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how common can cellulitis become septic?

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
Wound care 35 years experience
Cellulitis: Cellulitis is an inflammation of the skin; the usual reference to this term is that the inflammation is caused from a bacterium. If the infection becomes overwhelming, the bacteria works it's way into the bloodstream resulting in sepsis.
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
Not commonly : Most cellulitis infections are superficial but if left untreated can be problematic.

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How do people get cellulitis?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Crack in skin: Bacteria invade lymphatics amd blood through a crack in the feet- ath tees foot or through trauma that allows entry.
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What might happen if I dont get cellulitis treated?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care 38 years experience
Worsening infection: Cellulitis is a skin infection. Normally oral antibiotics will cure the infection. If the infection is left untreated the infection cold worsen and spread internally into the blood stream. A blood stream infection would then require hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics.Blood stream infections are potentially fatal.
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Sepsis, bone infection, amputation, altered mental status, coma, organ failure.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What can increase the risks of getting cellulitis?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Athletes foot: The bacteria that cause cellulitis get into the skin through a caack on the soles of the feet or between the toes.
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What tests can my doctor do to diagnose cellulitis?

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Dr. Brittany Chan
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Pediatrics 10 years experience
None or cultures: Cellulitis is a clinical diagnosis, which means doctors may diagnose it on history and physical exam alone. Cellulitis has a characteristic look and presents as an area of redness, swelling and warmth. Doctors can do wound or blood cultures, but these tests will not help make a definitive diagnosis of cellulitis.
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How easy is it to cure cellulitis?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
It depends: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissue, often by an infection. It is commonly treated with an antibiotic. The success & duration of treatment depends on the extent and depth of the infection, whether surgical drainage is necessary, the type of bacteria causing the infection, and the patient's other medical conditions.

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