Healing Stages of Cellulitis
Cellulitis is a common skin disease, like psoriasis, dermatitis, or staph infections. We’ve talked about them somewhat before. In this article, we’ll go into a little more detail about what Cellulitis is, how to treat it, and the stages of healing one goes through as they treat it.
What Is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is also known as xerotic eczema or eczema craquele. As we said, cellulitis is a relatively common skin disease and can be treated. It’s usually caused by a bacteria such as streptococcus or staphylococcus. When these strep and staph bacteria penetrate the skin, they make their way into deeper skin tissues and eventually cause the skin to “break open” in the forms of cracks and abscesses.
Symptoms of cellulitis include:
- Itchy skin
- Cracked skin
- Soreness around the affected area
- Generalized pain or discomfort
- Vomiting (in extreme cases)
Cellulitis is more common in populations of people with diabetes or a weakened immune systems. This explains why it’s so common among the elderly. The ease with which cellulitis can be treated will depend on a variety of factors including one’s natural predisposition to developing the condition in the first place. For example, someone with a weakened immune system is most likely to develop cellulitis, and will need to take more aggressive action to treat it.
That being said, cellulitis is always treatable.
Ways to Treat Cellulitis
There are several steps you can take to treat your cellulitis and find relief from its symptoms.
Here are just a few things you can do to treat your cellulitis.
Boost your immune system - Anything you can do to boost your immune system will help you to better fight cellulitis. Whether it’s increasing your antioxidant intake, consuming more zinc and vitamin C, or getting more sleep, taking steps to improve your immune system will not only provide you relief from cellulitis, but it provides other practical benefits as well.
Use pain relievers - Cellulitis can cause a fair amount of discomfort. The best way to treat this symptom is with temporary use of pain relievers. A doctor can help you figure out how intense your pain is and how long you should continue to use pain killers. But for most people, using over-the-counter pain relievers as recommended by the bottle directions is usually sufficient for treating their pain and discomfort.
Bandage infected areas - One of the dangers of cellulitis is that it further exposes the body to other possible infections. It’s much easier for bacteria to enter cracked skin than it is to penetrate healthy, whole skin. To best prevent future complications, it’s recommended that you bandage the affected area to keep bacteria and other harmful microbes at bay. Look for redness or signs of infection and bring them to your doctors attention if they appear so he or she can be up-to-date.
Provide symptomatic relief - Sometimes what you need is a treatment that can provide symptomatic relief. Emuaid can do that. Emuaid is a scientifically-based, homeopathic, topical ointment used to provide systemic relief from a variety of skin conditions. It can help moisturize your skin, soothe irritation, calm inflammation, and speed up the healing process. Chances are good that if you have damaged skin, Emuaid can help make it better.
Prevent cellulitis - Keeping your skin clean and clear will help you prevent future bouts with cellulitis. Moisturized skin is healthy skin. Using a topical ointment can help keep your skin properly moisturized. General skin care is not only good for those predisposed to cellulitis but it’s just a good idea to practice anyway. Additionally, a doctor may recommend some sort of prescription medication or oral antibiotic to prevent future cellulitis outbreaks. If your doctor offers you medication or antibiotics, make sure to take them as directed. Taking your antibiotics or medications improperly increases the chance that they’ll be ineffective.
Cellulitis Healing Stages
When patients start treating their cellulitis, they normally notice the healing process takes place in five different phases or stages.
Here are the cellulitis healing stages.
Stage 1 - Starting treatment
It’s important to remember that, like most diseases, cellulitis gets worse before it gets better. It will take some time for treatment to take effect. While the treatments first start, the symptoms will inevitably get a little bit worse as the disease continues to advance. Do not worry though, it will only take a couple of days for your cellulitis treatments to start working.
Stage 2 - Pain Reduction
The first symptom people start to notice disappear is pain and discomfort. Most people see a reduction of pain after about 2 or 3 days of treatment. As we said before, the more severe your cellulitis is, the more likely you will have to treat it more aggressively. So just remember that you’re treating your skin. It may take a little longer to start seeing relief in more extreme cases but trust that it’s coming.
Stage 3 - Symptom Reduction
Within a weak, most people with cellulitis start to notice that their other symptoms are significantly reduced. For most patients, they’ll notice that their fever, chills, swelling, inflammation, nausea, and vomiting are greatly reduced. If you start noticing that your symptoms greatly improve after a week, you’ll know that you’re on the right track medically speaking.
Stage 4 - Soreness
Somewhere between a week and ten days, patients generally see that any localized soreness they are experiencing will start clearing up. This will make day-to-day activities significantly easier as you will no longer have to find new ways of doing traditional activities to avoid further soreness and pain.
Stage 5 - Relief
Within 10 days of consistent treatment, all cellulitis-related symptoms should be gone. Some more severe cases of cellulitis may take longer than 10 days to heal, but 10 days is a pretty good estimate for most people. It’s recommended that you speak with a medical doctor after your cellulitis fully clears up to make sure that further steps do not need to be taken. Even when your cellulitis fully heals over, it’s best to continue practicing good skin care to prevent future bouts with the disease.
Feel The Healing Power of Emuaid
No matter what your doctor recommends you do to treat your cellulitis, Emuaid can help aid in the healing process. Not only does it moisturize skin, but it also fights back against infection and encourages better blood flow on the area of skin it’s applied to. Improving the blood flow is helpful because it speeds up the healing process.
It’s been found to help with other skin conditions as well like psoriasis, staphylococcus infections, eczema, and MRSA.
Ask your doctor how they think you can best treat your cellulitis, and while you’re at it, ask them if they think Emuaid is right for you.