Font Size
A
A
A
...
11
...

Cellulitis (cont.)

Cellulitis Prevention

  • It is very important to keep your skin clean by practicing good personal hygiene.
  • If you notice pain or discomfort from an area of the skin, check to see what it looks like. If it appears inflamed and progresses from one day to the next, you will most likely need treatment.
  • Avoid situations that may injure your skin, especially if you have swelling from circulatory problems.
  • Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes or slippers with loose-fitting cotton socks. Avoid walking barefoot in areas where you do not have a good idea about what you are walking on, for example, in garages, on a littered beach, or in the woods.
  • If you do injure your skin, wash the area with soap and water and check to make sure that the injury is getting better over the next several days.
  • Certain injuries may be at greater risk factors for infection than others. You may need to take antibiotics to prevent infection or have other preventive care, such as a tetanus vaccine. Be sure to contact your doctor if you have injuries such as these:
    • Animal or human bites
    • Puncture injuries deeper than a ½ inch, such as stepping on a nail
    • Crushed tissue that bleeds, burns that blister, frostbite, or deep injuries with dirt in them
    • Injuries in contact with sea water
  • Find out if you have diabetes or other significant medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease. These conditions may be present without symptoms. Follow your doctor's instructions for management of these conditions.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have swelling in your limbs that does not go away.

Must Read Articles Related to Cellulitis

Acne
Acne Acne is a red skin rash caused by several factors, including hormones and bacteria. Treatment involves washing skin with a mild cleanser once or twice daily, ap...learn more >>
Athlete's Foot
Athlete's Foot Athlete's foot is a superficial skin infection of the foot caused by a moldlike fungus.learn more >>
Chickenpox
Chickenpox Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious infection that affects children. Most infections occur between the ages of 5-10 years and usually st...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Cellulitis:

Cellulitis - Treatment

What treatment was effective for your cellulitis?

Cellulitis - Symptoms

The symptoms of cellulitis can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your initial symptoms?





Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Cellulitis »

Cellulitis is a term that describes the inflammatory response caused by bacteria in the skin below the epidermis.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary