Cellulitis Treatment Overview
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.
Go to the ER if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Severe pain
- Blistering of the skin
- Color change of the skin to a purple brown color
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