I have an appointment scheduled in two weeks but thought I would share my conclusion. After stepping on a rawhide dog bone 4 years ago I developed severe lymphedema of both legs from the mid calf down to the ankle. No other surgeries or reasons for it. But here is the clencher.... Antibiotics clear up all signs and my legs remain normal until 5-7 days after taking my last pill. Then the swelling, redness, pain and ugliness return. This has happened three times now, the most recent when being treated for pneumonia last winter. I believe I have had the infection since the injury or since receiving steroid shots in my right heel to endure the pain from injury and/or the 3 spurs caused from the inpact. Actually the foot doctor is the one who diagnosed infection versus lymphedema. The skin on my legs is leatherlike red, sometimes seep, and look identical to chronic lymphedema but I am convinced if I can get a low grade antibiotic to take long term or until the infection is totally gone I may be able to wear a skirt or capri's again. Has anyone else experienced this?