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Everything You Want to Know about Successful Treatment of Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a typical bacterial infection that can take a serious turn very fast. It affects the skin by causing pain, inflammation and redness. According to Dr Ramia Mokbel, a leading dermatologist in London who is also associated with Clear Skin Clinic at Hayley Street in Marylebone, the infection is triggered when the bacteria gets into your body. Broken and tampered skin allows these bacteria to enter the body.

Based on years of hands-on experience in cellulitis treatment in London at the Clear Skin Clinic, the doctor says that the infection can affect any region of your body although the lower legs are most susceptible. This is because the lower legs which include the palms of the feet usually bear cuts and scrapes resulting from normal wear and tear.

Different types of cuts and injuries to the skin can allow the bacteria that causes cellulitis to enter into your skin include the following:

  • Animal bites
  • Surgical incisions
  • Puncture wounds
  • Skin conditions like eczema
  • Burns

If the infection penetrates into your bloodstream, it usually turns life-threatening. You must see a doctor immediately if you suspect of being affected by cellulitis.

There is no point trying to cure the infection using home remedies without seeking proper medical intervention.

How to detect cellulitis:

It is already mentioned earlier that cellulitis progresses very fast. Therefore the earlier it is detected, the easier it becomes for the treatment to work and recover from. Initially, after the infection affects you, you may feel a little pain, tenderness and overall inconvenience.

In the course of next few hours, certain symptoms will present themselves like:

  • The skin in the affected area is unusually warm to touch
  • Blisters
  • Dimpling in the skin
  • Redness of the skin, which expands at a fast rate

At this stage there is no point delaying to see a doctor – preferably a dermatology specialist. In severe cases, patients can suffer from chills, fever and other flu-like symptoms.

Treatment for cellulitis:

The treatment of this skin infection varies from case to case depending on the severity of the infection.

When you develop the typical cellulitis symptoms other than fever, a primary care doctor is most likely to tackle the problem. However, you should go to the doctor and get the treatment started within 24 hours of first experiencing the symptoms.

If you develop a fever along with other cellulitis symptoms, you should better see a specialist on urgent basis at any big health facility centre.

If the infection is at its early stages, doctors prescribe a course of oral antibiotics. You should complete the full course of the medicine under any circumstance.

In more severe cases or advanced stages of the infection, patients are administered intravenous antibiotics for a faster effect. In such condition, you may also be admitted to a hospital for a few days to prevent the infection from entering into your bloodstream.

Home remedies that help:

Cellulitis is cured by antibiotic medications that only a qualified doctor can prescribe. But as you recover, there are certain things you can try out at home to minimise your discomfort like:

  • Keeping the wounds covered – Properly cover the affected areas of the skin for faster healing and preventing irritation. Your doctor can guide you on properly dressing the wounds. Make sure to change the bandage regularly.
  • Keeping the affected skin parts clean and hygienic – You are again dependent on your doctor to guide you on keeping the affected regions of the skin clean.
  • Avoid swelling – Leave your leg on a higher surface to minimise the chances of swelling. This way you also keep the pain under control.
  • Apply a cool compress – Soak a clean washcloth in cool water and mildly rub the hot and painful skin areas with it. But you should avoid applying the chemical ice pack as this can further cause irritation to your already damaged skin.
  • Pain-killers available over the counters – It is okay trying out normal painkillers that are available over the counters at chemist shops. Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory pills like ibuprofen or naproxen prove effective to minimise both pain and inflammation.

In majority of cellulitis cases, either skin conditions like eczema or athlete’s foot is found to be the underlying cause. It is important to treat the underlying cause as well for fast recovery from cellulitis. Once the antibiotic medication starts, the symptoms disappear within 48 hours and you will begin to feel much better. It is important to continue with your medicines as per your doctor’s instructions till the prescribed course is complete.

If you stop taking the medicines and do not complete the full course, the symptoms are more likely to reappear and then the antibiotics may not prove so effective.

Why proper medical treatment is necessary:

When you do not take the right antibiotic course, the cellulitis infection can spread beyond the skin. This is a dangerous condition and can also put your life at risk. The cellulitis bacteria can invade into the lymph nodes and get into your bloodstream. At this stage you are at the risk of suffering from blood poisoning – a condition that can terminate your life.

In absence of proper and thorough treatment, the infection is also known to relapse. Repeated cellulitis can permanently damage the lymph nodes. Lymph nodes have a crucial role in upholding your natural immune system.
In severe cases the infection spreads to the deep layers of your muscles and organs and this condition is called nectorising fasciitis. In common terms it is also known as the flesh-eating disease. These patients have to undergo multiple surgeries to remove the dead tissues from the affected body parts.

Clear Skin Clinic is a safe and reliable place to get properly treated for cellulitis in London. You can search us online by using strings like “private dermatology clinic near me” from anywhere in London. We are located at Harley Street in Marylebone.