Its treatment involves oral antibiotics, taken for 5 to 14 days. Your doctor may also prescribe pain relievers.
Rest until your symptoms improve. Raise the affected limb higher than your heart to reduce swelling.
Cellulitis should go away within 7 to 10 days after you start taking antibiotics. You might need longer treatment if your infection is severe due to a chronic condition or a weakened immune system.
Even if your symptoms improve within a few days, take all the antibiotics your doctor prescribed. This will make sure all of the bacteria are gone.