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Doctors and patients can work together to diagnose and treat cellulitis. PlushCare makes it easy to have a video consultation with one of our doctors who can talk to you about your symptoms and prescribe you the appropriate medication. Then, simply pick up your prescription from your local pharmacy!
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Cellulitis tends to affect only one side of the body. Common symptoms include red skin, swelling, tenderness, pain, warmth, fever, rash that grows quickly, red spots, blisters, a pus-filled abscess in the middle of the affected area, and dimpling of the skin. Serious signs of cellulitis that indicate spreading may include the following symptoms: shaking, chills, fatigue, dizziness, muscle aches, feeling lightheaded, sweating, lethargy, and red streaks.
Cellulitis usually only affects the surface of the skin, however damage to the tissue underneath is possible if steps towards treatment are not taken. When cellulitis enters your bloodstream it can become life threatening. If you are experiencing any of these severe symptoms, you should seek immediate medical treatment.
Possible causes of cellulitis include surgical incisions, burns, puncture wounds, animal bites, skin rashes and itching. You’re more likely to catch cellulitis if you have a skin condition like athlete’s foot or eczema. These conditions make it easier for bacteria to enter the skin through cracks they may cause. A weakened immune system also increases your likelihood of infection as the bacteria stand a better chance of surviving and multiplying.
Cellulitis usually isn’t contagious, but the infection can spread from the skin to the bloodstream and lymph nodes. This is a potentially life-threatening complication so prompt treatment is crucial.
Some home remedies to relieve your symptoms include cleaning the skin around your infection and elevating your legs to drain the blood away from the point of infection. For more severe cases of cellulitis, your doctor may want to use IV antibiotics or intramuscular antibiotics. You might require this type of antibiotic treatment because you have other medical problems or are in a high-risk category such as infants and the elderly.
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