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Cellulitis (Definition)

A common skin condition that is caused by bacteria. Common symptoms may include fever, a skin sore that appears suddenly and grows quickly, and redness, pain, and tenderness ...Read more


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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin manifest by redness, pain and swelling spreading in the skin. It is most commonly found on the lower extremity and is caused mostly by group a strep or staph. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis = inflammation of the skin often due to bacterial infection. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Many Causes: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis?

What is cellulitis?

Inflammation: Cellulitis is redness and inflammation of the skin. Often associated with infection. May need treated with antibiotics. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Is cellulitis serious?

Is cellulitis serious?

Cellulitis is severe: Cellulitis is an infection. If you are healthy, the infection usually will improve once treatment begins. However, if neglected it can be serious and can spread systemically.
Go see hour doctor or other health professional and get an antibiotic for the infection. ...Read more

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What causes cellulitis?

What causes cellulitis?

Bacteria: Infection inside the skin with swelling and heat which requires oral antibiotics for 10 days. Recurrences are possible. Treat any athletes foot infection to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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How does cellulitis start?

How does cellulitis start?

Any skin opening: Any skin opening from a bug bite to an injury or scratch can allow bacteria to penetrate into the skin and grow which is cellulitis. ...Read more

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How can cellulitis spread?

How can cellulitis spread?

Bloodstream: Bacteria can spread through the blood throughout the body potentially in rare cases becoming a serious whole body infection. ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause death?

Can cellulitis cause death?

Yes: Cellulitis is a description of a skin infection most commonly caused by staphylococcus or streptococcus. If the organism causing the infection spreads to the blood stream sepsis and shock can result. Sepsis can be fatal, especially in someone with other medical problems like diabetes. ...Read more

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Can you die from cellulitis?

Can you die from cellulitis?

Rarely: The infection in severe cases can spread causing sepsis. It is best to treat early with antibiotics so that infection resolves and does cause complications such as scarring, color change or systemic effects. ...Read more

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How do you treat cellulitis?

How do you treat cellulitis?

Streaking infection: Cellulitis may appear as a small streak over the skin due to an infection or it may appear as redness surrounding an infection. The skin can get red and streaks can appear to and from a wound. Skin may get cellulitis from a simple scratch with dirty fingernails. Be careful and avoid this by washing your hands and stop scratching your skin. ...Read more

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Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Any ways to cure cellulitis?

Find the cause: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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How can I reduce cellulitis?

How can I reduce cellulitis?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. ...Read more

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How do people get cellulitis?

How do people get cellulitis?

Crack in skin: Bacteria invade lymphatics amd blood through a crack in the feet- ath
tees foot or through trauma that allows entry. ...Read more

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Is there tests for cellulitis?

No: Just clinical exam of swelling het and redness not associated with a vein problem. See a doctor if there is any chance that you have cellulitis. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis last?

Weeks: If untreated itvwill not resolve and get worse with bacteria spreading into your system. Must be treated early with appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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What does cellulitis look like?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read more

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How to ease pain from cellulitis?

How to ease pain from cellulitis?

Cellulitis: Most of the time, treatment involves antibiotics taken by mouth and close follow-up by your doctor. You may be given painkillers.

You should raise the infected area higher than your heart to reduce swelling. Rest until your symptoms improve. ...Read more

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How easy is it to cure cellulitis?

How easy is it to cure cellulitis?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for cellulitis?

Exam: Really physical exam is best-- occasionally doc may check labs to determine extent of infections. G white blood cell count. Depending on severity/location, possible may need imaging studies to rule out underlying abscess such as ultrasound, mri, ct. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cellulitis?

What sort of disease is cellulitis?

Skin disorder: Redness and swelling of the skin, commonly infectious in origin. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have cellulitis?

How do I know if I have cellulitis?

Redness: Cellulitis is a skin and subcutaneous tissue infection. This results in erythema (redness), tenderness, heat in the tissues. Fever and lymphangitic streaking. Requires antibiotic therapy, often IV antibiotics to treat. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cellulitis?

Redness swelling pai: Cellulitis causes pain, redness, swelling, warmth and loss of function of the affected area. There may be fever, local discharge and in severe cases, abscess formation and tissue necrosis. Rarely cellulitis causes rapid necrosis, commonly known as flesh eating bacterial infection. ...Read more

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How long can cellulitis go undetected?

How long can cellulitis go undetected?

Not long: If you have cellulitis the infection that is caused by it could produce pain with in hours. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis usually last?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender). It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read more

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What is cellulitis? How do you get it?

What is cellulitis? How do you get it?

Infection: cellulitis is a infection in the skin and tissue beneath the skin, caused by bacteria and sometimes by fungus.

Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are the types of bacteria that are usually responsible for cellulitis, although many types of bacteria can cause the condition.

â—¾Symptoms and signs include redness, tenderness, swelling, and warmth of the affected area. ...Read more

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What could cause cellulitis to reoccur?

What could cause cellulitis to reoccur?

Reinfected: Usually it is re-infection not re-occurrence. For example, when a person developed cellulitis on lower legs, he/she might have fungal infection involving feet, toe webs or toes. The fungal infection causes open wound in those areas. Later, bactiriae might enter these channels, reaching lower legs and developing the cellulitis again. The fungal infection should be treated in the first palce. ...Read more

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How long does cellulitis take to treat?

How long does cellulitis take to treat?

What's the cause?: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be caused by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, the treatment changes. If you keep having recurrences, the treatments are wrong, seek another opinion. Time to heal is based on cause. ...Read more

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Is there any OTC medicine for cellulitis?

Is there any OTC medicine for cellulitis?

Not really: Kinda depends on the cause-- true cellulitis represents an infection of the skin and so needs antibiotics. Occasionally you can improve the inflammation aspect with some otc steroid cream and oral antiinflammatory agent like ibuprofen, but really need antibiotics. If it is a dermatitis, which some may confuse with a cellulitis, then the cream etc may suffice. ...Read more