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Cellulitis (cont.)

What Specialists Treat Cellulitis?

Most primary care doctors (including family practice doctors, internal-medicine doctors, pediatricians, and geriatricians) or emergency-medicine doctors can treat cellulitis. Most treatment will occur as an outpatient. If the condition is severe, these doctors may need to provide treatment in the hospital. A dermatologist (skin specialist) treats many types of complicated skin conditions and can treat cellulitis. However, dermatologists are very specialized, and most people first see a primary care or emergency-room doctor for treatment of cellulitis. If you require hospitalization for severe cellulitis, an infectious-disease specialist and a surgeon may be consulted to assist in treatment. An ear, nose, and throat surgeon may be consulted for ear cellulitis if malignant otitis externa is suspected.

What Medications Treat Cellulitis?

Antibiotics are prescribed by mouth (oral) or by injections. Be sure to tell your health care provider about any reactions you may have had in the past to antibiotics. Several antibiotics may be prescribed for cellulitis, alone or combined, depending on the suspected bacteria and the seriousness of the infection. Common ones include doxycycline (Vibramycin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), clindamycin (Cleocin), cefazolin, dicloxacillin, amoxicillin/clavulanic acid (Augmentin), cefuroxime by mouth (Ceftin), cephalexin, sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim), amoxicillin (Amoxil), nafcillin, cefuroxime (Zinacef), piperacillin/tazobactam (Zosyn), ampicillin/sulbactam (Unasyn), vancomycin, and ceftriaxone (Rocephin).

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/21/2017

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