If you have
cellulitis, follow your doctor's instructions about
medicine and skin care. Other steps to help your recovery and keep cellulitis
from coming back include the following:
Take all of your medicine as
Take care of your skin. Any measure that prevents
injury to your skin will help to prevent cellulitis. Use moisturizers to keep your skin from becoming dry and cracked.
affected leg or arm to reduce swelling.
Apply warm compresses to
the affected area.
Use pain relievers as needed.
support stockings to prevent fluid buildup.
Take steps to treat or
prevent fungal infections, such as
athlete's foot. If athlete's foot is hard to treat or
recurs, ask your doctor about oral antifungal medicines. For more information
on treating this condition, see the topic
Take care of your feet,
especially if you have
diabetes or other conditions that may increase the
risk of infection.
Avoid touching possible sources of infection,
such as ill family members and their belongings; raw fish, meat, or poultry; or
soil, particularly when you have an area of broken skin.
One study found that inflammation caused by toes rubbing
together (toe-web intertrigo) may be a cause of cellulitis in the leg. This
study showed that treating this skin inflammation could prevent
When you have completed your
course of medicine, follow up with your doctor to verify that the infection is