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1. What are the signs and symptoms of cellulitis?
The signs and symptoms of cellulitis can be ascertained by the presence of inflammation of skin involving pain, tenderness, redness of the affected area and warmth. The skin rashes spread quickly, thereby making the skin tight and swollen (with or without fever). The severe cases of cellulitis include lethargy, drowsiness and abscess.
2. How is cellulitis diagnosed?
Cellulitis is diagnosed by conducting a physical examination on the affected skin area (showing swelling, redness and warmth).
3. What are the self-care tips managing cellulitis?
The self-care tips to manage cellulitis are cleaning the wounded (cut) area properly and to reduce swelling, one must keep the affected part at an elevated position.
4. Can cellulitis lead to any complications?
The primary complication arising due to cellulitis is recurrent cellulitis (which damages the lymphatic system, further leading to causing chronic swelling). If cellulitis is left untreated and there is a spread of infection leading to necrotising fascitis, then it becomes a case of medical emergency.
5. What medicines are commonly prescribed for treating cellulitis?
Oral antibiotics are prescribed for five to ten days based on the individual’s condition after a thorough examination by the doctor.