Treatment for Cellulitis

The aim of the treatments for cellulitis is to reduce the intensity of the infection, relieve pain and other cellulitis symptoms, heal the skin, speed up the recovery process, and prevent the infection from reoccurring. Treatment for children suffering from cellulitis depends on their age and the type of cellulitis they are suffering from. In general, some of the common treatments for cellulitis include:

  • Oral Antibiotics: Doctors usually recommend oral antibiotics to treat this infection, especially is it is restricted to a smaller area. If the infection is widespread or the recovery rate is slow, antibiotics may be injected or used intravenously to combat the infection.
  • Topical Antibiotics: Mild cases of cellulitis may even be treated with the help of topical antibiotics.
  • Limb Elevation: In the case of cellulitis of the extremities, doctors recommend elevating the affected limb to reduce the inflammation and swelling.
  • Hospitalization: This is usually recommended when the cellulitis is severe or causes other complications. Such patients need constant medical attention and it is therefore best for them to be hospitalized.