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Diagnosing and Treating Perianal Cellulitis

Diagnosing Perianal Cellulitis

In cases of perianal cellulitis, diagnosis begins with the doctor asking a number of questions and reviewing the patient's medical history. This is usually followed by a physical exam and blood tests.
 
However, perianal cellulitis can look like other medical conditions, which can make diagnosis of the infection difficult. Other conditions that may cause symptoms similar to those seen with perianal cellulitis include:
 
 
Doctors will take these medical conditions into consideration prior to making a perianal cellulitis diagnosis.
 

Treatment Options

The goal of treatment for perianal cellulitis is to treat the affected area and any underlying conditions that would increase the chance of a recurrence.
 
Doctors will prescribe antibiotics to treat perianal cellulitis, which can be given orally or topically. Topical antibiotics can provide rapid relief from symptoms of perianal cellulitis.
 
Up to 40 percent of people who receive perianal treatment will experience a recurrence. Therefore, doctors may prescribe antibiotics for up to 18 months for those who continue to get perianal cellulitis.
 

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