Cellulitis Treatment

Cellulitis can occur on any region of the body, however it is most frequently found on the lower legs, feet, and hands. It is usually caused by a bacterial infection of the skin or fat layer beneath the skin. The bacteria can enter the area through a wound, abrasion, cut, or scratch; although cellulitis can also appear without any apparent underlying trauma. Streptococcus A bacteria is the most common cause, however Staphylococcus Aureus can also cause cellulitis. Both these bacteria are commonly found on the human skin.

Cellulitis often appears suddenly as a painful, red, swollen area that is warm to the touch, or as red streaks up the arm or leg. The redness can often spread quickly. These visible signs and symptoms of an infection are often accompanied by fever, chills, and muscular aches. As cellulitis is a bacterial infection, antibacterial treatment by a physician is recommended. Regular Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) can be implemented once there are no signs or symptoms of the cellulitis in order to promote lymph flow, increase immune function, and reduce the likelihood of a recurrence of the condition.

Individuals with compromised immune function, lymphedema, venous insufficiency, and diabetes are at a greater risk of cellulitis and their infections tend to be worse than in other individuals.

Absolute & Relative Contra-Indications

Contra-indications are conditions or factors that serve as a reason to withhold a certain medical treatment. Due to the effectiveness of Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) in accelerating lymph flow there are a number of health concerns that do not allow individuals to receive MLD.   If you are experiencing any of the following situations please discuss these with a therapist prior to receiving any treatment:

  • Untreated Malignant Diseases
  • Acute Inflammations
  • Recent Thrombosis
  • Cardiac Insufficiency
  • Renal Failure