What is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection that happens in the deep layers of the skin, fatty layer and the soft tissues underneath. It is potentially serious condition and the infected area presents with symptoms like swelling, redness, excessive pain with tenderness and warmth on touch. This redness and swelling can spread very quickly in area. It mostly affects the skin of the lower legs but can also affect face, arms and other body parts.
Some bacterias live naturally on the outer skin surface and usually cause no harm. However, if these bacterias enter the body through any crack, break, cuts or grazes they may cause severe infections. If these infections are left untreated, they may spread through lymph nodes and blood stream and become life threatening. In more serious cases there can be very rapid spread of infection leading to sepsis. Cellulitis is non contagious and do not spread by touching from person to person.
Consulting the best homeopathic doctor at an early stage can prevent infection from spreading out in larger area, as well as give rapid relief in the presenting complaints.
Cellulitis occurs when the bacterias enter the skin surface through
- skin breaks
- surgical wounds
- Insect bites
- Puncture wounds
- An ulcer
- In conditions like dermatitis
- Dry, flaky skin, etc
Cellulitis most commonly happens due to staphylococcus and streptococcus bacterias. They are more common in lower legs, though may affect other body parts also.
Sign & Symptoms
Cellulitis mostly affects one side of the body and present with symptoms like-
- Redness and inflammation of the affected area
- Pain and tenderness
- Tight glossy, swollen skin
- Feeling of warmth in the affected area
- Skin dimpling
- An abscess with pus formation
More serious condition of cellulitis presents with symptoms like:
- Muscle aches
- Warm skin
If cellulitis is spreading further, it may present with symptoms like:
- Having blisters
- Red streaks, etc
If the condition is left untreated, it may damage the lymphatic drainage system and cause chronic swelling of the affected limb.
In rare conditions, infection can penetrate the deep layers of the tissue, which is known as fascial lining. This may lead to necrotising fasciitis, which is a medical emergency.
The factors that increase the risk of cellulitis are-
- Any injury on the skin, like cuts, fractures, puncture wounds, burns, scrapes, etc
- Certain diseases like diabetes, HIV, etc which can weaken the immunity system, also predispose a person to easy infections
- Certain medications, which again weaken the immune system like regular intake of steroids, etc
- Skin conditions such as eczema, shingles, athletes foot, etc which cause skin to break, can also lead to infections
- Lymphedema, which usually follows surgery
- Previous history of cellulitis increases the risk of having it again in future
Doctor can confirm the diagnosis by just looking on the skin. During physical examination doctor may observe symptoms like-
- Redness and swelling of the skin
- Warmth of the affected area
- Swollen glands
Doctor may suggest to go for some blood tests to rule out the possibility of other diseases. In some cases, he may ask for the blood sample to test the presence of bacteria in the blood.
Cellulitis Homeopathic Treatment
Homeopathic medicines can treat cellulitis completely. It can treat the symptoms in the most natural holistic way, with no chances of relapses in the future. Homeopathic medicines are also capable of dealing with any complications brought on in such medical conditions. Moreover, the homeopathic medicines do not allow the conditions to complicate and reach to life threatening states.
Reaching out to the best homeopathic doctor at the right time may save these conditions to happen, as homeopathic medicines have been known to boost up the immunity of the body by increasing the white blood cells, thus providing natural resistance toward any kind of infections.
Some commonly used homeopathic medicines for cellulitis are- belladonna, apis mellifica, lachesis, silicea, etc.