Cellulitis is a localized or diffuse inflammation of connective tissue with severe inflammation of dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin. Cellulitis can be caused by normal skin flora or by exogenous bacteria, and often occurs where the skin has previously been broken: cracks in the skin, cuts, blisters, burns, insect bites, surgical wounds, intravenous drug injection or sites of intravenous catheter insertion. Skin on the face or lower legs is most commonly affected by this infection, though cellulitis can occur on any part of the body.
Bacteria, most commonly streptococci or staphylococci groups, get under the skin and cause infection. Streptococci and staphylococci groups are commonly found on the surface of the skin and cause no harm - but if they get under the skin they can.
The bacteria may also enter by some other route, such as through the blood or lymphatic system. This is most likely if no potential entry route can be identified on the skin of the patient.
Although symptoms may appear in any part of the body, the legs are most commonly affected. The affected area will become:
- Tender, inflamed
Some patients may have blisters. The infected person may also have a fever, chills, nausea, and he/she may shiver.
Swollen lymph glands - these may become tender. If the cellulitis has affected the patient's leg the lymph glands in the groin will be tender.
This reddened skin or rash may signal a deeper, more serious infection of the inner layers of skin. Once below your skin, the bacteria can spread rapidly throughout your body, entering your lymph nodes and your bloodstream. Recurrent episodes of cellulitis may actually damage the lymphatic drainage system and cause chronic swelling of the affected extremity.
In rare cases, the infection can spread to the deep layer of tissue called the fascial lining. Flesh-eating strep, also called necrotizing fasciitis, is an example of a deep-layer infection. It represents an extreme emergency.
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat Cellulitis but also to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility.
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