There are steps you can take to prevent cellulitis and avoid the need for treatment. Any time the surface of your skin is breached, take immediate steps to clean the area and cover the wound with a bandage. Wash the site daily with soap and water, and use an over-the-counter ointment to reduce the risk of infection.
If you have diabetes or another condition that weakens your immune system you should develop a daily routine of checking your skin for injury and wearing protective gloves and footwear. Keeping your fingernails and toenails carefully trimmed can reduce your risk of infections.
Most cases of cellulitis respond well to a course of antibiotics. If your symptoms don’t clear up after a few days, let Dr. Fatteh know. You might need to be briefly hospitalized to receive intravenous antibiotics.
As you wait for your treatment to take effect, you might find a degree of relief by placing a cool, damp cloth over the area and elevating the affected limb. Over-the-counter pain medications can reduce discomfort.
If you’re concerned about cellulitis or other common skin issues like boils, viral infections, or abscesses, contact Dr. Fatteh to book a thorough diagnostic exam. You can set up a visit online or over the phone.