Cellulitis is a common infection of the skin and the soft tissues underneath. It happens when bacteria enter a break in the skin and spread. The result is infection, which may cause swelling, redness, pain, or warmth. Cellulitis is a common and sometimes painful bacterial skin infection. It may first appear as a red, swollen area that feels hot and tender to the touch.The redness and swelling can spread quickly.
It most often affects the skin of the lower legs, although the infection can occur anywhere on a person’s body or face. Cellulitis usually happens on the surface of the skin, but it may also affect the tissues underneath. The infection can spread to lymph nodes and bloodstream. Cellulitis is a common infection of the skin and the soft tissues underneath. It happens when bacteria enter a break in the skin and spread. The result is infection, which may cause swelling, redness, pain, or warmth.They’re at risk if they have :
Cellulitis symptoms include :
More serious cellulitis symptoms include :
Symptoms like these could mean that cellulitis is spreading :
Things that cause cellulitis include :
Several factors put you at increased risk of cellulitis :
If your cellulitis recurs, your doctor may recommend preventive antibiotics. To help prevent cellulitis and other infections, take these precautions when you have a skin wound:
People with diabetes and those with poor circulation need to take extra precautions to prevent skin injury. Good skin care measures include the following:
Doctor will do a medical history and physical exam. Other procedures could include :
Doctor will likely be able to diagnose cellulitis just by looking at skin. A physical exam might reveal:
Depending on the severity of symptoms, doctor may want to monitor the affected area for a few days to see if the redness or swelling spread. In some cases, doctor may take blood or a sample of the wound to test for bacteria.
HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINES FOR CELLULITIS
Belladonna acts as a very good natural medicine for cellulitis where the skin is markedly red and swollen giving it a shining appearance. Patient requiring Belladonna will also experience pain which gets worse by touch. The character of pain is that it appears and disappears suddenly. Another marked feature where this medicine Belladonna can be used for cellulitis is dryness of skin with much heat.
Apis mellifica is suited in those cases of cellulitis in which there is much swelling of the affected area along with much burning and stinging type of pains. Apis mellifica also respond to those cases of cellulitis in which the burning pains are relieved by applying something cold over skin and the pains that rapidly shifts from one part to another. Another feature of this medicine indication is rosy hue of skin with much sensitivity towards touch. Apis mellifica can be taken in all those cases where cellulitis is a result of honey bee sting. For swelling with a puffy appearance that worsens with heat and pressure, especially in the afternoon and is better with cold applications, open air, movement, and sitting upright. Great remedy for Cellulitis after insect bite. For skin which is sore, sensitive and stinging with rosy hue. Excellent for sudden puffing of whole body.
Ledum palustre holds a very good image in treating those cases of cellulitis resulting from insect bites. This natural medicine is used in cellulitis when there is coldness of affected part with tearing type of pains. Ledum palustre can be used in long-standing cases of cellulitis in which the skin colour changes from blueness to green.
This remedy Silicea gives very good results when blebs are formed on skin in advanced cellulitis cases. These blebs can contain pus which is very offensive. Silicea is also used when along with cellulitis there is fever with chilliness and offensive perspiration. Marked remedy for skin where every little injury suppurates, with offensive pus in it. For fever in Cellulitis with creepy shivering over whole body.
Pyrogenium is an excellent remedy for treating septicemia. The points that guide towards its use in septic conditions is a) fever with chills b) The body temperature being 103 to 106, rising quickly with abnormally very rapid pulse rate making the patient restless.The patient requiring pyrogenium complains of excessive chilliness in the back. In cases where septicemia occurs after surgery or after childbirth, Pyrogenium acts very effectively.
Undoubtedly the best remedy for cellulitis that has come after surgical cuts is Calendula officinalis. This medicine acts very efficiently not only as a curative but also as preventive for excessive suppuration/pus formation on the skin in cellulitis developing post surgically. If applied locally to the wounded skin after an injury it helps as preventive for cellulitis.
For restless and anxious individuals; may be used for children; only available under the direction of a licensed homeopath
For symptoms that tend to be worse on the left side of the body and during and immediately after sleep. Great remedy for blue black swellings in severe cases of Cellulitis. For pus filled dissecting wounds. Effective for Cellulitis in old age. Condition better by appearance of discharge and warm applications .
For individuals who are bothered by both heat and cold, and are often trembling and impulsive
For hot, burning skin with itching that worsens at night and with washing
Excellent remedy for Cellulitis and Erysipelas, where skin is intensely red and swollen. Condition aggravates in cold, wet, rainy weather and gets better by warm application. For individuals who are restless and anxious with itching that tends to worsen at night but is relieved by warm compresses or pressure.