Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis may first appear as a red, swollen area that feels hot and tender to the touch. The redness and swelling often spread rapidly. Cellulitis is usually painful. Symptoms of cellulitis include:
• Pain or tenderness in the affected area
• Skin redness or inflammation that gets bigger as the infection spreads
• Skin sore or rash that starts suddenly, and grows quickly in the first 24 hours
• Hair loss at the site of the infection
• Nausea and vomiting
HOW IS CELLULITIS DIAGNOSED?
The dermatologist will perform a physical exam along with other tests which are blood culture, Complete blood count (CBC), Culture of any fluid or material inside the affected area and a biopsy may be done if other conditions are suspected.
HOW IS CELLULITIS TREATED?
Cellulitis can be treated within a regime of 10-21 days with oral antibiotics. The length of your treatment with oral antibiotics will depend on the severity of your condition. In some cases, pain relievers are prescribed. In case the medication procedure does not work then the doctor may recommend hospitalization for further treatment.