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Cellulitis Treatment Overview

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Care Plan

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First steps to consider

  • If you have cellulitis—a red, swollen, painful area of your skin—you should see your healthcare provider right away for treatment, which usually includes antibiotics.
  • While waiting for an appointment, you can relieve pain by taking OTC pain medication and, if the skin infection is on a limb, keeping it elevated.

Emergency Care

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Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Severe pain
  • Blistering of the skin
  • Color change of the skin to a purple brown color

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