When cellulitis was first identified in 1860 it was just considered an inflammatory condition and there was no treatment given. Around 1865 the condition was recognized as a bacterial infection. The type of bacteria that was causing the infection would eventually be identified, which allowed doctors to prescribe the most effective antibiotics.

When the infection didn’t respond to commonly prescribed antibiotics, MRSA was suspected and MRSA cellulitis was identified. Currently when diagnosing this bacterial infection, a medical history will be taken.

Medical History of the Patient

A medical doctor can determine cellulitis risks by getting a medical history of the patient. The medical history will include the following:

  • Other infections
  • Illnesses
  • Injuries
  • Medications being taken
  • Infection details

A person with a history of cellulitis is at an increased risk of additional infections. Antibiotic usage can increase the risk of a cellulitis infection along with a history of medical issues that cause the immune system to weaken. Poor blood flow due to age, lack of mobility, and some medical conditions like diabetes, can increase the chances of getting this type of infection. Treatment for this type of bacterial infection has changed through the years.

 The Development of Cellulitis Treatment

At first there was no way to identify what bacteria was the cause of the infection so there was no treatment for cellulitis. In the case of orbital (infection around the eye) and pariorbital (infection of the eyelid) cellulitis, blindness often resulted due to the lack of treatment. Once antibiotics began to be used for cellulitis, the infection could be kept under control and blindness was no longer a huge risk. Current cases of this type of infection generally start showing signs of improvement within a few days after antibiotics are started unless the cause is MRSA, which require additional antibiotics and possibly additional treatment.

Cellulitis Developing into MRSA

Staph or strep bacteria usually cause cellulitis. When the staph bacterium is MRSA, different antibiotics will be necessary and precautions to avoid the spread of the bacteria will need to be followed. If the bacteria didn’t spread to other parts of the body, it will usually clear up without further complications. The type of bacteria will need to be identified from a swab of the area to prescribe the best antibiotic.

Cellulitis doesn’t have a very exciting history and generally runs its course without complications.