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Cellulitis is Treated with Antibiotics
CELLULITIS, and similar infections, are frequent complications of lymphedema. These infections must be treated promptly to prevent the infection from spreading, and to minimize any further tissue damage.
Untreated infections including
can trigger a systemic inflammatory response known as sepsis.
SEPSIS is an illness in which the body has a severe response to bacteria and other germs. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of this condition is important because one-third of people who get sepsis die from it.
As lymphedema progresses without proper treatment, cellulitis infections can become more frequent and increasingly difficult to treat.
INFECTION SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Cellulitis is an infection of the skin characterized by
There may be red streaks along the lymphatic vessels near the surface of the skin plus:
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CELLULITIS ANNOUNCES LYMPHEDEMA
A cellulitis infection is often the first sign that someone has developed lymphedema. This is particularly true after breast cancer treatment.
OTHER FORMS OF LYMPHEDEMA RELATED INFECTIONS
Many experts consider cellulitis and erysipelas are considered to be different presentations of the same condition .
Prompt treatment is essential in minimizing the risk of sepsis
and to prevent damage to the lymphatic vessels that will make lymphedema worse.
ANTIBIOTICS FOR CELLULITIS
For uncomplicated Streptococcus Group A infections the following antibiotics are effective and frequently utilized:
Facial cellulitis should be treated aggressively for MRSA until bacterial sensitivity information is available. These antibiotics are frequently used:
Cellulitis usually goes away with antibiotic treatment for 7-10 days. Longer treatment may be needed if cellulitis is more severe, drug resistant, or if your immune system is not working properly.
In order to reduce the risk of recurring infections:
If you have more than three episodes of cellulitis in a year, ask your health care provider if your situation warrants using suppressive antibiotics.
@ Lymph Notes 2014. The advice of a physician should be considered over the information presented in this article.
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