How To Beat Cellulitis: Antibiotic Treatment and Pain Relief

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There are 3 different ways to induce cellulitis treatment antibiotics into patient’s body. Oral, topical (skin applied) and intravenous (IV) style may be used to treat this medical condition of skin and soft tissue. The extend of the infection and its position determin what type of antibiotic treatment will be applied.


Types of antibiotic treatment

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Oral treatment is made of antibiotics except penicillin or similar medications (such as dicloxacillin).  For individuals who have an allergy to penicillin, erythromycin, cephalosporin or vancomycin is recommended.

Topical antibiotics are used in mild cases, they are usually applied on the affected skin area and generally used to treat mild to moderate cellulitis infection.

Intravenous antibiotics (IV). Here the antibiotics used are levofloxacin, nafcillin or cephalosporin. They are usually treating  severe or orbital cellulitis cases.

Treatment with pills will  free cellulitis inflammation,  after about 7-10 days. The infected area responds quickly to antibiotics and you will feel the relief quickly. You will notice that the skin initially becomes red, but this is only a part-time skin response which is normal. The red should start to fade within 2 days.

In case symptoms worsen in the following 48 hours upon taking the pills , or if the symptoms such as high temperature and vomiting start to appear, contact your doctor promptly.

Curing the cellulitis with antibiotics is the only way to fight this potentially serious infection.

Here are some pills that are usually prescribed, take note that the name may vary from country to country.


  •  penicillins (such are Wycillin, Bicillin, Pen Vee, V-Cillin)
  • erythromycin (such are E-Mycin, Ery-Tab)
  • cephalexin (such are Keflex ,Biocef)
  • cloxacillin (such as Tegopen)


 How To Deal With The Pain

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Unfortunately, the pain is something that appears with cellulitis. Here’s what you need to do: during the treatment for the lower leg cellulitis it’s recommended to keep the leg raised (patient’s foot must be higher than its hip in order to reduce swelling which eases the pain) as long as possible.

Medicines for pain relief like ibuprofen and paracetamol are acceptable. If the patient had stomach troubles in the past (such as peptic ulcer or similar), or asthma – ibuprofen should not to be taken.

Aspirin is not recommended too. The best thing to do is to ask your doctor as soon as he prescribes the drugs that you will use for treatment.

Soaking in warm water helps also to relieve the pain and aid the healing process. Soak a clean cloth in warm water, wring it out a little, and apply it to the affected area. Re soak the cloth often to keep it warm. Hold it for about one hour and repeat the soaking again couple of times during the day.

If we use IV antibiotics drugs for cellulitis treatment that will usually take 3-5 days. After this type of treatment, patients will continue the treatment with orally induced antibiotics for the rest of their curing period.

Even if your skin looks healed, do not stop the treatment before you consult with your doctor or the disease may return.

Also, do not forget to ask your doctor to perform test in order to see if you are allergic to a certain type of antibiotics used for the cellulitis treatment.