Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissues that can affect any area of the body. Not to be confused with cellulite - the cottage-cheese-like, lumpy fat often found on the hips, thighs, and buttocks, primarily of women - cellulitis begins in an area of broken skin, like a cut or scratch, allowing bacteria to invade and spread, causing inflammation, which includes pain, swelling, warmth, and redness.
Disorders that create breaks in the skin and allow bacteria to enter, such as eczema and severe acne, will put a child at risk for cellulitis. Chicken pox and scratched insect bites are also common causes. Cellulitis may also start in areas of intact skin, especially in people who have diabetes or who are taking medicines that suppress the immune system.
Cellulitis can be caused by many different types of bacteria, but the most common are Group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus. In special cases, other bacteria can cause cellulitis. Cellulitis after a cat or dog bite may be caused by Pasteurella multocida bacteria. Cellulitis due to Pseudomonas infection occurs after nail-puncture wounds through sneakers. Other types of bacteria from fish and farm animals can also cause cellulitis.
One specific type of cellulitis that can occur in children
and requires close monitoring is periorbital cellulitis, an infection
of the eyelid and tissues surrounding the eye. It can be the result
of minor trauma to the area around the eye (such as an insect bite
or a scratch), or it may be the extension of another site of infection,
such as sinusitis. Periorbital cellulitis is treated with antibiotics
and closefollow-up. If untreated, it can progress to orbital cellulitis
(infection of the eye orbit, or socket), a much more severe infection
that results in a bulging eyeball, eye pain, restricted eye movements,
or visual disturbances. This is an emergency that requires hospitalization
and intravenous antibiotics.
Signs and Symptoms
Cellulitis begins as a small, inflamed area of pain, swelling, warmth, and redness on a child's skin. As this red area begins to spread, the child may begin to feel sick and develop a fever, sometimes with chills and sweats. Swollen lymph nodes (commonly called swollen glands) are sometimes found near the area of infected skin.
Cellulitis is not contagious. Prevention
You can prevent cellulitis by protecting your child's skin from
cuts, bruises, and scrapes. This may not be easy, especially
if you have an active child who loves to explore or play sports. Protective
equipment worn to prevent other injuries during active play can
also protect your child's skin: elbow and knee pads while skating,
a bike helmet during bike riding, shin guards during soccer, long
pants and long-sleeved shirts while hiking in the woods, sandals
(not bare feet) on the beach, and seatbelts while riding in a motor
If your child does get a scrape, wash the wound
well with soap and water. Apply an antibiotic ointment and cover
the wound with an adhesive bandage or gauze. Check with your child's
doctor if your child has a large cut, deep puncture wound, or bite
(animal or human). Incubation
The incubation period varies, depending on the type of bacteria
causing the cellulitis. For example, cellulitis caused by Pasteurella
multocida has a very short incubation period - less than 24 hours
after an animal bite. But other types of bacteria may have incubation
periods of several days. Duration Cellulitis usually
resolves after a few days of antibiotic therapy. However, it's very
important that the child receives the medication on schedule for
as many days, usually 7 to 10, as the doctor directs.
Your child's doctor can usually make the diagnosis of cellulitis by asking a few questions and examining the area of affected skin. Sometimes, especially in younger children, the doctor may also order blood cultures - samples of your child's blood that are examined in the laboratory for growth of bacteria.
Positive blood cultures mean that bacteria from your child's
skin infection have spread into the bloodstream, a condition known
as bacteremia. This can potentially lead to septicemia, a generalizedinfection
affecting many systems of the body. Bacteremia can also be a cause
of cellulitis in certain cases.
I have been being treated for a persistent ongoing cellulitis in my right leg for the past 6 weeks. My leg was dark red and swollen 12 inches larger in diameter than my other leg. I have been taking 875 mg., Augmentin by mouth, two times daily, and have been getting a shot of rocefin (spelling?) daily from a home health care nurse. There has been NO improvement of my condition until the past week. During the past week I started drinking 16 oz., of the 10 ppm solution daily and all of a sudden the cellulitis has mysteriously started to disappear!!!! The red coloration is almost gone, and the swelling has started to come down. My home health nurse has suddenly taken a genuine interest in colloidal silver, and is reading everything she can on the subject! I did go thru a period of general malaise and flu like symptoms for about 24 hours, on the third day of taking the silver. I suspect this was from the silver killing off all of the parasites in my system. I also had quite a bout of diarrhea for about 12 hours, but yogurt cleared that up right away. I would recommend anyone taking the silver in that dosage eat yogurt daily to keep a proper balance of good intestinal cultures. Just thought this might be of interest to you.
I have had chronic lymphedema for 30 years. This leaves me particularly prone to Cellulitis, which is an infection of the spaces between the cells in my legs. It can be very difficult to treat because of the location and the abundance of protein rich lymph fluids surrounding the cells.
A little over a month ago I came down with another case of it. I began getting feverish, and headed right for the hospital, for antibiotics. When I got home I took the antibiotics and started making up some CS. I was getting worse at that point and considered going back to the hospital for IV antibiotics.
When the CS was ready I took a full cup of approx.10ppm. Within a half hour the fever broke. I continued taking a cup 3 times a day. Within 2 days I was back to normal! With one case of cellulitis I was in the hospital for 10 days on IV antibiotics followed by 12 WEEKS of oral antibiotics.
I believe that CS is the best antibiotic/germicide on the planet. As for a protocol, for myself I think 3 to 4 times daily (or more) is probably the most effective, as with most antibiotics. For myself, I would work up slowly to an effective dose. I think I may have been a little reckless starting at that high a dose, but I was feeling really rotten at the time...
Please understand that I am not a health care professional and am NOT giving medical advice. I am only relating my personal opinions and observations.
I also happen to be related to the other person on the list who discussed yellow staff, and saw that work in vivo. :-)
As you probably know, you don't want to take too much water right after taking CS as it might make it into the intestines and kill the intestinal flora
Opinion 3 This is the second shipment to my Mother. She has "malignant cellulitis" in both legs. I have not seen them for myself, but will next Tuesday. She tells me they are not as painful as they were. She has been taking one tablespoon three times a day since receiving the Colloidal Silver ten days ago. I will try increasing the dose and putting some on the wounds themselves to see if that makes a difference. I will let you know when I return. On a personal note, my acne has improved tremendously.
Opinion 4 Friends, I would be interested in selling CS. I started taking it 1 month ago. I stumbled across it, had never heard of it, when I was trying to diagnose myself. Long story but I have had Staph Aureus for years, tonsils out 2 years ago (Im 34 yr.old woman), acne, you name it. I've spent thousands of dollars on shots, antibiotics, Accutane, everything and nothing has helped. I discovered it when I figured out I had Cellulitis caused from Staph. In 20 min. after putting CS under my tongue and directly on my furuncle/carbuncle...I felt it bubble and dead skin and dead whatever was falling out of my neck onto my black sweater as I was driving!!! I started crying sooo EXCITED! In 2 days 2DAYS!!! My acne and Cellulitis was almost gone! It has helped my scars from years before! I have 6 people on it at work because they can't believe how good I look and they are believers! Is it possible to sell this for you or someone? They all say I should be a salesman for it because I am soooo passionate and dedicated and persistent about them trying it! And they all thank me! I'm so excited and cant wait to try the gold!!!I just can't believe my ACNE IS GONE! It has changed my life! Thank you for the newsletter! Sincerely, a thankful friend!
Why not try our Colloidal Silver. It is very safe and we have a money back guarantee if it doesn't work for you.
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