Cellulitis and its symptoms
Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that makes the skin red, swollen, hot, and tender to touch. It can occur anywhere on the body; however, it often affects the skin of the lower legs. It usually happens on the surface of the skin but can go underneath, affecting tissues, lymph nodes, and the bloodstream. Cellulitis can be life-threatening if left unattended.
What are the symptoms of Cellulitis?
- Pain in the affected area
- Red, swollen inflamed skin
- A skin sore or rash, growing really fast
- A sensation of warmth in the affected area
- Fever and pus
- Shaking and chills
- Muscle ache
- Network of red streaks on the skin
If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor immediately.
What causes Cellulitis?
Cellulitis occurs when bacteria (Streptococcus and Staphylococcus) enter through irritated areas of the skin like cuts or cracks, puncture wounds, animal bites, or dry swollen skin. Cellulitis spreads fast affecting the whole body. Thus, it needs to be treated as early as possible.
What are the treatments for Cellulitis?
The doctor will be able to diagnose Cellulitis by looking at it. They may suggest you some tests to eliminate other conditions. The doctor will prescribe you antibiotics to treat Cellulitis and within a few days the infection will subside. It is important to take your medication as directed by your doctor, even after you feel better.
How can you prevent cellulitis?
To prevent cellulitis from coming back the doctor may recommend some antibiotics. To help prevent it, take the following precautions
- Practice good hygiene
- Wash the affected area well with water and soap
- Apply the prescribed ointment and cover your wound with a band-aid
- Watch for signs of infections
People with diabetes and poor blood circulation are at high risk of skin infections. To know Cellulitis and its symptoms observe:
- Inspect your feet daily
- Moisturize your skin regularly
- Cut and trim your nails regularly
- Wear appropriate gloves and footwear to protect your hands and feet
- If skin injection occurs don’t wait to start the treatment for it