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Cellulitis is a dangerous, bacterial skin infection that can be treated with home remedies, but must be treated as quickly as possible. Some of the best home cures for cellulitis are natural antibacterials, such as garlic, colloidal silver and tea tree oil. Look in the Table of Contents on the right hand side of this page to discover many other natural remedies for cellulitis that have been recommended by Earth Clinic readers. One mother describes how she successfully treated her son with a home remedy treatment regimen, including turmeric, black salve and tea tree oil, avoiding antibiotics and hospitalization.
Natural Treatments for Cellulitis
Cellulitis is an aggressive condition that can cause additional complications if left untreated. If the infection appears to be spreading, consult a medical practitioner before it gets into the lymph nodes or bloodstream. Although this rarely happens, this could result in blood or bone infections or even gangrene. Fortunately, natural treatments are often effective, especially if the treatment regimen combines both internal and external treatment.
Garlic is the favorite home remedy of many because it attacks bacteria, fungi and viruses without killing beneficial gut flora. Raw garlic is most effective.
- 3-4 cloves a day for several weeks was the amount that helped some people. Drinking milk afterward may help to kill the taste and smell if it bothers you.
- Garlic capsules are widely available but we do not have any information as to how effective they are for cellulitis.
Colloidal Silver and Serrapeptase
Colloidal silver is relied upon by Earth Clinic readers to treat a wide variety of ailments. Colloidal silver can be inhaled, taken internally or used topically. For topical use, mix with 20% DMSO as a solvent and carrier. An interesting article on colloidal silver by Dave Thomas is found here.
One reader reported that she completely healed her leg ulcer, for the first time ever, with colloidal silver and serrapeptase. Here is what she said:
"Have discovered and used both colloidal silver, internally, 2 teaspoons, plus cleaned wounds externally for leg ulcers with colloidal silver spray for no infection successfully. Plus, then I take Serrapeptase around minimum of 80,000 per day. After one month the ulcers were closed, clean, and gone."
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is a powerful antimicrobial that has been used by native Australians for a very long time. (It has no relationship to the tea we drink.) Use sparingly as it is potent.
A mother whose 9 year old son developed cellulitis for the second time in a year could not fill an antibiotic prescription until morning, so treated him with tea tree oil instead. She described her treatment regimen as follows:
"My 9 year old son experienced cellulitis for the second time in less than a year as the result of a bug bite (spiders we think). At any rate, unable to get the prescription for an antibiotic filled until the morning, I went to this website. I placed a few drops of tea tree oil onto a cotton swab. I applied it to his very swollen and inflamed leg, along with a water soaked cotton ball (so the tea tree would not burn). I then applied an ice pack and gave him an over the counter anti-inflammatory. By morning, the inflammation was gone, he was able to move his leg with less diffulty and the redness also subsided. The Tea Tree worked awesome. Because of the severity of his cellulitis I still gave him the antibiotic, but cut the treatment time in half. Going forward, on any bites I will immediately treat with tea tree oil."
What Is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis usually appears on the legs as a painful, red, swollen area that may feel hot to the touch, but can appear elsewhere on the body. The infection can spread to the lymph nodes and into the blood, becoming life-threatening if left untreated. In this case, pain can be considered a good warning signal of danger as it forces most people to seek treatment options.
The bacteria that usually cause cellulitis are Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphyloccus aureus. Typically, surgical sites, cuts, puncture wounds, ulcers, athlete’s foot and dermatitis are the prime locations of bacterial entrance; however, certain types of spider and insect bites can also transfer the bacteria that triggers an infection.
Normally, the skin acts as a barrier, preventing infectious agents from entering our bodies. When the skin is broken, bacteria are able to enter into the body. This is one reason why it is always a good idea to keep any wound clean and covered if it breaks the skin. People with diabetes, a suppressed immune system or at risk of forming blood clots are more prone to cellulitis.
Treating cellulitis as soon as possible is critical to success. Cellulitis can be very stubborn and it seems that the longer the infection has been in the body, the more difficult it is to heal.
Continue reading below for more natural remedies from Earth Clinic readers! Please let us know what remedies you have used to treat cellulitis and the dosage and any other details that might prove helpful to someone else. Thank you!
Remedies for Cellulitis
The Popularity of Cellulitis Remedies - Full List
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[YEA] Hello. Two of my daughters used to get cellulitis frequently after a bee sting or even a mosquito bite. I was always running to the doctors for antibiotics to get rid of it. Now, the anitbiotics DID work, however after one summer with seven (yes, 7! ) anitbiotics, I decided there had to be something better out there! My husband happens to be a bee keeper, and he had heard of propolis (the "glue" the bees make from pollen and tree sap to fix and repair) and what a great natural antibiotic it is. It is an antifungal, antimicrobial, antibiotic, and about 5 other antis. (Forgive me for not overtyping, I haven't even finished my whole cup of morning coffee yet.) Long story short: We've started using propolis (be sure to get capsules or powder with no added stuff like zinc. Just propolis and the stearate used for preserving it's integrity. ) and have not been back for antibiotics once since! We use it to treat as soon as a sign of a cold, illness, or infection is coming on, and it gets it everytime! We've used propolis traps in our hives to naturally gather it, but it is incredibly hard to chew and swallow, because of it's stickiness. Amazing stuff. Simply amazing stuff!
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Posted by Jenn (Cobbora, Australia) on 12/16/2014
Cellulitis..who has heard of it? Have done lots of research on the internet and have tried some seemingly 'great ' cures, but to no avail.......
Things like packing Chamomile flowers into leg ulcers and covering overnight may look good on posts but really is so impractical, because it hurts so badly that I had to wash it off immediately.. Honey is also very good..Manuka is said to be the best but I use raw honey anyway so I used this...it apparently works from beneath the ulcer and contains an enzyme similar in structure to hydrogen peroxide...and it also burns ..Not literally of course but is very painful for the first few days but it does work. I used it when my ulcers were very small and I didn't realise that the bandage/covering has to be left on for at least a week. After 3 days when it no longer was painful I took the bandage off and it was good for quite some time. It isn't practical to use on bigger ulcerated areas which is why I haven't done it again. Since that time I have been on 3 different lots of antibiotics to kill the culture. I'm allergic to Penicillan so there are limited choices on what to take. Leg ulcers are a secondary consequence of having Cellulitis, and this was told to me by a Professor who specialises in this field.When I was first diagnosed with this I had no idea what it was and I think a lot of doctors don't know either!
Before 2010 I was fairly healthy, slightly overweight, working 2 jobs, up to 12 hours a day and doing lots of volunteer work. These days I am a social hermit.
I had a workplace injury where I'd a sprain on my ankle but apart from Panadol Osteo very occasionally, the pain was quite manageable. Because of my injury I was pushed for months to have an operation to fix my ankle but I resisted for a long time because I heal very slowly, and the only dissenting voice advising me to not have this op was my podiatrist..In retrospect I should have listened to her.
Since my op, I have had months of antibiotics and some real horrible treatments by so called professionals, but also some excellent advice from health professionals in areas other than where I live. The pharmaceutical companies desire to keep you in the medical system for a long time. I had been told that people like me can be taking antibiotics for up to 20 yrs. I said no way and have been searching for solutions ever since.
I started taking Quercetin with Bromelain, 2 x 1000mg of Vit C, 1 x 5,000mcg Biotin, Kyolic Garlic, Calcium; Magnesium and Zinc ; in a supplement, and lately, Inner Health Plus, a Probiotic : 1 capsule daily 2-3 hours after my last antibiotic of an evening. Plus I drink on average about 2 litres of cold water a day and have just started taking Selenium 200 mg with Vit A, E and C.
I also change my own dressings because I need to shower more often than what is recommended. 6 months ago I started soaking my leg in warm water and about half a teaspoon of Dettol and I do this twice a day and this has helped quite well. I was told to use Bactigras medicated gauze dressings (10x10 cms) ( Jelonet is a cheaper alternative to this and all these, plus my own bandages, much much cheaper than buying retail are available through Medshop..Smith and Nephew in Victoria) Put a smear of Flamizene ( a silver ointment used for burns) on top of the gauze and cover with a dressing and bandage. For quite awhile this was very effective but now the Flamizene burns my skin too as it has become very sensitized to all the creams etc..so for the past 3 weeks I have been dressing it with Lucas Paw Paw ointment.and a new antibiotic. Outwardly my leg is healing wonderfully but underneath is the same old story.
After reading about Borax I have been looking at it as a possible (?) cure because what I have is a viral infection in my blood, and NOTHING I have tried so far has even looked like fixing it. With my supplements, I bought the highest quality ones that were available, some from Australia, the UK and the USA, so that what I was taking were the best and I suppose I'll have to take them for a long time to see some results. In the meantime though I need to tackle the issue of the hard multiple blisters under my skin, that continually create new ulcers on my leg, so I need to ask, has anyone here used Borax for stubborn infections .and/or leg ulcers ?? Hovex is now called Bare Essentials so I would like to attempt this to see if it will dry these little nodules up and delete them forever..
Having been taking these now for quite a few months I stopped taking the Quertetin and cut back my Vit C to 1 a day because my skin on my leg was healing so well that the itch was almost manic! But whilst it was healing on top, the Cellulitis " blisters" under my skin were still there and would re-erupt within a few days and we'd do the whole process again. So far I have had my hopes dashed easily 6 times.
Twice in the last 15 months my body has shut down because of the antibiotics, the latest one was whilst taking Cleocin : 150mg 6 times daily. This capsule was great in that it didn't make me sick, or bleed but my body couldn't cope with the overload. 28,800mg per month! No wonder there are so many "sick" people out there.
So I was doing some more research last week on trace elements etc and came across some articles on Borax..so I need to know who can help me ?
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BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Sherri (Long Island, New York) on 03/13/2015
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] My experience with cellulitis:
I ate some bad chicken breast and got very sick. A few weeks after this my cat scratched me on the leg while I was trying to get him out of the house because of a fire. A month later I began getting strong flu like systems and I noticed on my leg that the area where the cat scratched me had become a big red infected gash. I went to an emergency clinic and was told it was cellulitis. I went on 24 days of antibiotics but stopped after I started losing my hearing. By this time the gash was pretty much healed over but was red and inflammed underneath. The flu symptoms are gone and I am pretty normal except for the red gash on my upper leg. I have tried numerous natural solutions but am currently using a daily pascalite (calcium bentonite) clay internally 3x a day and a cilantro drink 2x a day to cleanse my system.
I found that Epsom salt solution also helps retard the infection topically. I've only used the clay for a week and the infection has definitely decreased. I'm just going to stick with this because I am noticing other minor healing signs as well. It is my conviction that the cellulitis is an internal problem and has to be treated both internally and externally. I think restoring health to the gut is always an essential and I am working on that as well. The clay has enabled me to sleep through most of the night. I normally take Coral Calcium and a methylated B complex to boost my system and immediate feel the lack if I miss a dosage. But with the clay I forget sometimes to take these pills because it seems to be keeping my body stronger. Hope this helps somebody. Thanks for all the good information everyone has contributed.
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BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Christy (Austin, Indiana) on 09/11/2013
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] First just want to say I am 22 years old when I was 6 months pregnant I got bit by a bug then a blister formed. And while I was working at my nursing home because I am a certified nursing assistant (cna) the blister popped. And the cellulitis started and I've had this infection ever since and every time I'm working I'm always on my feet so I get blisters on the same toe and my cellulitis starts and it's very painful. The worse my cellulitis has gotten my leg was inflamed up to my knee, and my limp nodes were swollen. I had to stay at Nortons hospital for a week dealing with this painful infection. Every time the doctors wanted me to stand up I would cry so hard and had to have help from the nurses, to lean on them because I couldn't move. I have cried myself to sleep praying this infection would go away but I learned I'm stuck with it the rest of my life. I have went to the doctors 7 times since I got pregnant within this year and my son is 1 year old now. I have tried every antibiotic the doctor has given me and nothing has helped but I recently heard of coconut oil helping. I just started using it last month. I love it so much but since I'm a cna I can't escape being on my feet and dealing with the blisters. I'm so glad I found this site and seeing everyone find these remedies helping I heard tea tree helps with the coconut oil. I will say I don't want any more antibiotics from the doctors they say it helps and then I get discouraged because it doesn't.
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Posted by Jenn (Cobbora, Australia) on 01/22/2015
For all those people who have used Colloidal Silver for Cellulitis, I need some advice please!
For the first 6 days on CS my leg improved far beyond anything I could ever imagine, but now although it has shrunk to roughly palm-sized, I seem to have a little hotbed of infection that keeps repopulating with that biofilm gunk and my ulcers just will not shrink any further. I have no doubt that the CS will kill everything eventually..question is though, how much longer can I let the generator go on for to make a stronger mix ? I'm using one of those sort of square-shaped Maxwell House Coffee jars, because it is the biggest jar I have. (500 gr net) so it makes nearly 2 litres of CS..
I'm drinking 750mls over a 24 hour period with water that is slightly yellow.. but today I bought a nappy bucket ( with a lid) and want to know if I made enough CS to cover my ulcers, does it have to be changed daily, or can I leave my lower leg to soak in it for an hour or so at a time ?, then when should I change the water ? Every 2 days or what ?
I have ordered a water meter but won't get it for another week or so, so at the moment I am guessing that it is definitely stronger than the 30ppm, which was clear, bought from the health food shop, just because it is slightly cloudy, depending on whether I use distilled water or Nobles water. So I remember someone on here telling me I could go up to 500ppm to soak my leg in but then how long would you leave the generator on for to get that strength ? Should I buy another generator and have the 2 of them going simultaneously ? Sorry for so many questions but I would love to see this thing gone forever and know that it may take awhile to shift it from my body and I see tonight that I have a tiny blister at the back of my ankle which tells me I could have a new ulcer forming..God forbid I have enough CS in my body to kill any bacteria, and I know from past experience in the past 4 years that Cellulitis and it's partners are very aggressive..CS is my last hope. I mean it's not as if you can pick up the phone and ring someone about it but I need the wisdom of people on Earth Clinic who have beaten this thing..If there is something I can do differently or better please tell me about it. I'm open to any suggestions no matter how silly they may sound but if it worked for you perhaps it will work for me, too.
Thank you in advance for any assistance!!
To Dave, who mentioned about Echinachae drops..have had a lot of trouble trying to get them, but managed to buy powdered capsules...so when I have my protein smoothie of a morning I open 2 of them, and 1 x 1000mg Vit C capsule and add to my breakfast with 2 tablespoons of protein powder, a tray of ice cubes , some ginger and some milk of choice, mix in my blender for 2 mins and drink..
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Joanne (Mississippi) on 04/29/2015
[YEA] Have discovered and used both colloidal silver, internally, 2 tspns, plus cleaned wounds externally for leg ulcers with colloidal silver spray for no infection successfully. Plus, then I take Serrapeptase around minimum of 80,000 per day. After one month the ulcers were closed, clean, and gone.
Thanks for everyone giving the health items that they use. Invaluable help.
The above colloidal silver and serrapeptase is the first time I completely cleaned up the ulcer on leg!!
I am at this time still continuing with colloidal silver and the serrapeptase.
YEA (1) 50% NAY (1) 50%Posted by Kathyp (Cedarburg, WI) on 03/15/2014
[YEA] I agree with so many of the people that have posted their stories about Cellulitis on this site. Earth Clinic is a wonderful site to help people get rid of Cellulitis without antibiotics, which are becoming a real problem with the overuse of them. The first time I had Cellulitis I had to go to the doctor because I did not have a clue what was wrong with my lower leg. It was very warm to the touch, painful, swollen, and red. Doc put me on antibiotics and it was gone. It is very important if you have it on the leg or arms to elevate your leg or arm higher than your heart.
Well little did I know that after I had it the first time I got it a second time very soon. The cause of it was that I have athletes foot/eczema on both feet. They are red on the soles and I am so sure it is the moccasin type because skin is thick, dry, and cracks so bacteria can get in. Prescription drugs, creams, etc. did not take care of my athlete's foot. I was at a dermatologist and my regular doctor. Dermatologist told me to buy over the counter athlete's foot cream and creams for the eczema after I was done with her prescription drugs. I did just that and nothing helped my feet. I have spent hundreds of dollars just trying to find something that works. Athletes foot is a known cause of Cellulitis.
In Dec 2013 by chance I stopped in at a holistic health center and with luck was able to talk to the main person there for 10 minutes and I told her my problem. She looked at my hands that have some eczema on, and in one second she said I can tell you right now that no creams will cure your foot problem because you have "CANDIDA" and that is causing your athletes foot and eczema.
She said no dairy, no sugars, and I must go gluten free. Well I started the diet half way till after Christmas was over. I went on the diet as strict as I could and my feet got better. She wants me to drink 3 quarts of water a day (room temp and put lemon slices in it) The day I went to see her in Dec I had cellulitis than, as I have it right now, but it is getting better. I am taking turmeric, Vitamin C, Echinacea, and garlic pills. I also put very warm water on my leg when taking a shower or I use washcloth that I run hot water on. I also have a stocking on now that is half way a compression stocking. I put tea tree oil on my leg with a cotton swab. Now I have had cellulitis several times and got rid of it using these methods. I only had to use antibiotics the first time. I check my leg everyday and the minute I find a reddened sore spot I hit the Cellulitis treatment and I am able to get rid of it. If you have a bad case I would see your doctor because I have seen some pictures of really some bad looking open wounds on legs that have Cellulitis. You would need medical treatment then.
My feet are getting better and better, but I am not home free yet so I got a small crack in my foot and that is why the Cellulitis comes back. If I was totally and 100% strict on the diet maybe my athletes foot would be totally gone. I have had the problem for 3 years now so I can't expect it to be gone quickly. I understand it takes some people 6 months or more to get rid of the athletes foot. The last few days I have really been strict on the diet, and as a bonus I am losing weight. I am going to get rid of this pesty athletes foot/eczema one way or the other.
Two days ago my husband asked me if I ever tried glycerin to make my dry cracked feet softer and I said no. I read up on glycerin on the internet and went right out to buy some. I am soaking my feet now every day in ACV and then putting athletes foot cream and glycerin on. I only have been doing it for two days now so it is to soon to tell if it will help. Glycerin is good for many rashes.
For my Candida the gal has me taking Candex, 2 pills twice a day and a proboidic pill in the evening. My question is , will I ever get rid of the Candida? It all ties together with my athletes foot and Cellulitis. I bet your site has some goods posts on it, (Candida) which I will read tomorrow. I only found this wonderful site today.
Hope my post will help somebody suffering right now like I have been the last three years. And by the way, since I have Cellulitis right now I take the chair cushion from the living room and two other sturdy pillows under it to prop my leg every night when I sleep and it is amazing how use to it I am and can sleep very well. Good Luck
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Posted by Darcee (Ocala, Fl) on 09/21/2014
I am on week 2 recovering from my first and hopefully last bout of cellulitis. My symptoms started with going to work on a Monday feeling great to feeling nauseated with severe chills by mid-day. I somewhat felt a slight irritation on my (R) ankle and thought I might have nicked myself shaving the day before - which I didn't remember doing. I applied triple antibiotic ointment and bandaid where ankle felt irritated in between being nauseated and collapsing on bed.
I developed 105+ fever. My husband kept me supplied with ginger ale, water and ice chips. He was concerned about the fever and wanted to take me to the hospital. I kept refusing thinking I just had a tummy bug and would feel better by the next day. I was up the entire night dealing with nasea and severe chills. I noticed that it became increasingly painful to walk everytime I had to walk to the washroom.
I managed to get an appointment with the clinic who took my temp (104.7) and saw my B/P was high and noted the red ring that developed around my ankle. They immediately sent me to the hospital due to temp, B/P and their diagnosis of cellulitis. I was triaged and admitted. I was immediately started on IV therapy... Vancomycin along with a few other switch ups along the way. I started getting visits from infectious disease specialists as well as a surgeon who was trying to determine if I had flesh eatting bacteria - at which point he would remove the skin from my leg.
Staff noted that from my first moment of admission to 40 mins into Emer Dept treatment the "rash" had spread quite a bit by then. That really got their attention... thus concern about flesh eatting bacteria and severity of illness. After first day it was determined that I had a severe case of cellulitis - that if I hadn't gotten treatment when I did my conditions would have been fatal within another 24 hrs. I was hospitalized for 5 days and discharged still with pain and swelling and on IV therapy every 12 hours along with a lidocaine patch for my leg.
I have finally had improvement with pain and swelling for the past 2 days. I am scheduled to stay on antibiotics through next Tuesday... making it a full 2 wks by then from hospitalization and start of IV therapy to end of IV therapy. The specialist informed me Thurs that I will most likely start on oral antibiotics at that time and hopefully be released to return to work on Weds.. I have been taking probiotics and consuming kefir smoothies and now researching homeopathic avenues to pursue. I will be researching recommended / suggested avenues of treatments and look forward to finding successful options that will work for me. I normally am anti - antibiotic - and avoid at all cost, but in this case... they saved my life. Cellulitis is not to be taken lightly is a valuable lesson I have learned.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Kim (Flagstaff, Az) on 11/09/2012
I suffer from recurrent cellulitis infections and 6 months back had found a cream that was highly recommended for cellulitis prevention and treatment on a more natural method. Does anyone know what this cream may be called or where I can find it? Thanks
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YEA (1) 25% NAY (2) 50% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 25%Posted by Vicki (South Australia) on 05/09/2016
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Cellulitis:
Thank you to everyone who has tried & had results, this site is a great help. I regularly fast, sometimes for days at a time, this has not helped, I have had this severe condition for 13 weeks and was getting worse to the point I couldn't walk on the foot at all, currently on cleocin antibiotics, from 1 every 4 hrs 2 wks ago upped to 2 tablets 3x a day, tea tree oil has halved the stinging burning pain that is worse than child birth. the only way to describe the pain is like being burnt badly while cooking 1st degree burn, that is the closest pain that comes close, followed by contractions in the area ( mine is in the little toe I cut nail too short)
I have changed my diet: Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tbl spoons in a glass of water I sip all day, & drink 2 ltrs or more of water room temp, Echinacea & berry tea & green tea. dandelion tea. Turmeric, Curcumin & black pepper about 2 tbl spoons of each & fresh garlic cloves I put all over my salad & I eat for lunch: tomatoes, lettuce, cucumber & carrots, capsicum, green apples for lunch with salad oil dressing to help spread the turmeric into every cell of my body and the bone marrow, I found having tomato on buttered (has oil in it) toast with pepper & turmeric helps the stinging/swelling calm down first thing in morning. I have tried sucking a raw young lemon or add to water also.
I'm on day 2 of this, and pain has halved, I can finally sleep with out being woken by crippling pain, and I can walk with out a cane. the toe is not dark purple now its going pink, red & skin colour, I wipe tea tree oil around the area not on the sore itself, as they removed the nail & sliced into area to squeeze out infection twice, it's covered all the time, dressing changed every 2 days. The antibiotic not working so I had to try everything I can find on the net & combine it into 1, I'm about to get the manuka honey to add this too. It's very slow healing but its progress considering what pain I'm in & keeping the toe.
Researching it has shown me, smoking, eating sugary stuff, fasting too much (malnutrition) & little exercise is stopping it from getting better.
1) It's important to get 10+ min exercise in so the oxygen & blood flow gets to the area.
2) Turmeric & black pepper & the Tea tree oil halve the pain & swelling,
3) Water fluids flushes toxins out. So go pee pee pee.
4) Warmth helps the pain, the cold make it hurt more.
5) Keep foot raised at all times possible. even when sleeping rest it on a pillow.
I hope this helps someone.
Posted by Dolores (Mira Loma, Ca) on 09/08/2015
[NAY] I originally got Cellulitis in Dec 2014, since then I have had 4 flare ups. Dr's have given strong antibiotics for 20 days. It seemed to work, it has been 2 months and noticed redness starting along with pain. I do not want to use antibiotics any longer. I have used Tea tree oil, coconut oil, colloidal sprays etc. I am a diabetic, have gone through chemo, but why do I keep getting these flare ups? Please someone help me I am at my wits end
Thank you so much,
Posted by Miriam (Wisconsin, US) on 12/13/2014
[YEA] Last year I was sick with cellulitis outbreaks for at least half of the year. I was on 7 different antibiotics as my doctor tried to find one that worked. I searched the question, "what does the skin need to stay healthy?" online and omega 3s came up. I realized I was very deficient in omega 3s. I started taking 2000 mg Solgar fish oil and 2 tbsp of Udo's Oil on food every day. I also ate a super healthy diet with no sugar and grass-raised meat. After about a month, the cellulitis was gone but it came back and then I started taking 50 mg of iodine in the form of Lugol's solution for a month. The last part was reading the book "The Mind Body Prescription" by Dr. Sarno. Using his psychological techniques, I have now kept cellulitis away for 7 months and feel 100% well.
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Posted by Janet (Durham, West Grey, Ontario) on 06/17/2013
[NAY] Cellulitis cures I've tried and failed:
I got cellulitis a year ago from a bug bite (mosquito I think) which became rapidly infected! I put Tea Tree oil on it but it only burned and didn't stop the infection. Actually I didn't know I had cellulitis at that point. I went to my local hospital emergency and the doctor on staff said likely the bug bite got infected due to chronic sinus infection under the cheek! He advised a topical antibiotic, which I normally NEVER take antibiotics as I get severely ill from them (I have a chronic underlying immune disorder and other health challenges originally due to serious childhood trauma/complex PTSD--post traumatic stress syndrome. To say, I have been holistic, vegetarian (mostly) and use many natural healing methods since I was 18 and I am 57 now).
Back to the cellulitis: I was so scared on reading on-line what cellulitis is and how dangerous that I decided to try:
1) a topical colloidal Silver gel. My face/cheek swelled to triple the size and became itchy, painful and really red!!! I looked up the ingredients and there was one that is some kind of chemical as the base that on researching is used by the cosmetic industry and is highly reactive in exactly the ways I had, for some individuals, esp. With sensitive skin normally (me)!!!! And this was advised by the health food store!!
2) I tried the topical antibiotic at that point being really worried--and even WORSED reaction!!!!!!
SOOOOO, I gave up, went on line, found people using golden seal---I tried a tincture straight, burned like hell. Put a little in SLippery Elm powder with water, applied as a pack on my cheek--this worked and in a few days my infection was greatly reduced. I continue for a few weeks. BUT the infection stayed at a low level and here I am 11 months later with it spread to my lips and up to my temple!! I tried slippery elm again, no change. I've tried various healing salves, I've even tried Tea Tree oil with water this morning--just burned a little, redder now--still swollen though not as bad as a year ago.
What now? I AM of course working with someone I've found who does natural healing to help my whole body and mind---with energy clearing work to clear out the PTSD, and diet adjusting ( already eat for 20+ years an organic, whole foods diet with all the best supplements) and supplement adjusting with muscle testing for MY SPECIFIC NEEDS. I was crying this morning though, wanting to give up, then praying to my Angels, God, the Universe to help me with my whole condition---I've had a 'flu' with vomitting, aching, fatigue, etc for 5 months now! #@! It went away for a bit, seemed the healing was working and then I ran out of money for my good food and supplements and boom! The flu came back--the whole bit. I've been on this adjusted diet and supplements with this healer for 2 weeks now, still sick!!! Argh! But I'm not giving up!
Any suggestions? I will, by the way, look at what the Earth Clinic suggests and try them! Thanks everyone for your stories by the way! To Light and Joy! Cheers! Janet
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Margo (Toronto, Canada) on 10/19/2015
[YEA] Less than 48 hrs after a botox treatment at a professional medical clinic I found symptoms of swelling and tenderness on the one side of my face into my hairline and down to my gland area in front of ear. Immediately the next morning I started oil of oregano which made the symptoms stop increasing; and they have decreased over the past 4 days to where if this continues all symptoms will be gone tomorrow or the next day. My question is "how long should I continue the Oil of oregano?" and should I continue to take the same amount as I am presently taking. I have been taking 6 drops about 4 or 5 times a day.
Your help is much appreciated,
YEA (1) 100%Posted by Raychil (Chiang Mai) on 12/31/2015
[YEA] Woke up yesterday to realise that I had 20-30 cellulitis pustules on my thigh and some were draining. The area was also really swollen. It started from an insect bite I scratched the head off a few days ago and didn't think much of it but it must have got infected.
Anyway it got so much worse during the day and I was getting really worried. I applied iodine to the area maybe 3 times in the day but it kept getting worse. Then the next day I woke up and it looked awful and probably worse, so I decided to get really serious and water fast all day, applied hot then cold then hot then cold etc. water for few mins with shower head, washed the area well with soap and then apply iodine when dry. I went out to shops to buy bandages etc. and when I got back about 2 hrs later it was so much better I didn't need them - it was amazing!
I washed with soap and when dry applied iodine again and changed clothes (In case it got dirty outside house) and reapplied iodine again in evening, and now it is so much better! No swelling, no drainage and bumps are so much smaller. I expect will be gone now in couple days.
I have had it once before in past from insect bite again but it was really serious before I realised what was happening and I resorted to loads of antibiotics. But I still found washing area with soap thoroughly and applying hot/cold/hot/cold water with shower head very effective at healing it, I would see big improvement after showers doing this. And again I would apply iodine after shower when dry, and couple more times a day.
I think the water fasting, soap and hot/cold/hot/cold water and iodine was an amazing combination. Truly miraculous how fast it turned around.
Hope this helps someone :)