Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that displays itself with a redness, rash or warm and tender feel. Most commonly found on the lower legs, it can develop within just 24 hours or several days on nearly any area of the body where skin has been broken or cracked, such as with a cut, scrape or bug bite.
Cellulitis, by medical explanation, is an inflammation of connective tissue with severe inflammation of dermal and subcutaneous layers. The condition is caused by skin flora or bacteria but with the proper diagnosis and treatment, symptoms will disappear in less than one week.
A dermatologist can diagnose the severity of Cellulitis by examining the affected area. Most often, 10-14 days of a prescribed antibiotic will make symptoms disappear.
In mild cases, a topical ointment such as Mupirocin, or oral antibiotics, such as Flucloxacillin, Ampicillin/Amoxicillin or Penicillin is prescribed. Hyperbaric Oxygen may also be administered, though it is not readily available in many areas.
More severe cases of Cellulitis may likely require intravenous medications, such as Nafcillin, Levofloxacin or Cephalosporin, that can be easily administered by a physician.
In addition to the proper medication or IV therapy, cleaning, bandaging and rest of the affected area is most effective in the cure of Cellulitis.
People with medical conditions, such as Diabetes, that weaken the immune system are particularly susceptible to Cellulitis.