Diagnosing and Treating Leg Cellulitis
Treating Leg Cellulitis
Treatment for leg cellulitis is aimed at healing the affected area and any underlying conditions that may increase the likelihood of a recurrence. Specific treatment options include medications and recurrence prevention.
Antibiotics are usually the first line of treatment, so tell your doctor if you are allergic to penicillin. During treatment for leg cellulitis, you should keep the affected leg elevated and use cold compresses to help reduce pain. However, 50 percent of people who receive treatment experience a recurrence of leg cellulitis. If this happens, your healthcare provider may prescribe antibiotics for a longer period of time.