Have you ever had Cellulitis? I have had this illness a few times and it was scary. I always get it in my face. It causes my face to swell and there is a lot of pain involved.
So what is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a common skin infection that happens when bacteria spreads through the skin to deeper tissues. Most cases are mild and last several days to a couple of weeks. But cellulitis can sometimes progress to a more serious infection, causing severe illness that affects the whole body (sepsis) or other dangerous problems.
When I have had Cellulitis, it usually lasted for about a week. I don’t sleep well when I have it because it my face hurts when I lay against the pillow.
What causes Cellulitis?
I never knew what caused my Cellulitis. The swelling and tenderness would begin. I also run a low-grad fever. Here are some common causes for developing Cellulitis. Since Cellulitis is caused by bacteria, most often strep or staph, you can get infected after any event that causes a break in the skin, such as:
- A cut or bite
- A new tattoo or piercing
- Problems that cause skin breakdown, such as eczema, psoriasis, or a fungal infection like athlete’s foot
Sometimes cellulitis can occur even if there wasn’t an obvious break in the skin. This is what happened to me. I never had any cuts or anything I could identify as a place for the Cellulitis to begin.
What are the symptoms?
At first, the infected area will be:
- and tender.
If the infection spreads, you may have:
- a fever
- and swollen lymph nodes.
Cellulitis can occur anywhere on the body.
In adults, it often occurs on the:
In children, it is most common on the:
- face or
- around the anus
How is it diagnosed?
I only needed a routine exam at my doctors office to learn that I had Cellulitis. Other tests could have been done to find out what’s causing my symptoms and to rule out other problems. For example, the doctor may have ordered:
- blood tests
- an ultrasound
- or an imaging test such as a CT scan or an MRI.
How is it treated?
Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics.
To help with my recovery and to feel better:
- I made sure I took all of my medicine as prescribed. I didn’t stop taking it just because I felt and looked better. I know I need to take the full course of antibiotics.
- Use pain relievers as needed.
My doctor told me to call into the office if my symptoms worsened or if they didn’t started to improve within 48 hours (2 days) after I started taking the antibiotics.