What are the treatments for the infection?
For mild, superficial infections, oral antibiotics, such as cephalexin or
dicloxacillin, are often used. Over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can
be used as needed to relieve discomfort. For more severe infections,
individuals may need intravenous (IV) antibiotics, such as oxacillin or
Cellulitis may get worse even with treatment, especially in people with
diabetes. In these cases,
more aggressive treatment may be needed. This may include surgery to remove
dead skin or even bone.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Antibiotics and over-the-counter
pain medications may cause upset stomach, rash, or allergic reactions. Surgery may cause
bleeding, new infections, or allergic
What happens after treatment for the infection?
In most cases, cellulitis goes away after treatment. If treatment is
successful, people can usually return to normal activities.
How is the infection monitored?
The healthcare provider will examine the area of cellulitis regularly to assess
healing. In some cases, special X-ray tests may be used if a deeper infection
is suspected. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the