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What is a home treatment for cellulitis if diabetic?

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Dr. Robert Lim answered

Specializes in Family Medicine

If you are diabetic, having cellulitis is more serious, and you should see your doctor/provider. He/she can determine if the infection is extensive enough to warrant hospitalization with IV antibiotics, or need surgical debridement. If he/she thinks it is limited, and can be treated with antibiotics, then it can be treated at home, accordingly. Please see your doctor for this.

Answered Apr 18, 2018

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Dr. Joseph Eastern answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Cellulitis is not something you should attempt to self-treat, particularly when diabetes is also involved. See your doctor.

Answered May 7, 2013

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Dr. Michael Miller answered

Specializes in Wound care

Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender) . It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong.

Answered Apr 18, 2018

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