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Are there any home remedies for erisypelas in foot?

A lady friend 81 yearts old has erisypelas in one foot and was given anibiotics which closed the blisters and the pus coming from them is gone. However her foot is red, swollen and very painful. She was given a topic medication (I don't know what that is) and pain killer. Is there any home/natural remedy to cure her foot?
Wed, 12 Mar 2014
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Erysipelas is a bacterial infection in the upper layer of your skin. It is similar to another skin disorder known as cellulitis, an infection in the lower layers of your skin. The bacteria that most commonly cause erysipelas are known as streptococci, and they normally live on your skin and other body surfaces without causing harm. They can, however, enter your skin through a cut or a sore.

Usually, the affected body part must be raised higher than the rest of your body to reduce swelling. In your case leg is affected, you should aim to rest as much as possible with the leg elevated above your hip. For example, lie down, and prop your leg up on some cushions. It is important to get up and walk about from time to time and to keep up your fluid intake. The almond cold pressed oil is one of the most efficient way to get rid of the anesthetic erysipelas red spots. All you need to do is to anoint your skin with the almond oil twice a day, early in the morning and right before bedtime.
Antibiotic treatment and usually penicillin is the kind of treatment that would be used in case of erysipelas and antibiotics are a must. All the best

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