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THINK like the doctor.


Every week we challenge you to solve a health dilemma.

Last week we asked what was wrong with Mark, 49, who went to the doctor with red, painful, swollen skin on his left leg. He also vomited and was running a fever.

The diagnosis was cellulitis and 100 per cent of you got it right.

What is cellulitis? It's an infection of the deeper layers of the skin and is caused when bacteria or fungi get into damaged or broken skin such as a cut, burn or bite.

Skin conditions such as eczema or athlete's foot can cause small cuts to develop in the surface of the skin. This makes a person more vulnerable to cellulitis. It is treated using antibiotics. In severe cases it can lead to septicaemia and hospital treatment is required. For more info see Can you solve this week's problem? Natalie, 24, complained of regular pains in her chest, around her breastbone. It sometimes radiated to her neck and throat. She had no history of heart problems.

What was the diagnosis? | Email us at or write to PO Box 4024, E14 5BZ. You must always seek professional advice from a doctor with regard to health worries.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 26, 2015
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