry about getting cellulitis every time I put in a new infusion set?
Upon the advice of a kind RN, she suggested I use Hibiclens on the site just before I insert the infusion set. It seems like overkill, but I would do anything to avoid this situation again. The touch of clothing on that area is so painful.
Sorry for the long post, but if there is a lesson to be learned for someone else it is - don't ignore red spots even if they are small.