Dec 17, 2012 - 6:14 am
I'd posted just after Thanksgiving that I'd developed swelling in my neck (selective dissection 10/16) that after a black Friday spent in the ER, turned out to be cellulitis.
I was prescribed a 10 day course of Keflex (500 mg) and being diligent with my meds, completed the entire course and my neck was back to normal a couple of days before my last pill.
Within 5 days my neck started to itch, the next day it was tender and red, the next quite swollen. I contacted my ENT who put me on Augmenten 875 mg and it continued to get worse for two more days, up to the point that I had the most unpleasant and painful experience of my whole trip through BOT SCC IVa HPV+ land - he drained my neck.
I will spare the good people here the chilling details but now I cannot help but wonder why this waited for 6 weeks to pop up, why it came back, and what to expect. My ENT said that this could continue for up to a year because of the IMRT (33 daily rads)
Has anyone had experience with this? Any tips on preventing another 'outbreak'? I'm improved and later today the drain gets removed - another altogether pleasant activity - and I suppose I'll have follow up after follow up, but I never want to experience this again!