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What are the differences between erysipelas and cellulitis

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Shallow and deep: Erysipelas is a shallow infection usually only to dermis and cellulitis involving deeper tissue like fat (adipose tissue).
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Sharp border: Erysipelas has a sharp border. Cellulitis border is ill defined.

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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Examination: Erysipelas is a superficial infection of the skin with marked redness, swelling and pain. The infection is usually caused by streptococcus bacteria. ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology 28 years experience
Drug resistance: Cellulitis is an infection (usually staph) of the fat underneath the skin and can initially involve a small area on the hand or foot but then spread v... Read More
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Wound care 36 years experience
MRSA: Mrsa stands for methicillin resistant staphlococcus aureus; these bugs are more difficult to treat since the majority of antibiotics we have won't wor... Read More
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
Infection v Bacteria: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissues usually caused by the bacteria streptococcus pyogenes and staphylococcus aureus. Mrsa... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Blood leakage: Stasis dermatitis is the leakage of blood from incompetent veins into the skin giving it a red brown color. Cellulitis is a skin infection with heat s... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
See below: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and subcutaneous tissue caused by a small or microscopic break in the skin that allows staphylococcus or strept... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care 36 years experience
Not much: Cellulitis is caused by multiple different bacteria. Mrsa is the most common bacteria causing cellulitis.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matheson Harris
Ophthalmology 16 years experience
Location: An eyelid abscess is generally on the outside of the eye socket (in front of the orbital septum) and is a concentrated, walled off pocket of infection... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Geoffrey Kwitko
Ophthalmology 37 years experience
Eye infection: Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the orbit posterior to the orbital septum. Usually from a sinus infection. It can cause limited eye movement, bu... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelvin Barry
Podiatry 17 years experience
Great difference: Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper layers of skin causing infected areas to look red and swollen and to feel painful and hot. Causes of cellulit... Read More
A 74-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
The best thing : To do is to tap the joint. Negatively birefridegant crystals is diagnostic of gout. Blood tests can be helpful. An elevated Uric acid level would be ... Read More

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