Have you experienced skin discomfort like warmth, redness, swelling, or pain? Are you wondering what exactly is bothering your skin? If you nodded along positively, you might be experiencing symptoms of cellulitis. So, you may be wondering what cellulitis is and what its early signs are, aren’t you? Keep reading to get answers to your questions.
What Is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection which causes inflammation of the subcutaneous connective tissue i.e. the deeper layers of the skin. It often appears as a red and swollen skin area which is painful and tender to touch. There may be an increased warmth in the affected area. Although the infection may affect any area of the body, it is most often observed affecting the legs.
Early Signs Of Cellulitis
Here are some common early signs of cellulitis that you should be aware of.
- Pain and tenderness
- Prevalence of rash along with the redness
- The tight, swollen shiny appearance of the affected area
- Feeling of warmth in the affected skin area
- Abscess or pus formation
- Skin dimpling
- Red Spots
There may be an obvious entry point for infection, such as an injury, wound, or broken ulcer.
Common Risk Factors Of Cellulitis
Here are some of the most common risk factors of cellulitis.
- Previous episodes of cellulitis
- An injury
- Leg ulceration
- Skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis.
Lymphoedema, diabetes, & obesity may also contribute to cellulitis.
Cellulitis in the legs may often be confused with allergic reactions, stasis dermatitis, or deep vein thrombosis.
Whenever the leg is affected, keep it elevated for comfort & to relieve the edema.
Self-Care Tips For Preventing Cellulitis:
Self-care can help the prevention of cellulitis. Here are some self-care tips for preventing cellulitis.
- Treat any breaks in the skin properly.
- Use moisturizers to prevent the dryness of the skin.
- Keep the wounds covered.
It is better to seek medical advice when a person experiences a high-grade fever with increased pain or numbness in the affected area.
Homeopathy can effectively manage cellulitis and is really helpful in preventing the recurrent attacks in the people, who have the tendency of experiencing recurrent cellulitis. It helps in alleviating the swelling, redness, and pain effectively and safely without any side-effects.
So, if you are suffering from cellulitis any time, count on homeopathy without a second thought and obtain great relief from it.
Written by Dr. Chetali Damania, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah