Herbs and Cellulitis
Reduce the symptoms and clear the bacterial infection, restoring normal function to the skin
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The CellulitisLess Tonic
Modern herbal formulation
Balance and regulate problems associated with skin and lymphatic malfunction.
What is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a spreading bacterial infection of the skin and the tissues immediately beneath the skin.
Cellulitis may be caused by many different bacteria; the most common are those of the Streptococcus species. Streptococci spread rapidly in the skin because they produce enzymes that hinder the ability of the tissue to confine the infection. Staphylococcus bacteria can also cause cellulitis, as can many other bacteria, especially after bites by humans or animals or after injuries in water or dirt.
Bacteria usually enter through small breaks in the epidermis that result from scrapes, punctures, burns, and skin disorders such as dermatitis. Areas of the skin that become swollen with fluid (edema) are especially vulnerable. However, cellulitis can also occur in skin that is not overtly injured.
Symptoms and Complications
Cellulitis most commonly develops on the legs but can occur anywhere. The first symptoms are redness, pain, and tenderness over an area of skin. These symptoms are caused both by the bacteria themselves and by the body’s attempts to halt the infection. The infected skin becomes hot and slightly swollen and may look slightly pitted, like an orange peel. Fluid-filled blisters, which may be small (vesicles) or large (bullae), sometimes appear on the infected skin. Erysipelas is one form of streptococcal cellulitis in which the skin is bright red and noticeably swollen and the edges of the infected area are raised. The swelling occurs because the infection blocks the lymphatic vessels in the skin.
Most people with cellulitis feel only mildly ill, but some may have a fever, chills, rapid heart rate, headache, low blood pressure, and confusion.
As the infection spreads, nearby lymph nodes may become enlarged and tender (lymphadenitis). Other complications – lymphangitis, skin abscesses, and spread through the blood – are also possible.
When cellulitis affects the same site repeatedly, especially the leg, lymphatic vessels may be damaged, causing permanent swelling of the affected tissue.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A doctor usually diagnoses cellulitis based on its appearance and symptoms. Laboratory identification of the bacteria from blood, pus, or tissue specimens usually is not necessary unless a person is seriously ill. Sometimes, doctors need to perform tests to differentiate cellulitis from a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis, because the symptoms of these disorders are similar.
Prompt treatment with (herbal) antibiotics can prevent the infection from spreading rapidly and reaching the blood and organs. Herbs are effective against both streptococci and staphylococci are used. Also, the affected part of the body, if serious, when possible, is kept immobile and elevated to help reduce swelling. Cool, wet dressings applied to the infected area may relieve discomfort.
Symptoms of cellulitis usually disappear after a few days of herbal antibiotic therapy. However, symptoms often get worse before they get better, probably because with the death of the bacteria, substances that cause tissue damage are released. When this occurs, the body continues to react even though the bacteria are dead. For this reason, this herbal tonic is continued for as long as necessary and then for at least two weeks longer after the symptoms have disappeared.
Acknowledgements to the Merck Manual
We hope that this general tonic the basis of which has helped so many of my patients can help you.
Only whole organic herbs are used. Nothing else is added. The tonic is carefully prepared for your healing by medical herbalist Alan Hopking.
Specific herbs to clear cellulitis.
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