Cellulitis Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment
Cellulitis Symptoms, Causes and Treatment
Cellulitis is a condition that affects the deep layers of the skin and the tissues around it. It is brought about by an infection, and it typically affects the legs. However, it can occur anywhere throughout the body. Cellulitis can affect anyone regardless of gender and age.
Prompt medical attention is necessary to avoid cellulitis from spreading and becoming a more serious condition. The physicians at Mobidoctor can quickly identify your condition and provide effective treatment plans to help you beat cellulitis.
Here are the common symptoms of cellulitis:
- Swollen skin
- Pain in the affected area
- Inflamed, reddish, and warm-to-touch skin
- A nauseous sensation
Cellulitis can spread quickly to the blood if not dealt with promptly. It may cause serious illnesses such as bacterial meningitis and blood infections. Immediately see a doctor if you notice these other symptoms that could be signs your infected cellulitis is spreading:
- High persistent fever
- Dizziness spells
- Redness that spread over a wide area of your skin
Bacterial infection is the leading cause of cellulitis. Bacteria enters your body through breaks in the skin caused by cuts, grazes, and bites. Certain skin conditions that leave cracks such as eczema can also become entry points for bacterial infection in the skin.
Fungal infections can also lead to cellulitis, though such cases are rare and are typically attributed to a weakened immune system.
You have a greater chance of contracting cellulitis if you are:
- Obese or overweight
- Have illnesses related to poor blood circulation
- Uses intravenous drugs frequently
Antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat cellulitis, as the condition is often caused by bacteria. However, these treatment suggestions work well in conjunction with antibiotic therapy:
- Resting and elevating the affected limb as often as you can
- Taking pain medications to help ease discomfort caused by the inflamed skin
- Keeping yourself hydrated with water and healthy fluids
- Avoid further injury such as cuts to your skin
- Performing gentle exercises to the affected limb once in a while to promote circulation
See a doctor immediately once you notice the first suspicious signs of cellulitis. Doing so helps you diagnose the condition earlier and gives antibiotic therapy a better chance of success.
Mobidoctor online doctors are always available to assess, diagnose, and treat your cellulitis. They can prescribe antibiotics for your condition and have them send it to the pharmacy nearest you, so all you have to do is pick up your medications and take them as prescribed.