Cellulitis Treatment

Last Modified on Jan 22, 2015

What Is Cellulitis?

With constant exposure to environmental toxins and the general environment, the skin frequently exhibits signs of adverse reactions. One of the most severe reactions of the skin is cellulitis. A common and possibly serious bacterial skin infection, cellulitis is painful and can cause additional complications if left untreated.

Typically affecting the skin of the lower legs, cellulitis can affect the skin on any part of the body and may range in depth from the surface to the tissues underlying the skin, the lymph nodes, and the bloodstream. At any level of severity the symptoms of cellulitis are the same. Common symptoms include redness, swelling, overall tenderness, pain, warmth or heat to the touch, fever. As the condition worsens, the area of redness may expand. Additionally, small red spots may appear on the affected skin and may even develop into blisters and burst.

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that forms when one or more types of bacteria penetrate the skin through a crack or lesion in the skin. Streptococcus and staphylococcus are the two most common types of bacteria that cause cellulitis. 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 and infection.

Natural Treatments for Cellulitis

Cellulitis is an aggressive condition that can cause additional complications if left untreated. While medical options are available, natural treatments are often more effective. A regimen combining internal and external treatment is often most efficient. Taking turmeric and coconut oil orally and applying olive oil, tea tree essential oil, and frankincense essential oil topically are all effective natural treatments. Vitamin D supplements also help treat the condition.

Continue reading below for more natural remedies from Earth Clinic readers!

User Reviews

Bee Propolis   1  0   

Posted by Mgoldstrohm (Pa, US) on 11/17/2014

[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!

Borax   0  0   

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 ?

Replied by Maria
Gippsland, Australia
Hi Jenn, Celluitis is caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus and mrsa is methicillin resistant staphyloccus aureus. Colloidal silver works for both of these so it would be worth looking into it. Internally and externally.

I have no experience in using borax for infections because colloidal silver has always worked for us. Ours is homemade and when its to be used externally we make it stronger. Borax should still be helpful so l hope someone has an answer for you. Cellulitis is happening too often after knee operations so it does not surprise me that you got yours after an ankle opperation. I remember the days when staph was only in some city hospitals and patients transfered to a hospital without staph were barrier nursed till tests showed they were negative. Now its everywhere. All the best in your journey to health, God bless

Coconut Oil   1  0   

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.

Replied by Earth Clinic Fan
Love And Light To All!
Have you tried Iodex or Iodine, or Colostrum Serum in combination with the Coconut Oil? Hope this may be of help to you! Wishing YOU well!
Replied by Patricia
Valparaiso, Indiana
[YEA]   I've only experienced cellulitis when it goes directly in my bloodstream. Each time I've gone to bed feeling absolutely fine, and wake up with shivers and a fever. I end up in ICU for the first part of my stay...have gone home with a pic line, to continue out patient antibiotic treatments. I don't get any warning signs at all. I have pigmentation on my lower leg, the one place it has shown up on my body. I had surgery on my the same ankle about 8 years ago. I also have a problem with the same foot, with dry cracked skin. I'm at a loss, this is so scary and extremely painful, as of course anyone who's had it knows. If anyone has any ideas, I'd appreciate hearing them. This site is great, very helpful. I'm taking Tumeric, Coconut oil, using fresh lemons in my water. And only drinking water and no sugar added juices.
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Patricia,

Re the Cellulitis;

Please take a look at the "Recent Post" I put up to "Johanneinsc" just below this one. In a case of a skin issue, I'm all for using Echinacea first topically if this were me. Then I'd go to combo Colloidal Silver and DMSO, fifty-fifty topical applications. Both I'd do five days with aps three times or so daily ... for five days each. And...I'd drink both the Echinacea in glass of water (five drops) three times daily for a month and at different times of day drink CS (a tablespoon or more) three times daily. Separate the CS and Echinacea by an hour. The CS I'd take for six months at least. Probably a year.

Replied by J.
Annapolis, MD
Everyone please do some research on manuka honey for cellulitis or ANY type of wound care needed. you MUST buy a 16+ factor or higher to do the work you want it to do. it has helped so many and kept a friends mother from having a limb from being amputated. They are using it now it our hospital for wound care thanks to this same lady who was saved from loosing a limb. Manuka honey is also used for many other problems as well. it is sooo useful for so many different aliments. you can purchase this product at most vitamin shops and also Wegmans grocery store where you find the natural cure remedies. I think you will be very happy with this product!
Replied by Carla
Washington, DC
Can you help me? My mom has cellulitis. Should she apply the coconut oil or take it orally. What about vitamin e oil?
Replied by Mama to Many
Dear Carly,

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil can be used orally and topically. When I have used it for infection, we use 1 Tablespoon three times a day.

You might also consider turmeric - 1 teaspoon three times a day as well. Taking it at the same time as the coconut oil would be best, and adding a litle black pepper if possible. It increases its effectiveness.

Both coconut oil and turmeric together are excellent. Extra vitamin C may also be helpful.

Let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Colloidal Silver   0  0   

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..

Replied by Kathleen
San Antonio, Texas

Have you looked at clay or ozonated oil (usually olive)? I'm not an expert on either one though I have used clay on my foot when I stepped on a nail. It's probably one of the first things I would use for an ulcer or infected wound. Clay is great for drawing things out of the body that don't belong. Since you're already making colloidal silver, you can hydrate clay with it to make it even more effective. I looked at the remedies page but didn't see anything on either of these so I'm going to give the links for two sites run by a gentleman whose email list I subscribe to. The first is about clay. While the second is largely about silver, it also has information on ozone. Just from a practical standpoint, the easiest way to use ozone would probably be to buy ozonated oil. I know I've seen more extensive information on ozonated oils but I can't find it right off hand. I did a quick search and included a link to a brief blog entry I found. Hope you find this useful.




Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
To Jenn:

Re Silver and all to help with infection...

I'm glad to hear of your immediate success. I'd said that if me I'd assume the infection was systemic and would be taking colloidal silver two or three times daily for about 6 months. The CS can also be applied topically as I previously discussed. I'd change the water daily. If me, I'd merely apply the CS mixed with 20 percent DMSO as a solvent and carrier...that applied with a white cloth to the infected area topically. I had recommended the Echinacea also as a topical bacterial killer.

Other things can be used to kill an infection topically. Tea Tree oil. Borax mixed in water and applied to the site might also act as an antibacterial. Maybe more effective than Colloidal Silver topically, would be a "Silver Nitrate" application....google "silver nitrate topical cream"...and you will find articles on how to use it topically. Encyclopedia Britanicca has a good Silver Nitrate article.

If you want a higher concentrate of CS just use less water in making the silver solution.

I would not drink that much concentrate...that high concentrate would be for topical use.

Dietary Changes, Natural Remedies   1  1   

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

Replied by Mary
New York, Ny
According to the folks at www.knowthecause.com oil of oregano is an excellent anti-fungal remedy. Pau D'Arco tea and carrots are also excellent anti-fungals. They also have a Phase 1 diet on the website that excludes fungal causing ingredients like yeast products, gluten products, sugar products, corn and mushrooms. The diet focuses on protein products, vegetables, nuts, sunflower seeds and grain products like millet and quinoa. Best wishes for a full recovery!
Replied by Kristen
Harrisburg, Pa
Thanks for the post - I appreciate you sharing your experience.

For your dry, cracked feet (NOT CELLULITIS)...if you soak them in warm water (to loosen the dry skin) and then 'scrub' them with a salt scrub or sugar scrub ('recipe' below), it helps to remove the layers of dead skin and expose the new cells below. Getting the 'dead skin' out of the way may help reduce the source of the fungus. If you soak and scrub your feet 2 - 3x a week...you'll be surprised at how easy this works. I'm a nurse and have used this on my clients with great success. (Get an ok from your doctor if you have any concerns)

Skin scrub recipe - take a cup of sugar or salt (see properties below) and mix with 1/4 - 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil to 'moisten'. Add 6- 12 drops of essential oils as needed (ex: tea tree and oregano for bacteria and fungus, geranium or lavender for other skin conditions) - store in a covered container or ziploc plastic bag. To use: soak feet, scoop a palmful of scrub in hands and scrub feet for a minute or two, focusing on calloused areas. Rinse well. Pat dry.

Salt is antibacterial and can be used for scrubs that are used to prevent or treat infected areas - just be mindful that the salt can burn cracked skin (simply rinse off any areas that begin to 'sting').

Olive oil is moisturizing and also antibacterial, and will help to hold the moisture in the skin following the 'scrub' - just be mindful of 'slippy feet' and put on socks.

You can add a few drops of tea tree or oregano oil to the scrub to help boost it's antifungal/antibacterial effect. There are other oils that would be beneficial, but start with one at a time, so you can learn what works best for YOUR condition. (This is a good way to learn how to eliminate it completely).

A sugar scrub does not burn, but can have the potential to exacerbate fungal infections. Just monitor how your body responds. Simply stop using it, if it makes it worse.

If you have issues with insomnia, you could try using sesame oil in the foot scrub and applying it before bed - using sesame oil in place of the olive oil would be a way to combine the scrub with an Ayurvedic treatment for insomnia (which consists of applying sesame oil to the soles of the feet). It won't have the same antibacterial properties as the olive oil, but has it's own qualities that can be utilized for healing.

Best of luck to you - I think you'll get the answer you seek - most of all, thank you for helping the rest of us in your search for that answer!

Replied by Tinkerbell
Michigan, USA
[NAY]   I applaud you all for trying to use natural remedies but please be careful. I did the same as you all and thought I had gotten rid of my cellulitus but had not. I am extremely overweight due to the steroids I take daily for my lung disease. My mobility is null so I sit a lot at my desk. I can not lay on my back to elevate my legs because I can not breathe so I can only prop my legs in a recliner with pillows off and on all day. I tried the natural way after the third time of breaking out with cellulitus and I made the problem worse. I also have edema in my lower body which after the blisters of the cellulitus break they turn into ulcers (which they did because I did not get the infection under control with antibiotics). I have severe pain, my legs are now discolored in a black hue from the damage to the skin. What you are all missing is if you have cellulitus more then once you can have a medical underlying problem. I get the cellulitus from the edema getting out of hand. It is not just from getting bitten from a bug. Please research some more and talk to a skin doctor before you do what I did and make it far worse then it could of been.
Replied by Alyssa
Kathy try using Alliderm gel. (I buy from Amazon.) I have dealt with eczema for at least 20 years. Sadly I am researching Cellulitis because of a comment from my masseuse, not one of the countless doctors or dermatologists I have seen. I have also had results from the Candida treatments. Hats off to you for being able to follow the diet!

Don't Ignore Cellulitis   0  0   

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.

Replied by Sara
I have cellulitis on my foot and hand. My foot was very red with fever. Now it is still swollen but the outside of the area is very dark brown and the center piece is black. Is this the healing process? I am soaking my foot and keeping it elevated. Please give advice. Thanks
Replied by Debbie
Try Manuka honey!!!!!
Replied by Mama To Many
Dear Sara,

I would add turmeric to what you are doing, internally. 1 teaspoon three times a day. Taking it in milk is a good way to get it in you, though it doesn't taste the best.

When you are not soaking, perhaps overnight, charcoal poultices are a good option.

I would also be drinking plenty of water, perhaps with a couple of teaspoons of raw apple cider vinegar a couple of times a day. Staying hydrated is important to flush the body of toxins.

Are you soaking in epsom salt?

~Mama to Many~

General Feedback   1  0   

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

Replied by Kathyp From Wisconsin
[YEA]   The cream you may be talking about is Eumaid I believe. There is another one called Terrisal or something like that. I used the Eumaid and I can't say it works any better than the Tea Tree Oil or Coconut oil.
Replied by Kt
I have often wondered if it is really the cream and not the fact you are massaging. My experience confirmed it was the latter. My "Dolly Dimples" went away after daily rubbing the areas with a facecloth while in the shower. It was sure less expensive!
Replied by Ashley
Tn, US
My mother had cellulitis and a nursing home she was in used some cream called MediHoney.. It cured her legs right up . You can buy it on Ebay a lot cheaper than anywhere else..
Replied by Leeann
For those with deeply cracked heels, my suggestion is to use a pediegg or pumice stone to remove the heavy calluses that split. Then use Lantiseptic cream or ointment, and rub into heels and feet every morning and night. I have used this method for the past six months and my heels are smooth and healthy for the first time in over 30 years. My mother has cellulitis and uses Lantiseptic to help keep ulcers from forming on unbroken skin on her legs.

Multiple Remedies   1  1   

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.

Replied by Sam
Miami, FL
Not sure what you are talking about. cellulitis is lumpy subcutaneous fat.
Replied by Alexandra
Cheshire, Uk
Hi Sam. I think you are referring to cellulite. Cellulite and cellulitis are very different conditions.

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

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
You might try topical activated charcoal... Messy stuff but draws out toxins under the skin. You could take charcoal tabs for other stuff internal but don't take with other stuff or it will suck it up and eliminate it. Hospitals use it for OD patients to detox them.
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Janet, This is what I would do and have done re bites and systemic infections.

Use the following: Topically on the bite area and skin where infected apply Echinacea in liquid form (the herb) liberally applied to a white cloth. Prefer adding a few drops to each application of DMSO to make sure the echinacea absorbs since the bite is probably healed over by now. Repeat with new topical application every hour. Use as a poultice keeping applied to infected area. Next, take five drops of the Echinacea into purified water and drink. Every hour replace the topical application and drink the liquid. Do this for twelve hours. See if improved. If better, do the same thing again the next day. Repeat the third day.

Finally, get a good brand of high ppm colloidal silver liquid... Not a gel that you had such problems with. Drink a tablespoon of CS three time daily on an empty stomach. Do this daily for a full month. This is needed, along with the echinacia taken internally to kill the microbe/ virus, fungi, or bacteria doing the damage. But the infection is not only below the surface on your face... By your description it is also in the body system... hence the flu attacks.

Replied by Mama To Many
Middle, Tennessee, Usa
Janet, So sorry about this suffering and sickness! Last year my son, who was 4, had a bug bite on his earlobe that became infected. It got worse and worse and appeared to be staph/cellulitis. We were able to heal him at home, it did take several weeks. This is what we did:


Turmeric - 2-4 times a day. 1/4 t. (an adult could take 1 t. Which would be about 4 00 capsules) I mixed it with honey as he couldn't swallow pills.

Coconut oil 2-4 times a day 1 t. (1 T. For an adult, but work up to it from 1 t. ) I gave this at the same time as the turmeric as the turmeric need some fat to work the best.

Externally -

During the day - several times a day I put a mixture of olive oil, tea tree essential oil and frankinsence essential oil on his ear. (1 t. Oil plus a couple of drops of the essential oils. He is a sensitive redhead and straight would be too much.)

During the night - charcoal poultices - 1 part ground flax seed, 1 part activated charcoal powder and water to make a paste like a soft jelly. I spread this on a paper towel and folded it over and put it on his ear and covered with plastic wrap (charcoal must be wet to work) and then attached it to his head with a bandana.

Once in a while I did hot and cold soaks. This really did seem to help. I would get two containers, one with very cold water and one with hot water as much as he could stand. I would alternate hot and cold several times and end with cold.

I have noticed several good ideas for you but wanted to add this so you have lots of things you can try. Please let us know what works for you!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mama To Many
Middle, Tennessee, Usa
Janet, I forgot to mention in my last post that I also gave my son raw garlic 2-3 times a day as well, as a natural antibiotic. 1 small clove each time, minced. I put it in honey or spread it on toast. He is really a pretty stoic little guy to tolerate it all, but it was all a very safe solution for him.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Anonymous

Hi Janet, I would use manuka honey (raw-unpasturised). Spread it over area affected. Also, take a spoonful in a glass of water with a spoonful of ACV a few times a day. I think this will work for you. As a coincidence I was just concentrating on a cure for my neighbour who has the same thing when I saw your post.

Manuka honey is used in hospital dressings to prevent Mrsa so it should work for this too. Please let us know when you are healed, thanks x

Replied by Jane
Malaga, Andalusia, Spain
Eat nothing in a package, nothing cooked/heated or processed just consume whole fresh ripe raw wild local and or organic plants for the next month; it is high summer so accessing cheap beautiful fresh fruit and vegetables is easy aim to eat about 2000 calories every day about 5 kilo in weight.. Which may seem a lot of fruit n veg but we need this kind of intake, melon strawberry cherries banana apple peaches orange and all citrus figs dates cherimoya and so much more

Daily you NEED to walk run swim or whatever exercise for at least an hour, also you NEED 45 minutes stillness/meditation to benefit form raw food living these are not optional extras.

You will feel better within 5 days and will probably entirely well within 3 weeks but do try to stay with this for the month.. Could be the start of new life.

Replied by Noelle
Minneapolis, Mn
Hi Janet, I've had cellulitis before (refer to my post under "Turmeric" below. ) You've got to get this from the inside and treat it aggressively with Turmeric. Most recently, I successfully treated my therapist for cellulitis AND arthritis with this formula.

Turmeric Cocktail:

* Turmeric - 1 heaping teaspoon
* Pepper - 2-3 dashes (you can use black pepper or cayenne or berbere -- it all works.)
* Oil - 1/2 teaspoon. Use Coconut oil or Olive oil or Black Seed Oil.

Put this in a mug and cover with 1/2 cup of boiling water. Stir til dissolved. Add your choice of tomato juice or V8 or coconut milk or milk to make the drink palatable. Take this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and before you go to bed at night. If you are at home during the day, take one then also.

You will also need to take Turmeric capsules, almost any brand. (Stay away from Walmart and brands with fillers, or make your own capsules.)

Turmeric Capsules 400-500mg - 3 capsules every 4 hours.

Drink lots of water. Turmeric will dry you out.

The cellulitis has been in your system for a long time. The first day of this regimen you may feel worse. Please stay with it. When it has been in your system this long, it will take 1-2 weeks for you to see very noticeable improvements not just at the site but in general energy.

By the way I too have chronic PTSD, from traumas similar to those you mentioned. The Turmeric cocktail will not interfere with your treatment and it might even help even you out.

Good luck. Keep us all posted.

Replied by Patti
Mount Airy, Md
Can I make this without the oil? Why is the oil needed?
Replied by Noelle
Minneapolis, Mn
Patti - The oil enhances the effectiveness of Turmeric, as does the pepper. Use as little as a 1/4 teaspoon of oil or even three drops, if you are sensitive to oils. I think this is even more important when your medium (what you are using to mix it in) does not have any fat in it, like tomato juice or V8. If you are using Coconut Milk, Milk, or Almond Milk, there may be enough fat in these liquids to make the cocktail deep acting, effective and quick, without adding oil.

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Posted by Elizabeth (West Chicago) on 07/07/2014

[YEA]  I recently cut in between my toes and got cellulitus the doctors put me on cefadroxil 500mg 2 capsules twice a day and my mom bought me tea tree oil ointment while I was still on antibiotics in just three days my symptoms are almost gone after being on the antibiotics alone for a month I highly recommend using the tea tree oil and keeping the area very clean until healed. I used baby wipes twice a day or as needed and wore sandals so my toes could breath. I hope that helps.

Posted by Dana (Atlanta, Ga) on 08/08/2009

[YEA]  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 inflammed 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-flammatory. 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.

Thanks Earth Clinic

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Posted by Oliver (Jax, Fl) on 02/06/2013

[YEA]  I suffer from reoccurring cellulitis. I found out about turmeric on this forum. This last time that it returned I bought turmeric and took it along with a garlic supplement three times a day. After four days all the swelling and redness is gone. Only left with the wound to heal, which is doing so remarkably fast. Every other occurrence I took antibiotics which had accompanying side effects and none of them had the speedy results of turmeric. Thank you so much.

Replied by John
Troy, New York Usa
Dosage of Turmeric? Did you do anything else naturally?
Replied by Karen
Buckhorn, Ontario
What dose of tumeric and coconut oil works? Do I mix the two together and drink it?

Posted by Hmm... (Oklahoma City, Ok) on 06/05/2011

Just found this site and absolutely love all the information and personal experiences shared. Going out to buy Turmeric today.

Recently dx with cellulitis and the huge dose(1600 mg 2X a day) of Batrium made me horribly ill. After the doctor refused to lower the dosage or prescribe an alternative antibiotic I began my own research. Wish I had found your site earlier but nonetheless will be adding Turmeric to my daily regime.

To those who have had cellulitis... What antibiotic worked the best for you? And, what have you implemented for a preventative. Doctor tells me the chances of a recurrence are likely.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
I have never heard of people taking antibiotics against cellulitis.... Somehow it doesn't sound right! I have cellulitis as well and I would love to get rid of it but taking antibiotics no and I can't imagine a doctor prescribing it...... As far as turmeric working against it, I am not sure either, I wish it did....
Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa Usa
Hi Francisca - I think you might be thingking of Cellulite - not cellulitis. Cellulite is dimpled cottage cheese fat usually found on the abdomen, hips, and thighs - cellulites is an infection, and can be life threatening, very quickly! Very different things. :-)
Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France
Thanks for the correction Carly. Funny that too different problems have almost the same name. I got so confused that I was calling cellulite cellulitis. Well, I am glad no one is being prescribed antibiotics to cure cellulites!
Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
I have made the same mistake Francisca! They really need to change the name on cellulitis - (because cellulite was there first). Cellulitis is / can be deadly, where as cellulite is just plain old ugly. Lol. I have known people who have had cellulitis, and they had portable IV drips of antibiotics that they carried around in backpacks. I think it is scarier than MRSA from what I have seen.... Very fast moving infection! My neighbor scraped her arm on her woodstove, and the next day it was red, hot and swollen. I told her to go to the doctor... She said she would the next day. I told her - NO.... You need to go NOW, as in before the sun sets. I think I scared the crap out of her - but she went, and it was indeed cellulitis. They said she would have been admitted to the hospital if she had waited till the next day.... And they kind of wanted to keep her the day she went in as it was. Not a big fan of antibiotics.... I have not taken them in years. But when it is something like that... Well... Better safe than sorry! Sorry for going off on a tangent... Was not my intent!
Replied by Jenn
Coborra, Australia
Cellulitis is a viral blood infection and can re-occur many times. At least 6 times this year my ulcers have returned after what looked like a total healing and it can become very demoralising to think you have to go through the whole thing again but am now doing it the 7th time and I've had enough. Our local nurses told me that some people can have these for many years but I was determined to find a more natural cure and so I recommend that you research, not just from one source but at least 3 sources for the same "cure" and if helps, to write down as you go so that eventually your experiences can help others, because like most viruses these days, it is on the rise...but the antibiotics seem to be the same. Hope this has helped just a bit..

Posted by Noelle (Minneapolis, MN) on 07/20/2009

[YEA]  On June 7, 2009, a neighbor and her husband helped me put together a raised garden bed from a kit and fill the raised bed with bags of garden soil and compost. Since the amount of soil I had wasn't enough, I got 20 more bags of dirt and six bags of compost and peat. I grabbed another friend on Sunday, June 14th, filled the raised bed with dirt and planted vegetables from seed. In the midst of this I noticed I had gotten a small circular cut on my outer left wrist, which stung and burned. Since it was bleeding I assumed it would be sterile (eventually), ignored it and kept working. The cut stung and burned all through dinner. By morning, there was no pain, but the spot was raised and the arm was slightly swollen. When I got to work (I work in a clinic), I showed it to a co-worker. She said it was infected, thought it could be an MRSA and said that Tea Tree oil would take care of it.

When I got home I soaked the arm in Chamomile Tea and put Tea Tree oil on it. The next morning June 16th, it was worse -- very red with the area of swelling almost to the elbow and half-way round the inside of the arm. I showed it to one of the doctors at work, who said it looked like cellulitis and I should get that taken care of right away. I went into my own doctor within the hour; she declared the arm infected (cellulitis), opened the sore and cleaned it, and prescribed an antibiotic. She also said to mark the outline of the swelling so we could check that the swelling was going the right way. If the swelling and redness was not reduced in 48 hours I should call her.

I marked the outline of the swelling with a yellow marker, and I filled the prescription. I did not, however, take it since antibiotics wreak havoc with my intestines. Having discovered your site just two weeks before, I decided to try Turmeric. I went to the Wedge Coop, bought Turmeric in bulk, in tincture and in organic capsules. I was determined to treat this aggressively since I wanted to keep my arm. (I was afraid of ending up like my godmother who lost her arm when a sewing needle infected her hand, then her arm and they had to amputate.) When I got home I filled a glass with 12 ounces of V8, one heaping teaspoon of Turmeric powder, two droppers of Turmeric tincture, 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne and sucked up the whole thing through a straw. (This stuff is NASTY!) I took 2 Turmeric capsules (395 mg each) before I went to bed. Upon awakening, I consumed the same concoction, but increased the cayenne to 1 teaspoon, and swallowed 3 Turmeric capsules. Throughout the day I took three Turmeric every four hours. I repeated the V8/Turmeric/Cayenne concoction that night. By the next morning, the arm was no longer red and was slightly less swollen. I continued with the capsules during the day and drinking the concoction at night. Within 48 hours of when I started treating with Turmeric, I could look at both my arms in the mirror and was unable to tell which one had been infected!! I continued my Turmeric ritual for the next 5 days as if Turmeric were an antibiotic, not stopping just because the arm looked better.

Conclusion: Turmeric kicks rumpus!! Thank you God for leading me to your site and to Turmeric.

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Posted by Lon (Stanhope, NJ) on 02/18/2009

[YEA]  Boils, possibly MRSA, and tumeric:

My son was hospitalized for serious, rapidly spreading cellulitis, which started with a boil. He responded well enough to antibiotics to come home, but although the culture indicated the boil was not MRSA, the boils did not respond to the various antibiotics the Drd tried. He developed multiple boils on and around his privates which wouldn't go away. By the way he's been hospitalized, had many surgeries and on intravenous and antibiotics many times for a digestive disease he was born with. The celulitis came back three times, while following the infectuous disease Dr's advice to control it, which was exhausting, frustrating for both of us and ineffective. Of course the Drs think you're not following their directions if their strategy doesn't work. Then I found this site! I gave my son one turmeric capsule three times daily for three days. A nutritionist suggested I watch the acid alkaline balance of his diet. Topically I applied black salve to any full blown boils. If I noticed any small emerging boils which have not yet formed pus at the tip, I apply straight tea tree oil to the tip only, being careful not to get it on the surrounding skin. I discovered the effectiveness of these particular topicals by observation after using so many topical remedies.The advantage of the black salve is that it stays on without a dressing. I couldn't use bandages/poultices because of the location of his boils. Nothing has worked like the turmeric, supported by the topical application of black salve and tea tree oil for healing the boils, as well as watching the diet. He now takes one turmeric a day for prevention. The origin i think is candida, but we're working on that.

My son has Down Syndrome, Hirschsprung's disease (never could spell it.), and an ileostomy, so you can imagine the difficulties with nutrition. It was an ordeal I thought would never end. I worried constantly that the celulitis would return. It's been almost a year without boils or cellulitis. Thank you for this site! If it wasn't for this site we probably would have continued with the endless cycle of antibiotics and hospitalization.

Replied by Ken
Chattanooga, Tn, Usa
I have been looking for a home remedy that really does what its suppose to. I will try the tumeric and I hope it works. Where is the best place to buy it? Can I get it at GNC or is it special? Any advice is welcome.

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