Cellulitis Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments
Cellulitis is a skin disease some people need to seek treatment for. This article will outline what it is as well as its symptoms, causes, and treatment options.
What Is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a skin infection that happens underneath the soft tissues of the skin. Unlike most skin infections, cellulitis is not exposed to the outside world, making it more difficult to treat. The skin, which is supposed to protect the body from infection and bacteria, ultimately protects the infection from external treatments.
Cellulitis is a common skin disease. Many people develop it and many people are treated for it.
Fortunately, cellulitis is easy to recognize.
Symptoms Of Cellulitis
The symptoms of cellulitis are easy to spot, they include:
- A warm sensation
- Pain or discomfort
- Red streaking around the general area
- Fluid leaking from the infection that is either clear or yellow
- Leaking of pus
These are the most common symptoms of cellulitis. If you have these symptoms it is best to take some over the counter pain relief medication and keep the general area clean using disinfectant creams like Emuaid. Also, it’s best to continue following standard hygiene best practices when developing cellulitis.
If you experience the aforementioned symptoms, contact your doctor. If you experience any of the following symptoms, seek emergency help immediately.
- High fever
- Hardening or enlarging of the infected area
- Increased pain
- Vomiting or another form of nausea
- Localized numbness
These are all signs that your cellulitis infection has become serious and requires drastic and immediate attention. Any and all of these symptoms require immediate attention from your medical doctor or a trip to the emergency room.
Causes Of Cellulitis
Cellulitis usually happens for one reason. An infection has somehow made its way into and under your skin. An infection can get under your skin in a variety of different ways.
Cellulitis can be caused by the following:
- A foreign object penetrating your skin
- An infection after a surgical procedure
- A bone infection already underneath the skin
- An injury which tore or broke the skin
- A long-term skin disease such as psoriasis or eczema
Any of these instances could cause a bacterial infection to find it’s way underneath your skin where it can be protected from external methods of treatment.
Treatments For Cellulitis
Cellulitis can vary in severity. How advanced the cellulitis has become will help determine your treatment options.
If your cellulitis is in its beginning stages, the best option is to rest the affected part of your body while elevating it to aid in swelling reduction. Elevating the infection can also help decrease discomfort. Also, use an over-the-counter painkiller to offset the pain or discomfort you experience.
No matter how severe your cellulitis is, you should talk with your doctor. In most cases, your doctor will prescribe an oral antibiotic for you to take over the course of a couple of weeks. In most cases with cellulitis, the infection will clear up within a few days, but it’s important to continue taking your prescription until you run out.
If your cellulitis is severe enough, you should go to the emergency room. In the ER, they’ll give you an IV with stronger antibiotics in order to more severely control the infection. This might require a 2 to 3-day stay in the hospital.
In some, rare cases, cellulitis requires surgery. This is because doctors sometimes need to lance the infected area to help remove infected material and remove tissue that is slowing down the healing process.
Cellulitis is a common skin disease, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be serious. Make sure to talk to your doctor if you ever think you have cellulitis. But do not worry, cellulitis is also highly treatable, and in most cases, easy to treat.
Hopefully, now you feel better prepared to handle and treat cellulitis, should you ever need to.