Watch for S/S of cellulitis in the extremeties. S/S include local tenderness, pain, erythema, malaise, fever, chills. Involved area is red, hot, and swollen.
Cellulitis in the extremeties is common in individuals with diabetes.
TX includes immobilization and elevation of the extremity to reduce swelling.
Prevention includes good skin hygiene, avoid skin trauma, report early skin changes to MD.
Antibiotics are used to treat cellulitis.
Blood cultures, CBC, and even lumbar puncture (with suspected meningitis) are diagnostic.
Treatement of tinea pedis is helpful in preventing cellulitis of legs.
Avoid trauma to feet and legs.