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Cellulitis is usually treated with antibiotics

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Prescription Oral Antibiotics

Most mild cases of cellulitis are treated with prescription oral antibiotics. Patients should notice a regression of the infection within two to three days of starting antibiotics. But, they will need to complete the whole cycle of antibiotics prescribed by their doctor. 

Intravenous Antibiotics

In some cases, oral antibiotics are not sufficient to completely treat cellulitis. People with more severe cases may need to go to the hospital to receive intravenous antibiotics. High fever, extensive area of the skin affected, and persisting symptoms after oral antibiotics are some of the signs that hospitalization is required.

Can Cellulitis Go Away on its Own?

Less severe cases of cellulitis may resolve on their own. However, you may need prescription oral antibiotics, too. In most cases, cellulitis disappears a few days after starting antibiotics. More severe cellulitis may require hospitalization and administration of antibiotics through the veins. 

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