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Cellulitis?

See that tiny dot in the question mark. A wound smaller than that can give you Cellulitis- a spreading infection of the skin and its underlying tissue. All it takes is a break or an abrasion in the skin to initiate the infection.

Causes ::
Insect bites of mosquitoes, bed bugs, body lice, ants, bees, cat scratches etc. Other causes are scratching, waxing, shaving nicks, fissures in the toe, cleft etc.

High risk patients ::
People suffering from diabetes and varicose veins. Masons, labourers, obese, and old people also need to take care.

Symptoms ::
Headache, chills, uneasiness, weakness and fever. The period of onset may vary from two days to week. The affected area may show a swelling which spreads slowly. It may also become red, hot and tender. The lymphatics may also be affected. Do consult your doctor if you notice such symptoms.

Prevention & Treatment ::
Check feet daily for cuts, cracks and blisters. Avoid overcrowded areas. Ensure proper ventilation and thorough disinfection of clothes, linen etc. Minimise use of depilators. Avoid walking barefoot outdoor.Wash affected parts with medicated soap. Bandage affected area if necessary. Your doctor may prescribe analgesics.


 
 
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