Treatment Options for Cellulitis

Following are the treatment options for Cellulitis : 

SELF CARE

Provide rest to the affected area. Elevate the affected area it will decrease swelling and will provide comfort. One may use acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) to lessen the pain.
 
MEDICAL TREATMENT

One should go for medical check up if the infection is too severe to be treated at home.The doctor will recommend some antibiotics.Usually, doctors prescribe a drug that is effective against both streptococci and staphylococci. An example is cephalexin (Keflex).You have to for recheck with your doctor one to two days after starting an antibiotic, which you will have to take for about 10 days.In case if the infection is uncontrollable, extensive, or in an important area, like the face then hospitalization is recommended. In most of these cases, IV (intervenous) antibiotics need to be given until the infection is under control and then one can go for oral medications.



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