Table of Contents
- Cellulitis facts
- What is cellulitis?
- What are cellulitis symptoms and signs?
- Where does cellulitis occur?
- What does cellulitis look like?
- What are cellulitis risk factors?
- What causes cellulitis? Is cellulitis contagious?
- What types of doctors treat cellulitis?
- How is cellulitis diagnosed, and what is the treatment for cellulitis?
- Can cellulitis be prevented?
- What is the outlook/prognosis for cellulitis? What are complications of cellulitis?
Cellulitis usually begins as a small area of pain and redness on the skin. This area spreads to surrounding tissues, resulting in the typical signs of inflammation -- redness, swelling, warmth, and pain. A person with cellulitis can also develop fever and/or swollen lymph nodes in the area of the infection.
Quick GuideBacterial Infections 101: Types, Symptoms, and Treatments
- Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath the skin.
- Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are the types of bacteria that are usually responsible for cellulitis, although many types of bacteria can cause the condition.
- Sometimes cellulitis appears in areas where the skin has broken open, such as the skin near ulcers or surgical wounds.
- Symptoms and signs of cellulitis include
- swelling, and
- warmth of the affected area.
- Cellulitis can occur anywhere in the body. Cellulitis frequently affects the legs.
- Cellulitis is not contagious.
- Complications of cellulitis include spread of the infection into the bloodstream or to other body tissues.
- Cellulitis is treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics. Continue Reading
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