Gold Coast Naturopath: Natural treatments for cellulitis

5 May 2015 1:40 PMLicensee Person Gold Coast Naturopath: Natural treatments for cellulitis

Gold Coast Naturopath Petries Cottage’s top natural treatments for cellulitis include the following suggestions and should only be used in consultation with your Petries Cottage Naturopath.

Cellulitis is a common  bacterial infection involving the skin.

Not to be confused with cellulite, it specifically affects the dermis and subcutaneous fat.

Signs and symptoms include an area of redness which increases in size over a couple of days and most commonly affect obese people, people with a weakened immune system, as well as people with diabetes, blood circulation problems and other conditions.

The area of infection is usually painful and the person may have a fever and feel tired.

The legs and face are the most common site involved, though cellulitis can occur on any part of the body.

The leg is typically affected following a break in the skin. For face infections a break in the skin beforehand is not usually the case. The bacteria most commonly involved are streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus. In contrast to cellulitis, erysipelas is a bacterial infection involving the more superficial layers of the skin, presents with an area of redness with well-defined edges, and more often is associated with fever.

As always prevention is better than a cure, and we encourage regular exercise, healthy diet and a balance of natural treatments to give your body the best chance of avoiding cellulitis.

Along with the natural treatments you are also encouraged to speak with your family doctor so you can make a balanced decision on your course of treatment.

Gold Coast naturopaths top natural treatments for cellulitis 

Gold Coast Naturopath Petries Cottage’s top natural treatments for cellulitis include the following suggestions and should only be used in consultation with your Petries Cottage Naturopath.

1. Tea Tree Oil, due to its strong antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, tea tree oil is highly beneficial for treating cellulitis. Follow the dilution instruction and use once or twice a day until you are satisfied with the result.

2. Turmeric is a powerful natural antibiotic and antiseptic to prevent and treat cellulitis. Its active ingredient curcumin also provides anti-inflammatory benefits. By incorporating tumeric into your daily diet and health regime you will keep your body healthy as well as spicing up meal time.

3. Calendula is soothing for tender and inflamed skin, and fights infection. Plus, it increases blood flow to the affected area and also stimulates the production of collagen, thereby promoting wound healing.

4. Oil of Oregano is considered nature’s antibiotic and is another effective home remedy for cellulitis. It contains phenolic compounds like carvacrol and thymol with antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory qualities.

5. Manuka honey is native to our friend across the ditch in New Zealand is effective in controlling staph infections. The active compounds in this honey have also been found to inhibit antibiotic-resistant MRSA (Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus). Manuka honey will also help speed up wound healing.

There are also a number of other natural treatments available to treat cellulitis including garlic and echinacea so we recommend making an appointment for a private consultation and to fully understand your individual needs and your current level of health.

And as mentioned previously in this article we recommend you speak to your naturopathic consultant at Petries Cottage before undertaking any treatments.

Contact Petries Cottage today.