Cellulitis

ExitCare ImageCellulitis is an infection of the skin and the tissue under the skin. The infected area is usually red and tender. This happens most often in the arms and lower legs.

HOME CARE

  • Take your antibiotic medicine as told. Finish the medicine even if you start to feel better.

  • Keep the infected arm or leg raised (elevated).

  • Put a warm cloth on the area up to 4 times per day.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Keep all doctor visits as told.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You feel very sleepy.

  • You throw up (vomit) or have watery poop (diarrhea).

  • You feel sick and have muscle aches and pains.

  • You see red streaks on the skin coming from the infected area.

  • Your red area gets bigger or turns a dark color.

  • Your bone or joint under the infected area is painful after the skin heals.

  • Your infection comes back in the same area or different area.

  • You have a puffy (swollen) bump in the infected area.

  • You have new symptoms.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.