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Cellulitis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is one of the common skin infections caused by bacteria. It may initially be swollen and red in appearance that feels tender and hot to touch. The swelling and redness generally spreads rapidly. It is generally painful. In most instances, the lower legs get affected, even though the infection might also take root on other body parts or even the face. Cellulitis generally affect the skin surface, but it might also spread to the tissue layers beneath the skin. Cellulitis might also spread to the bloodstream or lymph nodes. If cellulitis is not properly treated, the infection can spread and pose a risk to your life. If you have experienced any cellulitis symptoms, you should immediately seek medical attention. Cellulitis happens when certain kinds of bacteria break into the body via a crack or cut to the skin. Streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria commonly causes cellulitis. The usual infection sites are skin injuries like insect bites, surgical incisions and cuts. Certain factors increase the chances for developing cellulitis.

They include:

  • Skin conditions which cause breakage of the skin like athlete’s foot and eczema
  • IV (intra venous) drug use
  • A faulty immune system
  • Previous exposure to cellulitis
  • Diabetes

A doctor might easily be able to detect cellulitis by seeing, but they might carry out a physical exam for determining the severity of the condition.

    This examination can reveal:

    • Warmth and redness in the affected areas
    • Swollen gland
    • Skin swelling

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The doctor might keep a check on the areas affected for some time to check for the spread of swelling or redness in and around the affected parts, if the symptoms are severe. In few cases, the doctor might carry out blood tests or a wound culture test for checking for bacteria traces. The doctor might start you off with a 10 day or a 21 day regimen of antibiotics for treating cellulitis. The duration of the treatment with antibiotics depends on the extent of the condition. Even if the symptoms show improvement after few days, it is essential that all the prescribed medicines are being taken for ensuring proper treatment. During the course of the antibiotics, keep a watch on your condition to detect if the signs are improving. In most instances, the symptoms disappear or improve after few days. Pain relievers may be prescribed in few cases. You should take rest till the symptoms improve. The limb affected should be raised higher than the heart level when you take rest, to reduce the swelling. Consult with your doctor instantly, if you haven’t shown any response to the treatment after three days of starting one course of antibiotics. The symptoms might get worse or you might start having a fever. After a week or more of starting the antibiotics course, the cellulitis should start disappearing. A longer treatment may be needed if the infection gets severe. This may happen if the immune system is not functioning properly or if you are suffering from chronic ailments.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test sometimes required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Symptoms
Tenderness and inflamation on the skin. Swollen lymph glands which gets harder.

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Cellulitis - 5 Tips to Prevent It!

DNB, MBBS, DDVL
Dermatologist, Delhi
Cellulitis - 5 Tips to Prevent It!

Cellulitis is a common contagious bacterial skin infection marked by redness and swelling of the skin that feels tender and hot. It usually occurs when bacteria penetrate through a crack or a cut on the skin’s surface. Although cellulitis can develop anywhere over the face or the body, it is your lower legs that are affected the most. It damages the tissues beneath the skin, spreading to the bloodstream and the lymph nodes. If left untreated, the infection might get aggravated and turn fatal.  

Prevention:

In case of a recurrence, preventive antibiotics may be recommended by the doctor. Adopting the below mentioned precautionary measures can help:

1. Gently rinse the wound with soap and water on a daily basis, whenever you go in for a shower.

2. Apply an antibiotic ointment or a cream over the wound to get adequate protection.

3. Use a bandage to dress your wound and change it daily.

4. Watch out for signs of infections such as pain and redness and accordingly go for medical help.

5. People with diabetes often suffer from poor blood circulation. They require extra precautions in order to prevent any skin injury:

  • Minutely check for signs of injury, failing which you might be even more susceptible to infections.
  • Moisturize and lubricate your skin daily to prevent peeling and cracking.
  • Trim your toenails and fingernails carefully so that they do not injure the ambient skin.
  • Wear appropriate gloves and footwear to protect your feet and hands.
  • Treat any infection developing on the skin surface at the right time because they might be contagious.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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How to Prevent Cellulitis: Remember These Tips!

MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
How to Prevent Cellulitis: Remember These Tips!

Cellulitis is a common contagious bacterial skin infection marked by redness and swelling of the skin that feels tender and hot. It usually occurs when bacteria penetrate through a crack or a cut on the skin’s surface. Although cellulitis can develop anywhere over the face or the body, it is your lower legs that are affected the most. It damages the tissues beneath the skin, spreading to the bloodstream and the lymph nodes. If left untreated, the infection might get aggravated and turn fatal.  

Prevention:

In case of a recurrence, preventive antibiotics may be recommended by the doctor. Adopting the below mentioned precautionary measures can help:

  1. Gently rinse the wound with soap and water on a daily basis, whenever you go in for a shower.
  2. Apply an antibiotic ointment or a cream over the wound to get adequate protection.
  3. Use a bandage to dress your wound and change it daily.
  4. Watch out for signs of infections such as pain and redness and accordingly go for medical help.

People with diabetes often suffer from poor blood circulation. They require extra precautions in order to prevent any skin injury:

  1. Minutely check for signs of injury, failing which you might be even more susceptible to infections.
  2. Moisturize and lubricate your skin daily to prevent peeling and cracking.
  3. Trim your toenails and fingernails carefully so that they do not injure the ambient skin.
  4. Wear appropriate gloves and footwear to protect your feet and hands.
  5. Treat any infection developing on the skin surface at the right time because they might be contagious.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Cellulitis - How Homeopathy Can Help Treat It?

CCH, BHMS, DMLT
Homeopath, Jhansi
Cellulitis - How Homeopathy Can Help Treat It?

Cellulitis is an intense and chronic aggravation of the connective tissue of the skin, brought on by infection with a kind of bacteria (staphylococcus, streptococcus or other microbes). Cellulitis often occurs on uncovered areas of the body, for example, the arms, legs, and the face. It is basically characterised by excessive redness, swelling, warmth and pain or pain at even the most delicate touch.

Homeopathic medications are extremely productive in treating cellulitis, although these will have to be prescribed by a doctor only. The medicines work very efficiently by increasing the immunity of the patient along with a decrease in the swelling, pain and burning in cellulitis. Indeed, even in instances of cellulitis with blister formation, homeopathic medications are very effective and are usually administered in small doses of natural elements. Following are some of the homeopathic medications so as to cure cellulitis:

  1. Belladonna for redness of skin during cellulitis: The Homeopathic cure Belladonna is a normal medicine for cellulitis where the skin is extremely red and swollen giving it a sparkling appearance. Patients that feel excruciating pain even at the slightest touch will also require Belladonna.
  2. Apis Mellifica for cellulitis during swelling: Apis mellifica is suited for those instances of cellulitis where there is much swelling of the affected zone along with a burning and stinging pain. Apis mellifica helps those cases of cellulitis in which the smouldering pain is relieved by applying something cool over the skin and the pain that quickly spreads over various parts of the body.
  3. Ledum Palsture for cellulitis due to insect bites: The Homeopathic solution Ledum palustre holds a very effective reputation in treating those instances of cellulitis that occur because of bug bites. This common homeopathic solution is used as a part of cellulitis when there is a cold sensation in the affected area with tearing pain.
  4. Pyrogenium for septicaemia in cellulitis: Pyrogenium is a well-known solution for treating this condition. It is used for a number of symptoms. This could include a fever with the body temperature being 103 to 106 degrees. It rises rapidly with an unusually fast heartbeat and restlessness.
  5. Calendula Officinalis in Post-surgical cellulitis: Without a doubt, the best homeopathic solution for cellulitis that has come after surgical cuts is Calendula officinalis. This prescription acts productively as a corrective as well as a preventive measure for pus formation on the skin after the surgery.
  6. Silicea for treating cellulitis when blisters show up on the skin: The homeopathic cure Silicea gives great results when blisters or sores are shaped on the skin in extreme cellulitis cases. These blisters are usually filled with pus, which is quite harmful if the blister bursts. Silicea is also used when there is fever with chills and perspiration. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Homeopath.
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Cellulitis - Tips To Prevent It!

MBBS(Hons), MD (Gold Medalist) Dermatology
Dermatologist, Kolkata
Cellulitis - Tips To Prevent It!

Cellulitis is a common contagious bacterial skin infection marked by redness and swelling of the skin that feels tender and hot. It usually occurs when bacteria penetrate through a crack or a cut on the skin’s surface. Although cellulitis can develop anywhere over the face or the body, it is your lower legs that are affected the most. It damages the tissues beneath the skin, spreading to the bloodstream and the lymph nodes. If left untreated, the infection might get aggravated and turn fatal.  

Prevention:

In case of a recurrence, preventive antibiotics may be recommended by the doctor. Adopting the below mentioned precautionary measures can help:

1. Gently rinse the wound with soap and water on a daily basis, whenever you go in for a shower.

2. Apply an antibiotic ointment or a cream over the wound to get adequate protection.

3. Use a bandage to dress your wound and change it daily.

4. Watch out for signs of infections such as pain and redness and accordingly go for medical help.

5. People with diabetes often suffer from poor blood circulation. They require extra precautions in order to prevent any skin injury:

  • Minutely check for signs of injury, failing which you might be even more susceptible to infections.
  • Moisturize and lubricate your skin daily to prevent peeling and cracking.
  • Trim your toenails and fingernails carefully so that they do not injure the ambient skin.
  • Wear appropriate gloves and footwear to protect your feet and hands.
  • Treat any infection developing on the skin surface at the right time because they might be contagious. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a dermatologist.
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Cellulite - Ways To Get Rid Of It!

MBBS, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy, FRGUHS
Dermatologist, Bangalore
Cellulite - Ways To Get Rid Of It!

Women over the age of 25 gradually begin to reduce the muscle mass and fat or adipose deposition happens at almost 5 times the pace. There is also the collagen reduction that happens alongside. All these put together give the flab, which is a point of embarrassment for women. Thighs, stomach, below the butt are common areas and could require changing your wardrobe. However, given that almost 93% of the women have cellulite, a lot of been done to identify ways this. From topical chemicals to medications to surgery, there are various options.

If that sounds comforting, don't. Cellulite is not something that can be cured and will stay forever. It requires a lot of dedication and lifestyle changes to sustain the lost fat (learn more about The Healthiest Ways to Achieve Fat Loss), which is the most important phase. Also, cellulite is transmitted genetically, and if you have a propensity for it, the chances of relapse are equally high.

Listed below are some ways to manage cellulite:

  1. Dietary (learn more about Dietary Fats) changes: Reduce salt, salty foods swell up the fat cells, making the cellulite more prominent. Adding a lot of fiber and whole grains cleanses the intestines of toxins and reduces the amount of fat.
  2. Exercise regularly: Any physical exercise, be it walking, jogging, cycling, or swimming, that you enjoy is completely welcome. All these help burn fat and reduce cellulite. There are also specific exercises aimed at working the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, hip flexors and abductors - one-legged lunges, squat and side lifts, V-leg pulls, etc.
  3. Massage: There are special massage bars with multiple notches on it, which helps stimulate fat and improve fluid circulation. Cellulite also has lymphatic drainage and a high chance of infection. Massage also improves lymphatic drainage, thereby reducing the chances of infection.
  4. Exfoliating: Body scrubs, especially around the area of maximum collection, also help reduce fat deposits. Scrubs containing coffee are particularly helpful, as it improves lymphatic drainage and caffeine tightens skin. There are also do-it-yourself kits available that claim to reduce cellulite. A word of caution here, use under medical supervision.
  5. Body Serum and body contour creams: These contain a combination of caffeine and antioxidants along with some active ingredients that are proven to mobilize fat deposits. Again, better to get medical opinion before use.
  6. Cellulite blasting technology: There are ways to mobilize cellulite by applying shockwaves to the area of cellulite and dissolve the fat. It is proven to be safe and is FDA approved.

Studies are also underway to test a drug that will dissolve the collagen in the skin, thereby reducing cellulite. This is yet to be proven and once done may become hugely popular as cellulite is a universal problem with women. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.

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Popular Questions & Answers

My father having diabetic and he is 65 year old he has high diabetic now and now he is suffering from cellulitis. Doctor has given medicine. Please suggest for the relief as he was having wound in back of his foot now he is having cellulitis.

MBBS, MD
Endocrinologist, Delhi
At this time diabetes should be controlled strictly pregerably with insulin. Appropriate antibiotics should be used as per the culture sensitivity of discharge from wound. Wound debridement is done if necrotic tissue is there. Daily localclining of wound. Surgical openion is must.

Cellulite was there initially general doctor gave Dalacin 300 mg medicine given for more than 10 days. Not cured. Hence he suggested to meet dermatologists. Dermatologist recommend 1. Dolokind plus 2. Chymoral forte 3. Maha cef XL 4. Pantakind DSR before food 5. Chitomesh SF cream topical use. Past 2 days I am following this. Currently transparent liquid like comes out of affected area. Is it right symptom or is it increasing as it never before.

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, FIAGES(Fellowship In Minimal Access Surgery), FMAS (Fellowship In Minimal Access Surgery)
General Surgeon, Ghaziabad
Hello there. If redness pain and fever are there it means symptoms are increasing. Discharge from lesion is a bad sign. Without examining you it will be difficult to comment now. Its better you visit your doctor again.
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How to get rid of cellulite. Can you suggest me exercises. I'm 24 years old girl. 63 kgs.

B.H.M.S.
Homeopath, Kolkata
The very first thing you follow is regulated and regular diet. Initially, do not go for heavy exercises or weight- losing attempts at gyms. Just go for some free hand exercises breathing exercises at beginning. Hope these will help you initially make reduction of cellulite.
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Dr, Please tell me, Pregnancy Will causes the Cellulite on Thighs and Butt of the Womens? And also tell me, Other reasons for Cellulite?

BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Cellulite, also known as “orange-peel skin”, is a subcutaneous accumulation of fatty deposits in certain parts of the body – usually in the abdomen, thighs and buttocks – that take on the appearance of orange peel. This subcutaneous layer known as dermis is formed by a framework of elastic fibres, collagen, blood capillaries and nerves, amongst other things. Homoeopathic medications reactivate circulation and improve drainage, relieve water retention and excess weight, regulate anxiety and hunger. Homoeopathy is very useful in draining toxins, detoxifying the body and avoids worsening of the cellulite. A homeopathic constitutional treatment will give you a permanent cure You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects Medicines will reach you via courier services

How to cure cellulite from butt cheeks permanently. Suggest me any cream or lotion or anything. Thank you.

BHMS
Homeopath, Chennai
Cellulite, also known as “orange-peel skin”, is a subcutaneous accumulation of fatty deposits in certain parts of the body – usually in the abdomen, thighs and buttocks – that take on the appearance of orange peel. This subcutaneous layer known as dermis is formed by a framework of elastic fibres, collagen, blood capillaries and nerves, amongst other things. Homoeopathic medications reactivate circulation and improve drainage, relieve water retention and excess weight, regulate anxiety and hunger. Homoeopathy is very useful in draining toxins, detoxifying the body and avoids worsening of the cellulite. A homeopathic constitutional treatment will give you a permanent cure You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure without any side effects Medicines will reach you via courier services
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