Boardman, OH Cellulitis Treatment

Discover The Warning Signs & Preventions for Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a skin infection caused when bacteria penetrate a break in the skin. Potential catalysts for cellulitis are injuries that involve skin tears, infections that occur after surgery, and long-standing bone infections. The dry, cracked skin that results from conditions such as eczema and psoriasis also can facilitate cellulitis. Once cellulitis has developed, its symptoms include redness or red streaking, swelling, and an uncomfortable warming sensation on the skin. The afflicted area may also leak a clear or yellowish fluid or pus that forms under the top dermis layers.

The two types of bacteria that cause cellulitis are staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria. Each type of bacteria occurs naturally on the skin. As a result, cellulitis is a fairly common skin condition. Home remedies include body rest, elevating the area to reduce swelling, and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Severe cases of cellulitis that require medical intervention can be signaled by nausea and vomiting, plus high fever and chills. When the afflicted area of skin becomes more red, increasingly painful, or numb to the touch, the cellulitis merits a physician’s attention. Treatments include oral antibiotics and, in severe cases, intravenous or intramuscular antibiotics. The most severe instances of cellulitis result in an abscess or dead skin tissue that must be dealt with in surgery.

Cellulitis prevention begins with good personal hygiene. It is essential to wash and disinfect cuts and puncture wounds as well as broken skin caused by other medical conditions.

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