3 doctors weighed in:

What is a home treatment for cellulitis if diabetic?

3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
Thank
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology

In brief: None

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

In brief: None

Cellulitis is not something you should attempt to self-treat, particularly when diabetes is also involved.
See your doctor.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dr. Joseph Eastern
Thank
Dr. Robert Lim
Family Medicine

In brief: Cellulitis- diabetic

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.

In brief: Cellulitis- diabetic

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.
Dr. Robert Lim
Dr. Robert Lim
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
46 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors