Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection that can cause redness, swelling, and tenderness, often leading to serious complications if not promptly treated. At Ava MD, our experienced dermatologists are skilled in diagnosing and managing cellulitis, providing effective treatment options to eliminate the infection and prevent recurrence. Using advanced antibiotics and comprehensive care plans tailored to your specific needs, we ensure rapid recovery and improved skin health. Learn more about how Ava MD can help you address and treat cellulitis with expert care and personalized attention, safeguarding your skin’s well-being and overall health.

What is Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that affects the deeper layers of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, and it has the potential to be quite serious when left untreated. It’s typically associated with bacteria such as Staphylococcus or Streptococcus entering the skin through a cut, wound, or insect bite.

Symptoms include:

  • Redness, swelling, and warms in the affected area
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Fever and chills
  • Skin dimpling or puckering

If left untreated, the infection can spread to the lymph nodes and bloodstream, which can rapidly become life-threatening. Since it can spread so quickly throughout the body, it’s important to identify and treat this condition early. Cellulitis can occur anywhere on the body but it is most commonly found on the lower leg.

You should seek emergency care if:

  • You have a tender, swollen rash
  • You have a rash that seems to worsen quickly
  • You have a fever

Risk factors include:

  • Injury
  • Weakened immune system
  • Skin conditions
  • Chronic swelling of the arms of legs
  • Being overweight
  • History of cellulitis

Schedule a consultation with Ava MD today to discuss your concerns and get expert care to treat and manage your cellulitis.

Treatments Options for Cellulitis

Your Ava MD provider will consider your age, overall health, and the severity of your condition when determining the appropriate treatment for you. Treatment options for cellulitis typically involve preventative antibiotics to prevent it and other infections from forming. Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics
    • Oral antibiotics: Oral antibiotics are typically prescribed to treat mild to moderate cases. They work to eliminate the bacterial infection and reduce inflammation.
    • Intravenous antibiotics: In severe cases or when oral antibiotics are not effective, intravenous antibiotics may be administered in a hospital setting.
  • Pain Management
    • Over the counter pain relievers: Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can relieve pain and discomfort associated with cellulitis.
  • Wound Care
    • Cleaning and dressing: Proper wound care, including cleaning the affected area with soap and water, and applying a clean, dry dressing, can prevent infection and promote healing.

Our dedicated team of dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating skin conditions like cellulitis. Schedule a consultation today to discuss your concerns, explore treatment options, and receive personalized care tailored to your needs.

Contact Us

Contact Ava MD today to start your journey towards healthier skin and better health. For more information on how we can help you, call us at 310-843-9915 (Beverly Hills) or 310-828-2282 (Santa Monica) and schedule a consultation with us today.