Cellulitis is a skin disease that affects the outer skin and soft tissues underneath. It is mostly caused by bacterial infections from the Staphylococci and Streptococci group. Cellulitis occurs when bacteria enter a break in the skin and spreads throughout the skin and into the soft tissues leading to inflammation. The most common site of infection is on the legs.
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Oral or parenteral (intramuscular or intravenous) antibiotics treat bacterial infections. The use of parenteral antibiotics is for severe cellulitis. Precaution: Antibiotics must be taken in full complete course (usually 5 to 10 days) depending on the doctor's orders. Side effects: Nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea. Drug interactions: Alcohol, other antibiotics
Analgesics and antipyretics (paracetamol) help lessen fever and pain. Side effects: Stomach complications, nausea, vomiting, acute liver failure. Drug interactions: Alcohol, anticoagulants, hepatic enzyme inducers, hepatotoxic agents.