Is cellulitis treatment really necessary?

November 12, 2012

Is cellulitis treatment really necessary?

Cellulitis is a condition of the epidermis; caused by micro bacteria it may also affect the deeper skin layers and even the lymph nodes. Cellulitis is easily contracted through a minor injury to the skin and whilst it usually affects the legs it may also occur on the hands, face and head.

Cellulitis is caused by the bacteria streptococcus or staphylococcus aureus entering the bloodstream through a break in the skin. MRSA is a form of cellulitis that is particularly dangerous due to its resistance to antibiotics.

Prescription medication

Cellulitis treatment usually begins by taking a course of antibiotics prescribed by your medical practitioner. An improvement in the condition should be seen within three days although, no matter how great the improvement, it is essential to complete the course of antibiotics which may take up to fourteen days depending on the prescription. A broad spectrum antibiotic is usually prescribed which should deal with the effects of both streptococci and staphylococci.

If symptoms persist, with no visible improvement, and a high fever develops it may be necessary to seek further medical help as intravenous antibiotics may be required.

Vitamin supplements

Some research indicates that the use of vitamin supplements is beneficial in cellulitis treatment. Specifically a daily dose of 1000 mg Vitamin C and up to 800 IU of Vitamin E daily is thought to enhance the healing process. Whilst vitamins at this dose are readily available as over the counter preparations, it is still essential to consult with your medical practitioner before taking them in order to reduce the possibility of any side effects.


Zinc is known to promote a healthy immune system which in turn will fight and prevent any bacterial infection, using a zinc supplement may be beneficial in both cellulitis treatment and prevention. Zinc is also known to promote good health in the epidermis and mucus membranes.


Flavonoids are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables as well tea and red wine; these same foods are also high in antioxidants which have many known health benefits. Flavonoids are thought to reduce the risk of cellulitis developing by improve the drainage of lymph glands.


The use of herbal remedies in cellulitis treatment is very popular. Echinacea is a popular organic antibiotic believed to improve immune system function. Echinacea is available as a tablet, a tincture or a cream. It should not be used for long periods of time as this tends to reduce its efficiency.


Goldenseal has many beneficial properties making it useful in treating many conditions – not just in cellulitis treatment. With its antiseptic characteristics goldenseal works well when used as a topical paste for any infection of the skin.


Calendula is a natural herb popularly used in the treatment of minor cuts, burns, and infections of the skin. Studies indicate that topical use of calendula increases the rate of wound healing possibly due to the boost it provides to blood circulation around the wound.


Homeopathic therapy is extremely popular however it should never be used exclusively in cellulitis treatment. It may well be that homeopathic remedies such as the use of sulfur, apis mellifica or rhus toxicodendron, have some benefits but they should be used alongside conventional treatment for what is, potentially, a life threatening illness.


Whilst there is no evidence to suggest that acupuncture has any benefits in treating cellulitis it may strengthen the immune system and, like homeopathy, may be beneficial when used in conjunction with conventional treatments.


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