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.
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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!
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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Approval Ratings YEA (1) 50% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 50% 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
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