Last Modified on Mar 25, 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!
[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!
Replied by Gillian