The medical term for inflammation is ‘itis’. Cellulitis is, therefore, inflammation of cells. It presents as a red area, usually around or spreading from an injury or lesion. Cellulitis can occur at any age but is most commonly found following accidents, allowing bacteria to get underneath the skin and cause infection. The body’s response is to send blood into the area carrying white blood cells and this increase in blood flow causes redness, swelling and pain.

Cellulitis is often associated with ‘tracking’, which is seen as streaks of red travelling away from the area of inflammation through lympathic ducts towards the nearest group of lymph nodes.

Cellulitis can spread very rapidly, especially if the infection is a virulent staphylococcal bacteria. Often associated with conditions that reduce the immune system, such as diabetes, use of steroids, AIDS and nutritional deficiencies, the problem should not be underestimated.


Any cellulitis that is spreading rapidly should be seen by a GP and antibiotics should be utilized along with complementary medicine to help protect against the unwanted side effects from the antibiotics.

If the cellulitis is mild then complementary medical care can be used provided that the condition does not worsen.

Apply hot and cold compresses to the area and clean any associated wound with Arnica, Calendula or Hypericum solution.

Take some white bread, steep in Arnica, Calendula or Hypericum solution, apply to the area and gently wrap with a suitable cloth or bandage.

The homeopathic remedies Apis, Urtica, Belladonna, Calendula and Hypericum can all be reviewed in your homeopathic manual.