Early cellulitis treatment with antibiotics can prevent the spread of infection in blood or organs. In mild cases of cellulitis, antibiotics are taken orally. Instead, in any of these situations, antibiotics are administered intravenously:
In theese cases, cellulitis treatment requires hospitalization, in order to keep the patient under close observation.
Affected area must be immobilized as much as possible and held to a higher level than the rest of the body so that the swelling can be reduced. Cold dressings applied in the infected area may reduce the symptoms and the pain can be calmed with analgesics.
Although cellulitis symptoms usually disappear after a few days of antibiotic therapy, treatment should be continued for 10 days, to insure a complete eradication of the bacteria.
Antibiotic cellulitis treatment can be given intravenously, orally or by applying special ointments have the antibiotic composition. The type of treatment used is decided depending on the severity of the infection as well as on its location.
Outpatient treatment (at home)
Antibiotics and appropriate skin care are the most important parts of the cellulitis treatment. These recommendations are useful in order to improve the health state and to fasten the cure process.
Appellant cellulitis is common among people who have certain diseases that affect the skin and provoke edema (accumulation of fluid in the subcutaneous tissue), like fungal infections, diabetes or peripheral arthritis. The next advice is recommended in order to prevent cellulitis:
Avoid skin lesions wearing appropriate protective equipment. If you get hurt, wash the wound with soap and water and watch carefully the healing process. Some wounds have an increased risk of infection - animal bites, stings, wounds that have deeply penetrated, burns or frostbite.