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what are the differences between erysipelas and cellulitis

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience in Dermatology
Shallow and deep: Erysipelas is a shallow infection usually only to dermis and cellulitis involving deeper tissue like fat (adipose tissue).

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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
23 years experience in Family Medicine
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
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience in Dermatology
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
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience in Dermatology
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
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience in Pediatrics
Septicemia: Bacteremia means presence of bacteria in the blood stream. Septicemia (also called sepsis) is a state of microbial invasion from a portal of entry int ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience in General Surgery
Blood flow: inflammation is a normal response to an injury or infection, causing redness, soreness, warmth, and swelling. Now, gangrene is a condition wherein the ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Word games: Someone who is septic has experienced septicemia. The "emia" means it got there through the blood stream. It means germs or their toxic products have ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
related: Sirs are the signs of an activated immune response, increased temperature, respiratory rate, elevated white count etc while sepsis is sirs plus a sign ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Bugs and boils: MRSA stands for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, an increasingly common bacteria that can cause different clinical conditions from boils o ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
22 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Big difference: Cellulitis is just infection of skin. Sepsis is if that infection goes to blood and produce chemicals affecting other organs.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jess Crosier
30 years experience in Pathology
Fungus: All dermatomycosis are dermatophytosis, but not other way around. Dermatophytons are keratin eating fungi, think 'ring worm'. Fungi just happening ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffery Dormu
22 years experience in Vascular Surgery
Veins: Phlebitis is related to inflamation in the veins. It usually occurs in the superficial system in the legs. This is different from an infection which ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Penicillins: Ampicillin belongs to the penicillin group of beta-lactam antibiotics.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Nothing: They are essentially the same thing.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francisco Medina-mejia
40 years experience in General Practice
Mono vrs meningitis: Mononucleosis makes you sick, could also give you meningitis (not so common but). When you add mono illness, confusion, disorientation, severe headach ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Subdisciplines: A dermatopathologist is a physician who makes diagnoses on biopsies of the skin, especially those cases that present special challenges to the general ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Word games: There are overlapping features with both terms. In general, a bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) is an early stage of what may become sepsis.Sometimes ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
Good question: When blood supply is interrupted the segment tissue that receives blood will die scar tissue will fill the gap as seen in heart attach myocardial inf ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Staph/strep TSS: Even though both can cause toxic shock syndrome.Staph is more likely to cause it and is more severe than strep causing tss.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience in Endocrinology
Staph: Great wikipedia question. Different strains of Staph.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
49 years experience in Dermatology
Interchangable: The difference between dermatitis and eczema is more or less academic. Dermatitis emphasizes "inflammation" which only reveals in pathological tissue ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harris Lilienfeld
52 years experience in Pediatrics
Different rashes: erythema toxucum is a rash usually seen after birth consisting of effervescent rash spotty rash, not itchy and resolves spontaneously without ant trea ... Read More

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