Cellulitis Treatment

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If you notice sudden changes in your skin, like redness, inflammation, and pain, then you might have a bacterial infection called cellulitis. This is a common condition that brings many men and women to the care of Dr. Saif Fatteh, MD, of Lansing Podiatry & Dermatology in Mt. Pleasant and Lansing, Michigan. Prompt treatment of cellulitis infection can help you avoid serious complications, so be sure to book a diagnostic exam any time you experience sudden changes in your skin. You can set up a visit online or Call us over the phone for more information, and same-day appointments are often available.

What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a common skin infection that occurs when bacteria generally streptococcus and staphylococcus invaded skin and spread to deeper tissues through skin. Treatment for cellulitis is available and it can be fully cured if detected in the early stages but could become life-threatening if left untreated. Cellulitis treatment is needed from a specialist to help reduce symptoms and control infection.

Researchers are noting an increase in bacterial strains that are resistant to antibiotics, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, which may complicate the treatment of cellulitis.

Many of you may think that cellulitis is just a bacterial infection, but it can become severe and dangerous for your life if not treated on time.

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What are the symptoms of Cellulitis?

Cellulitis can occur anywhere on the body, however, it usually occurs in damaged body areas or inflamed parts. Bacteria invade the skin through contaminated cuts, inflamed lesions, areas with poor circulation.

If you find any of the following signs that means it is time to see a cellulitis specialist:

  • Redness
  • Blisters
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Skin dimpling
  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Sensation of warmth

Fever and chills may also result if the infection spreads to the body via the blood.

If you have a sudden rash that seems to be changing rapidly, BOOK A SAME-DAY APPOINTMENT to prevent the infection from spreading.

Are you at risk for cellulitis?

Anyone can develop cellulitis, but there are certain risk factors that increase your chances of skin infection. These include:

  • Compromised immune system
  • Obesity
  • Scrapes, cuts, burns, or any openings in your skin
  • Skin conditions like eczema, shingles, or athlete’s foot
  • Chronic swelling in your arms or legs
  • Previous history of cellulitis
  • Animal bites, scratched insect bites
  • Puncture wounds
  • People with diabetes

Recurring cellulitis infections can cause problems with your lymphatic system, which can lead to chronic inflammation in one or more limbs. Cellulitis causes fever, pain, and redness. So it is better to be careful and prevent skin infection rather than going through treatment.

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Cellulitis Diagnosis

The incubation period depends upon the kind of bacteria behind its cause. Cellulitis diagnosis can be done by your doctor by examining the infected area of the skin and asking the medical history.

At times a blood culture is performed to examine the bacterial growth. If a blood culture report comes positive, it means the bacteria have invaded the bloodstream. This condition is called Bacteremia. This condition is dangerous as it can result in Septicemia and this infection can affect many organ systems of the body.

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How to prevent cellulitis?

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 to prevent infection. 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. Call your doctor if you have experienced any large wound or deep cut. Keeping your fingernails and toenails carefully trimmed can reduce your risk of infections.

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How is cellulitis treated?

Most cases of cellulitis respond well to a course of antibiotics. If your symptoms don’t clear up after a few days, inform Dr. Fatteh, Dermatologist, in Lansing about the skin infection. Ensure to follow your cellulitis specialist’s guidelines about the medication and skincare.

You might need to be briefly hospitalized to receive intravenous antibiotics directly into the blood and other care if you may need any. 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.

As it is a bacterial infection, antibiotics are the best way for cellulitis treatment. Consult your doctor to which antibiotics you should take as not any antibiotic will work. If the infection does not start to deplete in 2 days (48 hours), immediately see your specialist.

In case of severe pain, your doctor can also prescribe some of the painkillers which give you relief.

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 visit any of our two offices in Lansing or Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

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