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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria. Cellulitis may go away on its own or you may need treatment. Your healthcare provider may draw a circle around the outside edges of your cellulitis. If your cellulitis spreads, your healthcare provider will see it outside of the circle.
WHILE YOU ARE HERE:
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Caregivers will check your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and temperature. They will also ask about your pain. These vital signs give caregivers information about your current health.
treat the bacterial infection.
- Blood tests may show if your infection is getting better or worse.
- An x-ray, ultrasound, CT, or MRI may show if the infection has spread. You may be given contrast liquid to help the infection show up better in the pictures. Tell the healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to contrast liquid. Do not enter the MRI room with anything metal. Metal can cause serious injury. Tell the healthcare provider if you have any metal in or on your body.
- Abscess drainage may be needed to help clean out the infection.
- Debridement is a procedure used to cut away damaged, dead, or infected tissue to help the wound heal.
If your cellulitis is severe, you may be hospitalized. Your skin may swell and separate from the tissue and bone beneath it. You may have severe swelling in your arms or legs. Your lymph system may become damaged and increase your risk for more cellulitis infections. Your skin and nearby tissues may die and start to peel. Your infection may spread to your bone, blood, kidneys, and heart. This can be life-threatening.
CARE AGREEMENT:You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment.
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