21 Home Remedies for Cellulitis
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection in the skin and directly under the skin. The infection can cause pain, fever, redness, and chills. Luckily, we have home remedies for cellulitis and its symptoms.
What Causes Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is caused by a number of different bacterias that spread across the skin with great haste because of enzymes that are produced to stop the confining of the bacteria that cause the infection and the infection itself.
The bacteria can spread through and across the skin through the little breaks in the skin. These little cracks can cause little cuts, hangnails, athlete’s foot, punctures, scrapes, and burns. If left untreated, the damages done by cellulitis may require surgery.
What are Some Symptoms?
Cellulitis can be pinpointed by pain, redness, tenderness of the skin, and those signs occurring on only one of the body. Cellulitis can also be found by the skin taking on different textures. The skin can look similar to the skin of an orange and blisters filled with fluid can form.
Along with the issues on the skin, the infection can also result in headaches, chills, low blood pressure, and rapid heart rate. If the condition is more severe than usual, you may also suffer confusion.
If you think that you have Cellulitis, you need to speak to your doctor. This skin infection is best treated with antibiotics. If the fluid-filled blisters get bad enough, you may need a doctor to drain or lance them. The tips given here are given in hopes of helping you to fight the infection faster and to relieve some of the pain and discomfort. So, use these home remedies for cellulitis along with whatever medicine your doctor gives you, not in lieu of whatever your doctor prescribes.
Home Remedies for Cellulitis
Coconut oil is full of anti-inflammatories and antimicrobials because of the medium-chain fatty acids. It can also help in keeping your skin moist. The coconut will not a large amount for getting rid of cellulitis, but it can help to ease some of the pain and stop it from coming back.
To use coconut oil in aiding cellulitis, take a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil and rub the oil into the pain or affected oil. You want to leave the oil on the skin to let it absorb so that the skin can take everything in.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial that also have a part in battling cellulitis. To use tea tree oil to calm redness and swelling, you need to mix a tablespoon of coconut oil and two drops of the tea tree oil. Once the two are mixed together, you should apply it the affected skin. After about two or three hours, you want to rinse the oil mixture off with water.
Cold and Hot Compress
Using an ice pack or a heating pad for 15 to 20 minutes can drastically reduce swelling and pain that can come with cellulitis. You can use either one or use one then other shortly after you stop using the first. You can repeat two to three times a day depending on how much pain you are in.
Oregano oil has antibacterial properties and other properties that can help you to heal from cellulitis that much faster. All you need to do to use oregano oil is to mix three or four drops of the oil with a tablespoon of a carrier oil. After you have the oil mixture, apply it to the affected area and leave it in place for three or four hours before rinsing it off with water.
Turmeric Paste Mixture
This is another paste you can make to apply to the skin that is causing you pain. You need to mix a tablespoon of honey, a teaspoon of turmeric powder, and two or three drops of tea tree oil. Apply the paste to the affected skin and leave in place for 15 or 20 minutes before washing it off with room temperature water. For the best results, repeat this two a day for a week.
This paste should be able to help you at least a little bit when it comes to the swelling and fighting the infection. The honey also has healing properties that should be able to help you with the cellulitis.
Epsom salts have plenty of magnesium that can help to calm inflammation and the pain that it causes with cellulitis. It is very easy to use Epsom salts to your advantages. All you need to do is take a 15 or 20 minute bath with a cup of Epsom salts.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This is another thing you can add to a 15 or 20 minute bath. You need to add a cup or two of apple cider vinegar to a slightly warmed bath water. If you are feeling discomfort and do not have time for a bath, you can also just dilute the apple cider vinegar and apply it to the area that is bothering you.
Apple cider vinegar should be able to help you a bit because it can calm swelling and the pain that is brought with cellulitis while helping to keep the infection from coming back in the future.
Fenugreek seeds are good for calming the symptoms of cellulitis. These seeds have anti-inflammatories, flavonoids, antimicrobial, and analgesic. All of these help to calm the swelling and pain while helping to kill the bacteria that results in the cellulitis.
To use the fenugreek seeds is going to take a little bit of time, but it will be worth the wait. Soak the seeds overnight in water and then grind them the next the morning into a paste while they are still soft. After you have the paste, you need to apply it to the affected area and leave it there for an hour or so before washing it off with room temperature water. You can use this paste up to twice a day.
Use two or three cloves of garlic to make a paste by mushing up the garlic and apply to the affected skin and washing it off after an hour or two. You can also add garlic to your everyday diet.
Making this paste or adding garlic to diet is a wise thing to because garlic has the power to calm pain and inflammation that is caused by cellulitis.
Vitamins E and C
Both vitamin E and vitamin C are helpful. Vitamin E helps to protect and heal your skin while vitamin C builds up your immunity so cellulitis is weakened and your immunity system becomes stronger.
This herb helps your circulation and metabolism which can speed up your recovery time when fighting cellulitis. You can make ginkgo biloba into a tea. Add a teaspoon or two of the herb to boil in a cup of water for about five minutes. After the five minutes, you want to take the leaves out before adding honey (to taste if you want it). The last step is to just enjoy the tea before to cool.
Manuka honey or organic honey have both antibacterial and healing components that help you to heal faster and can keep the bacteria that result in cellulitis away.
One of the easiest ways to use either kind of honey is by applying like a type of lotion. Just gently lather some honey on the affected area. You should the honey there for an hour or before you rinse it off with some water.
To use yogurt against cellulitis, you just need to eat a daily bowl of plain yogurt. This idea might not be the tastiest, but you can feel free to add some honey to it. If the taste of the plain yogurt is something that you can stand stand, you can actually apply the yogurt to the area of the skin that causing you discomfort.
Yogurt has plenty of probiotics that help your body to build more good bacteria that can help you fight the bad bacteria, and it also contains inflammatories that should help to ease the pain.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) helps to keep away the bacteria that causes cellulitis. Using GSE can also help to reduce the swelling that often comes with cellulitis.
To use GSE, you only need to make a simple drink and drink it three times a day. All that you need is five ounces of water and five to ten drops of GSE. You need to make the mixture anew each time.
This is a kind of tea that you can get in a tea bag or you can make on your own. If you are making it on your own, you need to boil two teaspoons of dandelion in a cup of water. After five or ten minutes, you need to strain the tea and add some honey. Drink this tea two or three times a day. The tea will help to calm inflammation that cellulitis brings.
Activated charcoal is great for drawing impurities out the skin. Drawing out some of the cellulitis bacteria should help you to recover more quickly. You need a tablespoon of activated charcoal, a tablespoon of ground up flaxseed, and enough water to make it paste.
Apply this paste to a piece of paper towel. Place the paper towel on the affected and keep it in place with some medical tape. Keep the paper towel in place overnight. For the best results, you need to repeat this every night for three or four days.
This herb is one that you can find in teas and you can find some lotions that contain this herb as well. Echinacea will do wonders for dealing with the cellulitis bacteria and inflammation. Taking echinacea tablets can also be helpful.
While this herb can be helpful towards cellulitis, you should not use it if you have autoimmune issues like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.
For this home remedy for cellulitis, you will need two tablespoons of calendula flower boiled in water for ten minutes. Let the water cool just enough that it will not burn your skin and apply the water to the affected skin. Rinse the water off with straight water after about 15 minutes. You can do this up to four times a day for about three weeks.
This flower is helpful for fighting cellulitis because it helps to improve blood flow so that the collagen in your blood can help you body to heal faster.
Be Mindful of Cuts
If you know that you have a weaker the usual immune system, you need to make sure to keep the little cuts clean and protected. It doesn’t matter if it is a small hangnail, a tiny paper cut, the little cuts on the insides of your fingers that you do not entirely how they got there. Cellulitis causing bacteria can get into the smallest of cuts so you need to be careful.
Hygiene is very important for keeping just about infection away, but it is even more important when fighting off cellulitis or trying to keep it away. The cleaner your skin is, the less of a chance there is of getting this skin infection.
Wash your hand often, shower every day, keep your bedding clean and soft, keep you nails short, use lotions so that your skin does not crack, do not share hygiene products. Drinking enough water is also important because being dehydrated can lead to dry, cracking, or peeling skin.
Pineapple is loaded with enzymes that can help to battle the cellulitis. There are no odd tricks and things that you need to try with this tip. All you need to do for this tip is to enjoy a serving of pineapple everyday. And you do not have to worry about the pineapple getting tasteless because there are almost countless ways to cook and enjoy it.
Which of these home remedies for cellulitis will you try? Comment below!
Cellulitis Picture by Rapheal Lopez.