Common Symptoms of Cellulitis That Shouldn't Be Ignored

If you work in an environment where accidents are more likely to occur, it’s important to take extra precautions, even with your personal hygiene. Work environments with lots of dirt, dust, grime, or the potential for fire increase the risk of an accident in which you’re wounded or burned. Bacteria, which are present everywhere, can seep into a cut, puncture wound, or burn and cause cellulitis, a skin infection that can also burrow into layers of tissue under the surface.

In addition to increased susceptibility to cellulitis from the dangers of your work environment, your body may be vulnerable to cellulitis from a pre-existing condition. If you have any of the following, you may be more at risk:

Additionally, if you do have any surface cuts or wounds, you should avoid places where bacteria thrive, such as public pools and hot tubs, as well as many larger, natural bodies of water, like rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Cellulitis symptoms

Cellulitis has definite symptoms that you shouldn’t ignore. As with other serious infections, if cellulitis is left untreated, it can spread through the entire body and require hospitalization. It can even lead to a bone infection or gangrene. In short, untreated cellulitis can be life-threatening; bacteria can spread through your bloodstream quickly.

Here are a few common signs of a cellulitis infection:

If you show any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Sarfraz A. Choudhary at Infectious Diseases Tropical Medicine and Travel Clinic right away.

If the symptoms above are accompanied by blistering or red streaks on the skin or feelings of extreme drowsiness or lethargy, seek help immediately, as these are signs that the infection may be spreading.

How to prevent cellulitis

As with many medical conditions, prevention is key. If you cut yourself or develop any type of wound, wash the area and apply antibiotic ointment as soon as possible. Cover the injury with a bandage, and change the bandage at least once a day. Check regularly to make sure the wound isn’t draining pus.

If you work in an environment teeming with dirt, grime, mud, or chemicals, or if you have a health condition that places you at an increased risk of infection, make personal hygiene a priority. Here are a few tips to keep harmful bacteria at bay:

If you suspect you have a skin infection, get it treated promptly so that it doesn’t spread. Call or book an appointment online with the Infectious Diseases Tropical Medicine and Travel Clinic in Lansdowne, Virginia.

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