Cellulitis is a serious skin condition that is caused by bacteria that infects deep into the skin and in the tissues behind the skin. Cellulitis can occur in any area of skin but is more commonly seen in the lower legs of adults. The symptoms of this condition include red, itchy, swollen skin that may feel hot to the touch. The skin is often very painful and the person may also suffer from fever, chills, fatigue, and body aches. These are ways that dermatologists may treat cellulitis.
If the dermatologist has diagnosed a patient with cellulitis, they will most likely prescribe a strong antibiotic to be taken. However, if the patient has a weakened immune system, it may be necessary to extend the time the antibiotics are used.
For severe cases of cellulitis, it is often necessary for a patient to remain in a hospital. During this time, the patient may be given the antibiotic through an IV so that treatment can begin more quickly. This may be the case for those who have cellulitis in the face, in larger areas of the body, or who are suffering other symptoms, such as a high fever and severe pain.
Cellulitis often develops into a break in the skin that becomes a wound on the affected area. To prevent more germs and bacteria from getting into the wound, it is important to keep it covered with a clean dressing. A dermatologist will advise the patient as to how frequently to change the dressing and clean the wound.
Rest and Elevation
Until the cellulitis has cleared up, it is important for the patient to get plenty of rest. If the cellulitis is located in the leg, it is also a good idea to keep the leg elevated as much as possible. Elevating the leg will help reduce swelling and inflammation and encourage healing as well.
If the bacteria causing cellulitis is believed to have gotten into the skin due to another skin condition, it is important that this condition is treated as well. For example, if the patient has a burn, boil, or an open wound on their body, this should also be treated to prevent the same bacteria from getting into the body again. However, once a patient has had cellulitis, they have a higher risk of getting cellulitis again in the future. For more information, contact a dermatologist.Share