Cellulitis Causes and Symptoms Natural Ways to Treat Cellulitis

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is the common potentially serious skin infection of the deeper layers of the skin and subcutaneous tissues.

Causes of Cellulitis

It is most often caused by staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria, but can also be caused by other types of the bacteria. It occurs in the area where the skin has broken, open  such as cut, scrap, insect bite, ulcer, burn,surgical wound or where skin is breaking down from conditions like eczema, psoriasis or a fungal infection. Although the infection mostly occurs on the lower legs, it may occur anywhere on your body.

Symptoms of Cellulitis

The affected area usually looks red and swollen, and feels hot, tender and painful. Most cases of the cellulitis are mild and tend to resolve within several days or few weeks, but at times, it may progress to a more serious infection or other dangerous problems. So, do consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment, especially if infection is severe, does not get better within a few days, or if you have other medical problems.

Home Remedies for Cellulitis

1. Tea Tree Oil

Due to its strong antibacterial, anti fungal and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is highly beneficial for treating cellulitis. Moisten a cotton swab with water and put one or two drops of tea tree essential oil on it. Dab it on the site of the infection. Leave it on for a few hours before washing it off. Alternatively, you can mix a couple of drops of tea tree oil in one teaspoon of aloe vera gel or raw honey. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for a few hours before rinsing it off. Use either of these remedies once or twice daily until your are satisfied with the results. 

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids, particularly lauric acid which helps fight bacteria. It is also soothing for the skin and has healing properties. Apply coconut oil on the affected area. Leave it on for a few hours and then wash it off. Reapply several times a day until the cellulitis is cured.

3. Turmeric 

turmeric is a powerful natural antibiotic and antiseptic to prevent and treat cellulitis. Its active ingredient curcumin also provides anti-inflammatory benefits. Mix one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk and boil it. You can also add little honey. Drink this turmeric milk once or twice daily until the infection clears.

Alternatively, you can take 400 to 600 mg of standardized curcumin powder, three times daily for several weeks to a couple of months.

You can also make  a turmeric poultice by mixing one tablespoon of raw honey, one teaspoon of turmeric powder and three drops of tea tree oil in one or two teaspoons of bentonite clay, enough to make a paste.

Apply it on the affected area and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off. Use it daily for a few days.

4. Calendula 

Calendula is soothing for tender and inflamed skin, and fights infection. Pluse, it increases blood flow to the affected area and also stimulates the production of collagen, thereby promoting wound healing. Steep two teaspoons of calendula flowers in a cup of hot water for about 10 minutes. Dip a clean piece of cloth in this infusion and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat three or four times daily for a few weeks.

You can also apply calendula cream a few times a day until you see improvement.

5. Oil Of Oregano 

Being nature’s antibiotic, oil of oregano is another effective home remedy for cellulitis. It contains phenolic compounds like carvacrol and thymol with antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti- inflammatory qualities. 

A study published in the journal of drugs in dermatology found that the application of a 3% oregano extract ointment reduced bacterial contamination and subsequent infection in patients with post- surgical wounds.

Dilute 10 to 12 drops of oil of oregano in two tablespoons of olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil or any other carrier oil. Apply it on the affected area and leave it on for a few hours. Wash it off and reapply several times a day. You can also take this oil internally. Mix three drops of oil of oregano in one tablespoon of coconut oil. You can also add one teaspoon of honey. Consume this mixture five times daily for three or four days. Then, take it three times daily for seven to ten days. 

Another option is to mix five drops of oil of oregano in a glass of water or fruit juice. Drink it three to five times daily for a few days and then reduce the dosage to three drops as a maintenance dose for about ten days. 

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