Red, Hot, And Itchy: The Signs You Have Cellulitis
🦶We review What cellulitis, cellulitis symptoms, treatment & when to worry about cellulitis of the leg, foot & toe!🦶
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Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection that can occur anywhere on the body, including the feet. It is referred to as a foot infection when it affects the foot. Cellulitis typically occurs when bacteria enter the skin through a break or crack, such as a cut, blister, or an area of dry, cracked skin.
Here are some critical points about cellulitis and foot infections:
Symptoms: The affected area may appear red and swollen and feel warm. It can be painful and tender. Other symptoms may include fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes.
Common causes: The most common bacteria that cause cellulitis and foot infections are Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. However, other bacteria or even fungi can also be responsible.
Risk factors: Certain factors increase the risk of cellulitis and foot infections. These include having a weakened immune system, diabetes, a history of skin conditions (such as athlete’s foot), peripheral artery disease, and foot injuries.
Treatment: Prompt treatment is necessary to prevent the infection from spreading. The primary treatment usually involves oral antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the infection. In severe cases, hospitalization may be required for intravenous antibiotics.
Self-care measures: Along with medical treatment, some self-care steps can help manage cellulitis and foot infections. These include keeping the affected foot elevated to reduce swelling, applying warm compresses to alleviate pain, and keeping the area clean and dry.
Complications: If left untreated, cellulitis and foot infections can lead to complications. The infection can spread to the lymph nodes or bloodstream, causing a condition called sepsis, a medical emergency. It can also lead to abscess formation or the spread of bacteria to other parts of the body.
Prevention: To reduce the risk of cellulitis and foot infections, it is essential to maintain good foot hygiene. This includes regularly washing the feet, moisturizing skin, and promptly treating any cuts or wounds. For individuals with diabetes, proper foot care and regular inspections are crucial.
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Dr. Tomasz Biernacki received his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine in 2013; he completed his Surgical Reconstructive Foot Surgery & Podiatric Medicine Residency in 2017; he completed 2 separate traveling Fellowships in Diabetic Surgery, Skin Grafting & Nerve Surgery. He is double board certified in Podiatric Medicine and separately in Foot & Ankle Surgery. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” about himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Biernacki is a licensed podiatrist in Michigan. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Biernacki and you. It would be best if you did not change your health regimen or diet before consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions regarding a medical condition.