Is a 10-day course of augmentin the right treatment for lipodermatosclerosis?

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Lipodermatosclerosis is chronic inflammation of skin and underlying tissue most frequently related to venous insufficiency. Best managed with compression stocking therapy and leg elevation. If cellulitis is involved, antibiotics are commonly prescribed.

Answered by Vascular Center and Vein Clinic of Southern Indiana (View Profile)

Lipodermatosclerosis is chronic inflammation of skin and underlying tissue most frequently related to venous insufficiency. Best managed with compression stocking therapy and leg elevation. If cellulitis is involved, antibiotics are commonly prescribed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Advanced Vein Center

Published on Mar 26, 2015

By definition, this is not an infection and does not need antibiotics. If there is an associated infection, it would be treated for for about 7 - 10 days depending on response.

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Answered by Advanced Vein Center

By definition, this is not an infection and does not need antibiotics. If there is an associated infection, it would be treated for for about 7 - 10 days depending on response.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center

Published on Mar 25, 2015

Lipodermatosclerosis is a skin condition caused by vein disease. The antibiotics may be for a suspected skin infection at that site. You
need a vein specialist (phlebologist) consultation.

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Answered by Elmore Medical Vein & Laser Treatment Center

Lipodermatosclerosis is a skin condition caused by vein disease. The antibiotics may be for a suspected skin infection at that site. You
need a vein specialist (phlebologist) consultation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Veincare of Arizona

Published on Mar 24, 2015

Augmentin is prescribed commonly. Call your doctor to ask why it was prescribed for your condition.

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Answered by Veincare of Arizona

Augmentin is prescribed commonly. Call your doctor to ask why it was prescribed for your condition.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Optima Vein Care

Published on Mar 23, 2015

Lipodermatosclerosis is not an infection and antibiotics such as augmentin are not the usual treatment. Because antibiotics may have been Rx for cellulitis in this region?

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Answered by Optima Vein Care

Lipodermatosclerosis is not an infection and antibiotics such as augmentin are not the usual treatment. Because antibiotics may have been Rx for cellulitis in this region?

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

Published on Mar 23, 2015

Lipodermatosclerosis results from long standing venous hypertension. Management is directed toward reducing the venous pressure. If there is an associated skin infection, oral antibiotics may be indicated, but augmentin wouldn't be my first choice. You should consult with your physician to determine what else is intended for treatment. If the physician who prescribed the antibiotics is your family doctor, you may ask to be referred to a vascular surgeon specializing in treating venous disease.

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Answered by Texas Vein And Cosmetic Specialists

Lipodermatosclerosis results from long standing venous hypertension. Management is directed toward reducing the venous pressure. If there is an associated skin infection, oral antibiotics may be indicated, but augmentin wouldn't be my first choice. You should consult with your physician to determine what else is intended for treatment. If the physician who prescribed the antibiotics is your family doctor, you may ask to be referred to a vascular surgeon specializing in treating venous disease.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


The Sheen Vein Institute

Published on Mar 23, 2015

Lipodermatosclerosis is caused by inflammation in the leg from vein disease. There is normally no actual infection involved. Therefore, no antibiotic is indicated in this situation. Unfortunately, non-vein docs often will look at a patient's leg that has lipodermatosclerosis and think that it is infected due to the redness and warmth ( the same thing that you see in cellulitis). Only in this case there is no infection, just inflammation.

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Answered by The Sheen Vein Institute

Lipodermatosclerosis is caused by inflammation in the leg from vein disease. There is normally no actual infection involved. Therefore, no antibiotic is indicated in this situation. Unfortunately, non-vein docs often will look at a patient's leg that has lipodermatosclerosis and think that it is infected due to the redness and warmth ( the same thing that you see in cellulitis). Only in this case there is no infection, just inflammation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Mar 23, 2015

No, it is not the right treatment.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

No, it is not the right treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


California Vascular and Vein Center

Published on Mar 23, 2015

Augmentin is not the treatment for lipodermatosclerosis. You need to see a vascular specialist.

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Answered by California Vascular and Vein Center

Augmentin is not the treatment for lipodermatosclerosis. You need to see a vascular specialist.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Published on Mar 23, 2015

Antibiotics are used to treat cellulitis, a bacterial infection. Lipodermatosclerosis is a sign of advanced venous problems in the leg.

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Answered by Cosmetic Vein Centers of Texas

Antibiotics are used to treat cellulitis, a bacterial infection. Lipodermatosclerosis is a sign of advanced venous problems in the leg.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Lubbock Vein Specialists

Published on Mar 23, 2015

No. Lipodermatosclerosis is not an infection.

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Answered by Lubbock Vein Specialists

No. Lipodermatosclerosis is not an infection.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Advanced Surgical Arts

Published on Mar 23, 2015

Lipodermatosclerosis is a chronic condition of the skin and superficial fat tissue layers associated with venous insufficiency. There is inflammation and induration, resulting in shrinkage of the tissue as well as change in color. Unless there is skin breakage (which can lead to cellulitis and possibly ulcer), lipodermatosclerosis is not an infectious condition. A thorough investigation and treatment of reflux in the leg veins should gradually improve this condition.

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Answered by Advanced Surgical Arts

Lipodermatosclerosis is a chronic condition of the skin and superficial fat tissue layers associated with venous insufficiency. There is inflammation and induration, resulting in shrinkage of the tissue as well as change in color. Unless there is skin breakage (which can lead to cellulitis and possibly ulcer), lipodermatosclerosis is not an infectious condition. A thorough investigation and treatment of reflux in the leg veins should gradually improve this condition.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center

Published on Mar 23, 2015

Augmentin is an antibiotic, used to treat infections. Lipodermatosclerosis is not an infection, it's an inflammation of the fat, which causes the fat and lower leg to become thin, hard and darkened in appearance. Lipodermatosclerosis can sometimes be painful and mimic an infection. Thus your provider may have put you on antibiotics to treat a suspected infection.

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Answered by Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center

Augmentin is an antibiotic, used to treat infections. Lipodermatosclerosis is not an infection, it's an inflammation of the fat, which causes the fat and lower leg to become thin, hard and darkened in appearance. Lipodermatosclerosis can sometimes be painful and mimic an infection. Thus your provider may have put you on antibiotics to treat a suspected infection.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Premier Vein Specialists

Published on Mar 23, 2015

The underlying cause needs to be evaluated before treatment.

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Answered by Premier Vein Specialists

The underlying cause needs to be evaluated before treatment.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Mar 23, 2015

Lipodermatosclerosis is not treated with antibiotics unless there are signs of concurrent inflammation or cellulitis. If any of these are present, then antibiotics would be indicated.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Lipodermatosclerosis is not treated with antibiotics unless there are signs of concurrent inflammation or cellulitis. If any of these are present, then antibiotics would be indicated.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor East Tremont Vascular

Published on Mar 23, 2015

I would not prescribe antibiotics for lipodermatosclerosis. It is a reaction of your tissues to the exudated fluid from venous insufficiency.

Answered by East Tremont Vascular (View Profile)

I would not prescribe antibiotics for lipodermatosclerosis. It is a reaction of your tissues to the exudated fluid from venous insufficiency.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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