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.
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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:
Seek immediate medical care if you are a diabetic or have a weakened immune system and experience any of these symptoms of cellulitis.
We may perform these procedures for diagnosing cellulitis:
With on-site lab and X-ray facilities, we can quickly deliver test results to help begin your treatment as soon as possible.
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:
While cellulitis is more common in older adults, erysipelas (a less serious version of cellulitis affecting the skin’s dermis layer) commonly affects children. Erysipelas usually develop on the face, leaving a “butterfly” appearance. Doxycycline is a commonly prescribed antibiotic to treat cellulitis, however, it may cause allergic reactions in children under 8 years old. Therefore, we may perform additional screenings to determine whether your child is allergic to this drug and prescribe antibiotics accordingly.
Untreated cellulitis may cause complications like:
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.
An abscess is a pocket of pus that develops under the infected skin or between skin layers. Surgery might be required to treat it.
Orbital Cellulitis remove
A life-threatening infection that develops in the fat and muscle surrounding the eye. Symptoms include bulging of the eyes, loss of vision, pain, and limited eye movement.
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.
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.