- Cellulitis is a spreading 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 include redness, tenderness, swelling, and warmth of the affected area.
- Cellulitis is not contagious.
- Cellulitis is treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics.
Reviewed on 1/9/2015
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