Call your doctor if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of
B. Redness on the skin
C. Red streaks from skin
D. Increased warmth in the affected area
G. Drainage from the skin
Go to the hospital's emergency department if you have any signs or symptoms of
cellulitis, especially the following:
B. Nausea and vomiting
C. Obvious enlargement or hardening of the reddened area
D. Increasing pain
E. Numbness of the reddened or tender area when lightly touched
F. Other medical problems that may be affected by even a minor infection
Rest the area of the body involved.
Elevate the area of the body involved. This will help decrease swelling and
Use over-the-counter pain relievers such as
(Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin). This will decrease the pain as well as help
keep the fever down.
It is very important to keep your skin clean by practicing good personal hygiene.
If you notice pain or discomfort from an area of the skin, check to see what it
looks like. If it appears inflamed and progresses from one day to the next, you
will most likely need treatment.
Avoid situations that may injure your skin, especially if you have swelling from
Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes or slippers with loose-fitting cotton socks.
Avoid walking barefoot in areas where you do not have a good idea about what you
are walking on, for example, in garages, on a littered beach, or in the woods.
If you do injure your skin, wash the area with soap and water and check to make
sure that the injury is getting better over the next several days.
Certain injuries may be at greater risk for infection than others. You may need
to take antibiotics to prevent infection or have other preventive care. Be sure
to contact your doctor if you have injuries such as these:
i. Animal or human bites
ii. Puncture injuries deeper than a half-inch, such as stepping on a
iii. Crushed tissue that bleeds, burns that blister, frostbite, or deep
injuries with dirt in them
iv. Injuries in contact with sea water
Find out if you have
other significant medical conditions, such as liver or kidney disease. These
conditions may be present without symptoms. Follow your doctor's instructions
for management of these conditions.
Talk to your doctor if you have swelling in your limbs that does not go away.
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