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Cellulitis Treatment, Orange County, CA

Cellulitis in Orange County

Urgent Care for Cellulitis in Orange County, CA

Cuts or breaks in the skin allowing bacteria to enter causes cellulitis, an infection of the skin and underlying tissue. While it’s a common infection, it can spread and cause severe health complications if not properly treated. At our urgent care centers in Orange County, CA, we can treat cellulitis on the hands, face, eyes, feet, arms, and anywhere else on the body with our personalized treatment and care. Our offices are located in Irvine, Fountain Valley, and Costa Mesa.

Highlights of Our Urgent Care Centers:

  • Open every day (our Costa Mesa facility to be open daily starting January 2022)
  • Online check-in facilities to skip wait times
  • On-site lab and X-ray facilities for instant diagnosis
  • Certified, well-trained, and experienced providers
  • Friendly and compassionate on-board staff
  • Virtual visits are available for easier follow-up care
  • Free parking
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Cellulitis Symptoms That Require a Medical Visit

With the onset of the condition, it is quite common to experience pain and tenderness, skin swelling, redness or red strikes, and blisters on the infection site. You can also experience warm skin, fever, chills, headaches, fatigue, and bruising.

Leaving these symptoms untreated can quickly spread the infection and cause severe symptoms, such as:

  • Dead tissue
  • Spread to the bloodstream

Seek immediate medical care if you are a diabetic or have a weakened immune system and experience any of these symptoms of cellulitis.

How Is Cellulitis Diagnosed?

We may perform these procedures for diagnosing cellulitis:

  • A physical exam to assess the infection site and check the swelling, redness, and warmth on the skin.
  • An X-ray to see if there is an object stuck in your skin or bone causing the infection.
  • A wound culture (collecting a sample of tissue or fluid from the wound and placing it on the growing medium) to identify the infection-causing bacteria.

With on-site lab and X-ray facilities, we can quickly deliver test results to help begin your treatment as soon as possible.

How Do We Treat Cellulitis?

Depending on your test results, age, the severity of your infection, and overall health condition, we will tailor an appropriate treatment plan that may include:

  • Oral antibiotics
  • Keeping the infected site dry and clean
  • Cool, wet dressing on the affected area
  • Pain medications
  • Minor surgery
  • Topical antibiotics

What Are the Possible Complications If Cellulitis Is Left Untreated?

Untreated cellulitis may cause complications like:

  • Septicemia
    It occurs when the infection spreads to your bloodstream, causing persistent fatigue and chronic pain. Amputation may be required even when the condition is not fatal.

  • Gangrene (Tissue Death)
    Lack of blood supply to the tissues causes gangrene. If not treated in time, it may require amputation, and become life-threatening.

  • Abscess
    An abscess is a pocket of pus that develops under the infected skin or between skin layers. Surgery might be required to treat it.

  • Necrotizing Fasciitis (Flesh-Eating Disease)
    It is an infection of the deepest layer of skin that can spread to your fascia or the connective tissue surrounding your muscles and organs, causing tissue death.

  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
    MRSA, a severe staph bacterium, can also cause cellulitis. It is resistant to antibiotics used to treat normal staph infections.

Are You Looking for Cellulitis Treatment? Visit One of Our Urgent Care Clinics in Irvine, Fountain Valley, or Costa Mesa, CA, Today!

Cellulitis does not appear severe in the beginning. However, if left untreated, the infection can spread to your bloodstream and lymph nodes, resulting in a life-threatening condition. So, if you are experiencing cellulitis symptoms or suspect having this infection, walk into one of our urgent care clinics. We provide comprehensive medical care to diagnose and treat cellulitis so you can get back to your regular activities.

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