How do you treat cellulitis?


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Cellulitis is generally treated with a two-week course of oral antibiotics. For more severe infections that do not respond to treatment or that is not cleared up within 10 days of the commencement of an antibiotic regimen, administration of intravenous. antibiotics in a hospital setting may be required, according to Healthline.

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Cellulitis is a common bacterial infection of the skin that generally first appears as an area that is red, swollen, tender and hot. The skin looks tight, swollen and glossy, and fever can be present. Usually, the lower legs are affected, although the face and other areas of the body can also be involved, as can the underlying tissue. When cellulitis spreads, it can involve the bloodstream and the lymph nodes, according to Healthline, and infections that spread can become life threatening.

Cellulitis results when bacteria enters the body through cracks or cuts in the skin, usually from staphylococcus or streptococcus bacterium. In up to 60 percent of cellulitis cases, the cause of infection results from surgical incisions, insect bites and cuts. People with weakened immune systems, a history of intravenous drug use or skin conditions like athlete's foot or eczema that causes breaks in the skin are more prone to cellulitis, according to Healthline.

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