Cellulitis and Foot CareMonday, September 30th, 2013, 5:26 pm
Cellulitis is a skin infection that can manifest itself anywhere on the skin. Signs of cellulitis include redness of the skin sometimes streaking toward the groin, pain and swelling or induration. Although it can appear on any area of skin, it most commonly develops on the lower leg and on feet. If cellulitis is left untreated, it can spread through the blood-stream and become life-threatening.
Let’s take a closer look at this condition, and how it may affect your foot health.
- How does cellulitis develop? Cellulitis can develop due to several factors. Most commonly, it develops due to sores, cuts, or insect bites on skin, and ingrown toe nails. Issues such as eczema, psoriasis, or fungal infections such as Athlete’s Foot can also lead to the development of cellulitis.
- What are some symptoms of the condition? Some symptoms include fever, redness or tenderness on skin, and swollen glands. Foot pains are a common symptom as well. In many cases, severe blistering occurs on top of the affected area due to swelling.
- Am I at risk for cellulitis? Cellulitis most commonly develops in areas where your skin has been broken or cut, though people with medical conditions such as diabetes are at greater risk for developing it. In addition, people with chronic leg swelling (edema) and people who are undergoing chemotherapy are prone to developing cellulitis.
- How can you treat cellulitis? Treatment will be determined by your doctor, who can examine the skin in the affected area and order blood work to properly diagnose the infection. In most cases, cellulitis is treated with antibiotics to eradicate bacteria causing the infection. If severe, your doctor may recommend admission to the hospital for IV (intravenous) antibiotics.
- How long does it take cellulitis to disappear? It depends on the individual patient and the severity of the infection. Many patients respond well to oral antibiotics within just a few days. For some patients, the condition may be resistant to oral antibiotics and these cases may require admission to the hospital to receive IV antibiotics to treat their needs.
Cellulitis and Foot Care Treatment in Las Vegas
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