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What is Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a skin disease similar to a cut or a bruise along with inflammation of the skin. It also shows redness and swelling of the skin. The inflammation caused by cellulitis is due to a bacterial infection in the skin.

Cellulitis occurs usually when wounds or cuts in the skin are treated improperly.This happens when these wounds cause the breeding of bacteria due to neglection of maintaining a clean skin. These cuts and bruises when kept unclean may pave the path for several types of bacteria to attack the lower as well as deep layers of the skin.

Streptococcus and straphylococcus bacteria are the most familiar bacteria that cause cellulitis. People, who are more prone to this disease, are usually the ones who have skin conditions like skin allergies, dry skin, athlete's foot, acne and other frequent skin fungal infections that easily lead to wounds and open cuts.

A main problem associated with this disease is that it can spread rapidly and can pave the way to more widespread skin damage. If an individual is positively diagnosed with the disease, instant professional medical attention may be necessary. Cellulitis may also cause swollen glands and fever. Watch for red streaks where the disease is supposed to have occurred.

Cellulitis is very simple to prevent. The main thing to observe in order to prevent it is that you take good care of wounds and properly dressing them. Never leave them unattended. Wash fresh cuts thoroughly and if the wound is a deep one, apply betadine on the wounded area. It is a powerful chemical antiseptic that can keep bacterial infections away. Also, it is found that bad control of diabetes slows down the healing of wounds and increases the incidence of developing cellulitis.

Also, you can make your body less prone to infections by taking in nutritional supplements such as vitamin A, E and colloidal silver. Vitamin A is mandatory for a healthy skin. In addition to making the skin look younger, it also strengthens the skin and makes it less prone to infection. Vitamin E, on the other hand, is helpful in minimizing dry skin which is the common starting point of cellulitis as they are more prone to wounds.

Also, a diet rich in melanin, keratin and carotene is sure to improve one's skin health. So make sure to increase your intake of pumpkin, carrots and other orange, red and yellow vegetables. However, botanical supplements are found to have more melanin than in vegetables.



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