Urgent Care for Cellulitis
Cellulitis is a serious infection that typically affects both the skin and underlying tissue that requires immediate medical attention. It can be especially problematic in those with lowered resistance to infection. If treatment is postponed or avoided, a life-threatening infection may result.
What Causes Cellulitis?
Cellulitis typically results from bacteria entering the body via a cut or sore. Strep and staph bacteria are common culprits, which are often found on the surface of the skin and can easily enter via puncture, animal bite or other forms of injury. Orbital cellulitis affects the tissues (muscle and fat) around the eyes and can occur when bacteria enters the eye socket tissues (usually from the sinuses). This is a serious condition, in which the infection can spread to the bloodstream and result in life-threatening complications.
What are the Symptoms of Cellulitis?
Though it can occur anywhere on the body, cellulitis typically affects the arms, legs and face. Symptoms may include:
- Skin that’s Warm to the Touch
- Swollen Glands or Lymph Nodes
- Discharge / Drainage
Be sure to contact your treatment provider in the case of any of the following symptoms:
- Fever Over 102 F
- Severe Pain
- Extreme Weakness
- Red Streaking from the Origin of the Wound
Diagnosing & Treating Cellulitis
Diagnosis of cellulitis usually occurs based upon medical history coupled with a thorough physical examination. A treating provider may take blood or skin samples (wound cultures) to rule out or confirm the presence of bacteria, which can help to pinpoint the most effective form of treatment.
Depending upon the nature and severity of the condition, cellulitis may be treated via either oral or intravenous (IV) antibiotics. It should not be expected to resolve on its own and can actually spread rather quickly if left untreated.
Erysipelas more commonly affects children and older adults, while cellulitis more commonly affects middle age and older adults—erysipelas can have the classic “butterfly” appearance for children on the face. While doxycycline is commonly prescribed to treat cellulitis, it should be avoided in pregnant women and children under the age of 8 years old. Additional screening of patient allergies may be necessary before prescribing antibiotics.
Do you have Cellulitis? Visit a ConvenientMD Location in NH, ME or MA Today!
Cellulitis is a serious matter, and one that should never go ignored. If not treated, it can lead to infection of the blood, loss of limbs and even death. ConvenientMD is well-equipped to diagnose and treat cellulitis, and we can develop a treatment plan based upon your needs.
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