Cellulitis

Treatment

Cellulitis is a common skin condition that occurs when bacteria enter the deeper layers of the skin, causing infection and inflammation. It commonly affects the legs and face but can occur anywhere on the body. Cellulitis can be painful and may lead to serious complications if left untreated.

The affected area becomes red, swollen, and warm to the touch. The skin may feel tender or painful and may throb. Swelling can make the skin appear puffy and stretched. The skin may become tight and shiny because of the swelling. Some people may experience a fever.

Cellulitis is usually caused by bacteria, most commonly Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria. These bacteria can enter the skin through cuts, scrapes, insect bites, or cracks in the skin's barrier. Individuals with weakened immune systems, poor circulation, or certain chronic conditions are more susceptible to developing cellulitis.

A healthcare provider can diagnose cellulitis through a examination of the affected area. They will look for the characteristic redness, warmth, and swelling. In some cases, a sample of the affected skin might be taken for laboratory analysis to identify the specific bacteria causing the infection.

Cellulitis is typically treated with antibiotics to eliminate the bacterial infection. The choice of antibiotics depends on the severity of the infection and the type of bacteria involved. It is important to complete the entire course of antibiotics even if symptoms improve.

Includes but not limited to:

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Oral Antibiotics (Doxycyline or Cephalexin) 

While antibiotics are the primary treatment, you can also take steps at home to aid the healing process. Elevate the affected limb to reduce swelling, keep the area clean and dry, and take over-the-counter pain relievers to manage discomfort. Drink plenty of fluids and rest to support your body's healing.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed to monitor your progress. If your symptoms worsen or do not improve after a few days of treatment, seek medical attention promptly.

Keep your skin clean and moisturized to maintain its protective barrier. Treat any cuts, scrapes, or insect bites promptly with thorough cleansing. Avoid scratching or picking at skin wounds to prevent bacteria from entering. Practice good hygiene, including regular handwashing, to minimize the risk of infection.

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