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What Over The Counter Medications Can Help With Cellulitis
Topical creams: Creams containing caffeine or theophylline may possibly help. Coconut oil and essential oils have also been recommended. Coenzyme a, apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, cocoa butter vitamins a, c, and e, retinol and retin-a. Strivectin is one brand which contains a retinoid that is promoted for treatment of cellulite and stretch marks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What's the cause ?: 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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What over the counter medicines would relieve cellulitis or infections of the like that is not an ointment or cream?
I have cellulitis that i'm under medication for. Is it safe to drive a long trip if it hasn't completely healed?
Not really: Kinda depends on the cause-- true cellulitis represents an infection of the skin and so needs antibiotics. Occasionally you can improve the inflammation aspect with some otc steroid cream and oral antiinflammatory agent like ibuprofen, but really need antibiotics. If it is a dermatitis, which some may confuse with a cellulitis, then the cream etc may suffice. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bad shape: Hi. That's some bad shape you're in. Most likely your cellulitis & osteomyelitis are in a foot. You need a wound clinic, wound debridement, longterm IV antibiotics, assure adequate arterial supply (may require revascularization), maybe hyperbaric oxygen, and really good, tight blood sugar control. I hope this can be healed and not require amputation; amputation is not the end of the world, however ...Read more