What Is a Good Cellulitis Treatment?

A good course of treatment for cellulitis, an acute bacterial infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, is the use of antibiotics. Cellulitis is most often caused by the streptococci or staphylococci bacteria, according Merck Manuals.

Cellulitis is a common and potentially serious bacterial skin infection that may include symptoms such as swelling, warmth, tenderness, pain, fever, red spots, blisters and skin dimples, states Mayo Clinic. Symptoms may also include red streaking and leaking of yellow or clear fluid or pus, adds WebMD.

This infection may be caused by injuries that tear the skin, infections after surgery, long-term skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, foreign objects in the skin and bone infections underneath the skin, states WebMD.

Although the lower legs are most commonly affected, cellulitis can spread quickly to other parts of the body. It doesn't normally spread from person to person. Cellulitis may affect the surface of the skin or tissues underlying the skin and can spread to the bloodstream and lymph nodes, which is life-threatening, notes Mayo Clinic. Prevention of cellulitis includes wound-care precautions such as washing the wound daily with soap and water, applying protective cream or ointment, covering the wound with a bandage, and watching for signs of infection.