... a diabetic with a reoccuring toe infection. Dr. prescribes 500 mg cephalexin twice a day from 1-2 weeks and even though the infections clears up it always reoccurs.
I'm diabetic too and tend to get ulcers a lot on my foot (I wear a brace which rubs and makes holes), so I know how hard it is to clear up infections.
I'm not an expert, but when I get an infection on a foot, my doc prescribes cephalexin as well, but for a much longer time that a week or two because diabetic infections can lead to bad things. He usually has me take 2 500mg tablets twice a day for a week, then 500mg three times a day for 3 weeks, which clears up the infection. As you probably know it's harder and takes longer for infections in diabetics to heal, and I suspect if your infection keeps coming back, your doc isn't prescribing cephalexin in a high enough dose and for long enough to get rid of the problem. So I'd ask him/her to change the prescription dose and length.
I do know how hard it is, so please take care of your feet, and yourself.
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