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CELLULITIS

CELLULITIS

Cellulitis is a common, yet serious type of bacterial skin infection . The infected parts of the skin turns red and swollen, while at the same time it’s painful and warm to touch. It commonly affects the skin on the lower legs, but on the other hand, it can also occur in the face, arms and other parts of the body. This happens when there is a break in your skin that allows the bacteria to enter.

If this condition was left untreated, it can rapidly spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream that will result in a more serious problem. The infection doesn’t spread from one individual to another.

SYMPTOMS

The following are possible signs and symptoms of cellulitis, which commonly  occur on one side of the body:

  • Redness of the affected skin that tends to spread
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • A feeling of warmth on the affected area
  • Fever
  • Red spots
  • Blisters
  • Skin dimpling

DIAGNOSIS

Your doctor will be able to diagnose cellulitis by simply looking at your skin. However, there are some cases that he or she may recommend blood tests or other tests to rule out with other conditions.

TREATMENT

The treatment of cellulitis usually consists of oral antibiotics. Your doctor must know whether the infection is responsive to the treatment within three days upon starting the antibiotic. You must need to take the antibiotic depending upon the instruction of your doctor.

The signs and symptoms of cellulitis go away after a few days. But you need to be hospitalized and receive antibiotics through your veins  if you will notice that:

  • Signs and symptoms don’t respond to oral antibiotics
  • Signs and symptoms are becoming worse than usual
  • High fever

Your doctor will recommend a drug which is effective against both streptococci and staphylococci. He or she might also suggest elevating the affected area for your fast recovery. The most important part of treatment is that you take your medicines according to your doctor’s direction and finish the entire course even after you feel better.

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