GB News: Martin Roberts recalls his 'health scare'
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In August, the host of Homes Under the Hammer reported having to spend six hours in an A&E department after his condition got worse and worse. Speaking on GB News, the 58-year-old has described the flare-up, which spread to both his legs, as "absolutely horrid". The BBC host warned that the debilitating condition – caused by bacteria penetrating the skin – can turn serious if not treated urgently.
Martin Roberts has detailed his battle with cellulitis (Image: Getty )
In earlier reports, Martin said he was unable to get antibiotics for his flare-up after his pharmacy showed “no recognition” for the severity of the condition.
The host tweeted a picture of his foot looking swollen and painful in July, after being refused the course of antibiotics from his pharmacy due to a systematic error.
He wrote: "The chemists wouldn't give me the antibiotics I'd been prescribed, despite seeing my leg, due to a 'system error' and no recognition for how serious this is."
"Thank you so much @LoydsPharmacy so A&E 4me."
Cellulitis is a painful skin condition that leaves the skin feeling hot and swollen.
The NHS explains: “The area usually looks red, but this may be less obvious on brown or black skin. Your skin may also be blistered, and you can also have swollen, painful glands."
The condition, which can spread to the hands, feet, legs and eyes, is usually treated with a course of antibiotics.
"The symptoms might get worse in the first 48 hours of treatment but should then start to improve," adds the NHS.
While documenting his ordeal, Martin explained that the condition could lead to septicaemia if left untreated.
The star admitted he was "worried" about possibly developing the life-threatening condition, which is an extreme reaction the body can have to an infection.
This deadly response typically occurs when the infection spreads to the lymph nodes or bloodstream.
The host was discharged after six hours following a course of antibiotics administered via an IV drip.
The BBC host documented his ordeal on Twitter in July (Image: Twitter)
Cellulitis is caused by bacteria that enter the body through a cut or crack in the skin.
Early signs of the condition can include discolouration of the skin or a swollen area that feels tender to touch.
Light skin may appear slightly red or pink, whereas dark skin could turn dark brown, purple or grey.
According to the Mayo Clinic, other signs of the condition include:
- Red area of the skin that tends to expand
- Red spots
- Skin dimpling
Martin was rushed to A&E after his cellulitis flared up (Image: Getty)
The health body recommends seeking emergency care if the rash changes rapidly, or is accompanied by a fever.
Recurrent episodes of the condition can damage the lymphatic drainage system and cause chronic swelling of the affected limbs.
As with most skin infections, prevention is key. Washing your hands with soap and water or applying protective cream or ointment, can provide adequate protection against infection.
Furthermore, covering your wound with a bandage and watching for signs of infection can also prevent further complications.
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