6 Treatments of Cellulitis

2. Elevate Area

Temporarily elevating the affected area can help to alleviate swelling. This happens because with elevation, less blood is flowing to the area, allowing gravity to take over so that excess fluid can essentially drain away. In general, you want to elevate for cellulitis until the swelling starts to dissipate or as recommended by your doctor.

You should elevate the area enough to allow for fluid drainage, but not so much that you feel the area “falling asleep” and producing pins and needles sensations. If you experience these sensations, simply reduce the height of the elevation until the sensation goes away. Pillows are ideal for elevation since they are soft and should not cause discomfort.