Did I get cellulitis from an allergy test?


Q: Do I need antibiotics? An hour after I had my allergy test I noticed that the redness and swelling was going down or gone at most of the test sites on my arm, except one site that was actually getting worse (more widespread, red, and swollen). I called the immunology office and they told me it was normal for the area to get a little more red and swollen and told me to take some benadryl. But even after taking 50mg of benadryl, the red spot that was initially about 1 cm in size, grew to about 5 inches in diameter, wrapping around and covering half of my forearm and the swelling was starting to cause muscle pain. Now, about 27 hours later, the swelling is down, and the redness is a deep in color, and the pain is subsiding, but the area is still quite numb and the reddened area has not reduced in size at all.

Symptoms:  Redness, swelling, some numbness, skin warming, muscle pain

A:   This question is currently in queue and will be answered shortly by one of our doctors. In the meantime you may browse our library of answered questions by clicking here.

Related Q&A

Q: Hello doctor I'm living in a very seasonal allergic pollotion city. Last month, I started getting there infections...

Q: I have been scheduled for a drug allergy challenge involving acetaminophen. The center will not have a physician in ...

Q: Hi There, I am an alcoholic. I have been drinking for years heavily (vodka) and then switched to wine to try to tamp...

Q: I am very allergic to shrimp. When a reaction starts I have a severe headache and am nausated and throw up 6-8 hours

Q: I have gotten bites yesterday by a bug that I don't know and where i have the bite there is a huge tender to the touc...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon