More Info on Cellulitis
Research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely to develop the infection. Risk factors for this condition include:
- Problems with the lymphatic system
- Vein problems
- Swelling of the leg
- Breaks in the skin
A risk factor for the infection is not a cause of cellulitis; however, the risk factors listed above do increase a person's chance of developing the infection. People who think that they may be at risk should discuss this concern with their doctor.
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What Are the Symptoms?Symptoms can occur at the location of the infected skin (local symptoms) or on other parts of the body (systemic symptoms).
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Your doctor can make a diagnosis by:
- Asking questions (about things such as symptoms and medical history)
- Performing a physical exam
- Ordering blood tests.
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The goal of cellulitis treatment is to treat the affected area and any underlying conditions that may increase the likelihood of a reoccurrence. Specific treatment for cellulitis includes medications and recurrence prevention.
Treatment usually begins with antibiotics, so you should be sure to tell your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin. However, 50 percent of people who receive treatment experience a recurrence of the condition. Therefore, doctors may prescribe antibiotics for longer periods of time for those who continue to develop cellulitis.
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