Cellulitis: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Cellulitis is a common skin infection that occurs when bacteria – primarily staphylococcus and streptococcus – enters the body through cracking or peeling skin, insect or animal bites, or wounds or cuts.

Signs and Symptoms of Cellulitis

•      Fever

•      Chills or shaking

•      Sweating

•      Fatigue

•      Pain or tenderness

•      Hair loss at the site of infection

•      Redness

•      Inflammation

•      Joint stiffness

•      Sudden rash

•      Stretched looking skin

•      Warmness in the affected area

•      General ill feeling

•      Nausea and vomiting

If you experience any combination of the above symptoms, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist at your earliest convenience.

Treatment for Cellulitis

For the most part, treatment will involve the use of antibiotics. Cellulitis usually goes away with 7 – 10 days of antibiotics, however, hospitalization may be necessary if:

•      You are very sick (for example, you have a very high temperature, blood pressure problems, or nausea and vomiting that does not go away)

•      You have been on antibiotics and the infection is getting worse

•      Your immune system is not working well (due to cancer, HIV)

•      You require antibiotics through a vein (IV)

Preventing Cellulitis

You can try to prevent cellulites and other skin infections by following these tips:

•      To prevent cracking, use lotions or ointments.

•      Wear comfortable shoes that fit your foot.

•      Keep your toenails trimmed and avoid irritating the skin around your toenails.

•      Wear protective equipment when at work or playing sports.

In the event of a break in the skin, do the following:

1.   Clean the break with soap and water.

2.   Apply an antibiotic cream or ointment.

3.   Cover the break with a bandage and change it everyday until the wound scabs over.

4.   Watch for signs of Cellulitis.

5.   If you notice any signs or symptoms of Cellulitis, call your podiatrist.

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