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If you’ve already had the pleasure of suffering from a bacterial cellulitis infection, you know what an absolutely uncomfortable and painful experience it can be. You also likely know that once you’ve had cellulitis of the legs once it’s much more likely you’ll have it again, and the thought of having to go through yet another bout of cellulitis is about as appealing as getting some cavities filled at the dentist without any anesthetic. However, there are some things you can do to help keep your cellulitis under control and prevent too many recurrences; here are some of the best methods to reduce your chances of another case.

Better Living Through Chemistry

When you were first diagnosed with cellulitis, you were probably prescribed a strong dose of antibiotics to knock it out of your system. Unless you’re allergic, you were most likely given a series of penicillin tablets to take, which would have cleared the infection up rather well and with some speed. While there’s no argument about how effective penicillin can treat infections, medical research has currently been delving into how well it can actually prevent infections from returning – and in the case of cellulitis, some success has been had with low doses of penicillin over long periods of time. This may be a possible solution for you, but you should definitely talk it over with your doctor; many medical professionals are a bit hesitant to prescribe even a low dose of an antibiotic for extended periods of time because of fears that it could lead to the development of treatment-resistant strains of bacteria as a result.

Better Living Through Living Better

If the idea of pumping yourself full of antibiotics for months and months at a time doesn’t appeal to you, there are other ways to go about keeping yourself healthier and hopefully free of a recurrent cellulitis infection. If you’re overweight or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes you should know that both of these conditions have been linked to a higher rate of cellulitis; however, if you take the time to change your lifestyle and make attempts to both control your diabetes and lose some of that excess weight through diet and exercise you can easily begin to reduce your risk for a recurrent cellulitis infection. The whole diet-and-exercise approach has added benefits as well, such as providing you with greater energy levels and increasing your overall health, but it’s also not foolproof; you might have a lowered chance of getting another case of cellulitis of the legs, but even people at the pinnacle of health can end up with a bacterial infection as well. In other words, don’t feel bad if you work hard to keep yourself healthy just to end up with another case.