Re: Lymphedema and Cellulitis
Lymphedema in the arm often occurs following surgery to remove lymph nodes in the armpit. Lymph fluid flows up the arm into the chest and when nodes are removed or diseased they disrupt the flow of fluid causing swelling. Cellulitis is an infection in the soft tissue of body, like skin, subcutaneous tissue, and can occur anywhere there is a break, puncture , bite or disruption in skin. It requires antibiotics to clear up, and if not treated, usually form an abcess under skin, that is more difficult to treat. The connection to melanoma would be if the surgical site of removal got infected, it might be called cellulitis. If the melanoma spread to lymph nodes or nodes were removed, that might cause lymphedema. I hope that helps.