If you have symptoms of cellulitis (redness, swelling, heat, and soreness in a limited area), you should speak to your doctor right away so that you can get antibiotics to treat the infection. You should take all of the antibiotics that the doctor prescribes, even if you are feeling better after a few days. After the infection has been cleared, make sure that you keep all cuts on your skin clean and covered so that you will not get cellulitis again.
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If you have cellulitis, follow your doctor's instructions about medicine and skin care. Other steps to help your recovery and keep cellulitis from coming back include the following:
- Take all of your medicine as prescribed.
- Take care of your skin. Any measure that prevents injury to your skin will help to prevent cellulitis. Use moisturizers to keep your skin from becoming dry and cracked.
- Elevate your affected leg or arm to reduce swelling.
- Apply warm compresses to the affected area.
- Use pain relievers as needed.
- Use support stockings to prevent fluid buildup.
- Take steps to treat or prevent fungal infections, such as athlete's foot. If athlete's foot is hard to treat or recurs, ask your doctor about oral antifungal medicines.
- Take care of your feet, especially if you have diabetes or other conditions that may increase the risk of infection.
- Avoid touching possible sources of infection, such as ill family members and their belongings; raw fish, meat or poultry; or soil, particularly when you have an area of broken skin.
One study found that inflammation caused by toes rubbing together (toe-web intertrigo) may be a cause of cellulitis in the leg. This study showed that treating this skin inflammation could prevent cellulitis.
When you have completed your course of medicine, follow up with your doctor to verify that the infection is gone.
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