Cellulitis can often be treated at home with a course of antibiotics, although severe cases may need to be treated in hospital.
If you're treated at home, you'll usually be prescribed Penicillin tablets to take two to four times a day for a week.
A longer course may be needed if your symptoms don't improve after a week or youhave an underlying condition that makes cellulitis more difficult to treat,such as lymphoedema .
Commonly prescribed antibiotics includeflucloxacillin,amoxicillin, clarithromycin and co-amoxiclav. Possible side effects can includean upset stomach or diarrhoea .
Your symptoms may get worse in the first 48 hours after treatment starts, but should start to improve soon afterwards.
Make sure you complete the whole course of medicine you're given, even if you're feeling better.
While you're recovering at home, the followingstepscan help ease your symptoms and aid your recovery:
Contact your GP as soon as possible if:
If you need to be admitted to hospital for treatment, you'll be given antibiotics directly into a vein through an injection or a drip (intravenous antibiotics).
Once you've recovered from the initial symptoms, you can usually be treated with antibiotic injections or tablets at home or as an outpatient, rather than staying in hospital.
Cellulitis is a potentially serious infection of the deeper layers of skin. Find out about the symptoms, causes, treatments and possible complications.
Find out about the main symptoms of cellulitis and when to get medical advice.
Cellulitis is usually caused by an infection of the tissues beneath the skin after the surface of the skin is damaged.