We never want to have anything wrong with our face. Somehow, it would mean the end of the world if it gets in contact with a very annoying infection like cellulitis. In most cases, the symptoms of cellulitis appear on the legs but it can be on the face, too. The Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib) is the type of bacteria usually responsible for cellulitis on the face. This happens mostly among children who have infections in the teeth, sinuses and mouth. Wounds, scratches and bruises can also be infected with different Staph bacteria thus would turn into cellulitis. You can stop the symptoms with the appropriate treatment for cellulitis. Here are options that you can consider.
Antibiotics Antibiotics are the most effective form of cellulitis treatment when the cellulitis-causing bacteria have not yet entered the bloodstream or the lymphatic system. They help stop bacterial growth in the first layers of the skin. Penicillin, Erythromicin, Augmentin, Ampicillin, Cefazolin are just a few of the many generic names that doctors prescribe. There are also intravenous (IV) antibiotics that are injected in the veins of an individual. This is done when the skin is not reacting to oral antibiotics. The intravenous method is usually administered when a patient is hospitalized under the supervision of a doctor.
Topical creamsTopical creams for cellulitis have antibacterial properties that tried to eliminate the itchiness, dryness and scaling of the skin surface. Creams have an advantage as you can locate the right infected place of cellulitis. There are topical creams specifically designed for your face. Usually, these topical creams are applied together with oral antibiotics.
Home treatment Some patients with facial cellulitis are allowed to recover at home and use natural methods of healing. In general, foods rich in Vitamin C and E are good in healing cellulitis. These substances can be found in green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits and vegetables. Others have used garlic, goldenseal and Echinacea and have taken it internally. Herbalists have found that these herbs have anti-inflammatory properties. Goldenseal leaves can also be treated directly in the affected skin area. Powdered goldenseal is available in some herbal shops. Some use it with water to form a paste-like substance that can be alleviate the itchiness and swelling in the skin. When your skin has finally healed from the infection, one can use thyme, lavender and bergamot oils to the skin to prevent having unwanted scars.
Surgical options and chemotherapy. There are some cases when the infection has already entered the bloodstream and the bacteria cannot be eliminated with antibiotics. Thus, chemotherapy and other operations may be good options. There are also instances when the infection has stayed in the skin for so long and has affected several skin layers already. This will leave unwanted scars on your face. These scars can sometimes not be taken out with herbal substances thus surgery is needed.