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How Do People Get Cellulitis
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. ?Symptoms and signs include redness, tenderness, swelling, and warmth of the affected area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cellulitis: It is infection / inflammation of connective tissue. It results in limited involvement of the dermis with relative sparing of epidermis. Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aurueus are the most common pathogens. A break in the skin from trauma, insect bite, previous surgery predisposes to cellulitis It is common in immunocompromised hosts, diabetics and those with lymphatic obstruction ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many Causes: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would happen if left cellulitis untreated? Will it always get worse or would it resolve itself
Could be quick: If you have immune compromise it could be hours, if not it might take a day or two. Immune compromise can be from diabetes mellitus, cancer or if you've received an organ donation and take suppressive drugs. Those taking Prednisone or rheumatoid arthritis medications can also catch infections easily. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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