To make a decision about the correct medical treatment plan for cellulitis the doctors will need to assess the actual infection and find out about your medical history they will also need to know about your possible recent surgeries and any burns you may of suffered with. It is also important that the doctors are aware of any recent travels you have been on and especially the exposure to any bodies of water physical contact with any animals and bites that you may have experienced. They are many questions the doctors will ask in order to come to the right decision on treatment.
How to treat mild cases
If a person is suffering from milder symptoms of cellulitis then they can be treated as an outpatient. The doctors will give you either dicloxacillin, flucloxacillin, cephalexin, cefuroxime axetil, erythromycin, clindamycin or cotrimoxazole which are all oral medications that help against staphylococci and streptococci for immunocompetent hosts.
How to treat for severe patients
People that have been impassive to the usual antibiotics that are given orally or people that are very sick and people that are immunosuppressed and even those people that have cellulitis on the face should be helped with intravenous antibiotics in a hospital environment. If the individual has open sores then the best treatment method would be to use a cool sterile saline dressing. If an individual is allergic then the doctor may use clindamycin or vancomycin. If a patient has contracted cellulitis due to special circumstances for example a bite from an animal or even human then the treatment mentioned above will not help. The patient will need a more specific type of medication like tetracyclines, chloramphenicol or aminoglycosides.
Daptomycin is another medication that can be a good cost-effective substitute for complex skin infections on an individual. A study had verified the efficiency ofa medication called linezolid therapy and found it was more better-quality to the medication called vancomycin because it can handle skin infections and soft tissue infections counting cellulitis.Your doctor may want to use a topical antifungal medication if there is a fungal infection in the toes or feet when the episodes of cellulitis are recurrent.
If suppuration happened then the doctors will want to do an incision and followed by drainage.
People to see
See an infectious diseases specialist. Speak to a surgeon about drainage of the abscess. Consult your dentist about any facial cellulitis you may have. Lastly, see a critical care specialist for fear that of fast spreading infections.