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Postby lisa_t » Sat Sep 02, 2006 2:24 pm

I have a blister the size of a large pea on my lymph leg. The leg is a normal size but around the area where the blister is swollen. Also a little red and warm and it hurts a little. The thing is that I do not want to go to the ER and spend hours there and see a doctor who does not know what to do.
My lymph doctor won't be in until Tuesday.
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Postby patoco » Sat Sep 02, 2006 6:48 pm

Hi Ya Lisa :wink:

Was just reading the postings on LLL2 and sent a reponse there on blisters.

Here's what I wrote:

According to my infectious disease doctor, my sister who is a
certified, credentialed wound care nurse and my home nurse (MS
Nursing 30 years experience ER medicine and wound care) a person
with lymphdema should never ever pop a blister or allow a blister to
be popped.

This is opening the door wide for a possible infection.

The problem with doctors that do this and with most ER doctors I
have had experience with in the last several decades is that they do
not understand lymphedema or do not understand infections that are
related to lymphedema.

Also, according to a clinical study done in one hospital, they found
cellulitis was misdiagnosed and mistreated an astounding 40% of the
time in their ER room.

Always remember, a limb with lymphedema is an immuni-compromised
limb and it has to be treated as such.


The other thing to be concerned about too, is that if you pop the blister, you are going to have a time with lymphorhhea draining. That is the fluid that collects in our effect limbs. That also can cause complications in and of itself.

So, let it be...let it heal by itself.

Lisa, if you do start to feel achy, feverish or start running a temp be sure to get ahold of your doc and speak of the need to get on antibiotics.

Let me know how you do.

Big hug to ya :!: :!: :!:

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Postby lisa_t » Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:56 pm

I thought like you said NOT to go to the ER. I do not want to spend hours at the ER. To find a doctor who does not know what to do with my leg.
My only concern is that my leg is a little warm and the blister is red. My friend who is a nurse and has seen my leg in good times and bad said did I have an anti biotic that I took the last time and I did. So I started to take them again until Tuesday when Dr Francis is in.
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