Cellulitis Causes & Treatment
by Brandon Smith
Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection that has the potential to become life threatening if not treated. Two of the most common bacterias that cause cellulitis are streptococcus and staphylococcus. Some insects carry the bacteria, and can transmit cellulitis to humans through a bite.
Symptoms of cellulitis may include a cluster of red, itchy bumps that appear swollen and tender or warm to the touch.
The most common treatment for cellulitis is a prescription oral antibiotic such as Keflex. If the infection fails to clear up after taking oral antibiotics you may need stronger antibiotics.
In more severe cases of cellulitis, hospitalization may be required so that intravenous antibiotics can be administered.
Surgical treatment may be required in order to remove any infected tissue that is not cleared up after antibiotic treatment.
You may be able to prevent cellulitis by keeping any open wounds clean and covered until they have fully healed.