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Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria and affects the connective tissues found just under the skin. If left unchecked, this infection can be fatal; in most cases treatment is with antibiotics which are taken orally. If you have any open wounds or seemingly minor cuts, you are at a higher risk of getting cellulitis. Some symptoms include a rapidly spreading rash, pain in the affected area and fever; it is important to seek immediate medical attention once you experience these symptoms.
Acupuncture has been used for years to treat a wide range of ailments and cellulitis is one of them. Before going for acupuncture it is important to consult with your doctor so that you can make an informed decision. Your acupuncturist of choice should also be certified and well experienced if you want the best results.
When you first visit an acupuncturist, he/she will examine you to determine exactly what your condition is and consequently come up with the best way of treating your specific condition. There are some cases where an acupuncturist will stick needles directly on the areas that have been affected by cellulitis. Before commencing treatment you should ask the specialist about the needles that will be going into your body. Be sure to look into how these needles are sterilized in order to avoid additional infections.
Cellulitis is a painful infection and acupuncture is meant to reduce the amount of pain associated with it. The idea here is to increase the amount of energy flowing within your body which will consequently numb a significant amount of pain. Acupuncture specialists believe that we feel pain because of an imbalance of energy within our bodies; acupuncture aims to restore this balance.
A typical acupuncture session will last for about half an hour; all this time you will have needles stuck in your body. The good news however is that rarely will you feel any pain as the needles are pushed into your body, again this is why you need to approach an experienced acupuncturist who understands exactly where the needles need to be stuck in order to avoid unnecessary discomfort.
Acupuncture is supposed to yield results after a few treatments; it is therefore important to take a good look at your skin to determine whether you are benefiting from the same. If there is no improvement it is advisable to cease treatment and return to your physician for further assessment and possible treatment.
Ideally, acupuncture should help get rid of cellulitis but this may not be the case all the time. You may find that the pain you were feeling before you commenced treatment has significantly reduced; other symptoms might also have eased off but the infection might still be present. If you find that you are feeling better after acupuncture go to the hospital and let the doctor take a good look at you to determine whether or not you still have the infection. If you still do, you will be given antibiotics and you can still continue with acupuncture for pain management.