Who would've thought that a tiny scratch near the ankle would make my leg red, swollen, and look like a hazing victim?
If there's one thing I learned from this ordeal, it's to never take scratches lightly!
|Hazing? No. Just a bad case of cellulitis.|
It started with a little scratch near my ankle--yung tipong, "Ay, may sugat pala?"
I didn't bother doing anything to it, let alone put medicine on it. My bad.
After a few days, the affected area started to hurt when I'd touch it. It didn't bother me. I thought it was just bruised.
|See that dark spot near my ankle? I thought it was just bruised.|
The next day, I was down with a fever. I thought it was exhaustion from doing yoga for the first time. I even thought it was dengue because my eyeballs were painful--which is one of its symptoms.
After two days of being sick, I woke up to my left leg being red, swollen, and really warm. The scratch wasn't just a scratch anymore. It became a round, open wound. Sugat na talaga.
The redness and swelling crept up fast. Strangely, it was painful and I could barely walk!
Doctor's diagnosis: Cellulitis. (Dengue was ruled out after a series of blood tests.)
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath it. It happens when bacteria enters through a crack or break in the skin--in my case, the little scratch.
Kalokang infection yan.
|In just a few days, the redness and swelling went up to my knees!|
The next day, Doctor #2 advised me to get admitted in the hospital to treat the infection through IV. (But who wants to stay in the hospital, right?) I opted for oral antibiotics instead, which she prescribed. I was also given two Tetanus shots.
The following day, I consulted Doctor #3 who specializes in infectious diseases. He jacked up the dosages of antibiotics, added more (including painkillers), and extended its duration.
|Mega-dosages of antibiotics!|
(And it's the first time I've seen legible handwriting from a doctor!)
I even had to bathe using soap that surgeons use just to decontaminate myself of bacteria. That left my skin really dry and itchy.
|Bed rest but still trying to work.|
Thankfully, the antibiotics did its wonders.
|After 4 days of antibiotics.|
As of writing, though, the color still seems a bit off. But I'm just glad it's better.
The next time I get scratched, I'll definitely think twice about just letting it be.
|Back to its normal shape. Color is still weird, though.|