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How common can cellulitis become septic?

How common can cellulitis become septic?

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.

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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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Can a cellulitus hand become septic after 1 1/2 days of antibiotics?

Can a cellulitus hand become septic after 1 1/2 days of antibiotics?

Yes: See your doc if it's not getting better-- may be either wrong antibiotic or possibly deeper space infection which could need drainage. May take afewdays to resolve, but should see some improvement.

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Can cellulitis cause death?

Can cellulitis cause death?

Yes: But not commonly so. Cellulitis is an infection in the skin. The most common bacterial types causing cellulitis are strep and staph. Antibiotics are used to treat cellulitis and many cases are treated on an outpatient basis. Severe cases of cellulitis are treated in the hospical with intravenous (IV) antibiotics.

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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.

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What does cellulitis look like?

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.

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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.

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Would minor cellulitis go away on its own?

Would minor cellulitis go away on its own?

Possibly: Yes, this may occur. Especially if you are otherwise healthy. Keep an eye on it however, and if the area of redness is spreading, see your M.D.

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What is the best way to remove cellulitis fat?

What is the best way to remove cellulitis fat?

Cellulaze: I think you are asking about cellulite. Cellulaze combines the effects of liposuction and laser release of the attachments that cause the appearance of dimpling in cellulite. Endermology may also have some benefit especially when combined eith cellulaze as a multimodality treatment.

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What effect does cellulitis have on your body?

Fever,: At first swelling and fever. Left untreated you can develop whole body infection with bacteria spreading to your heart. If not treated early it will require intravenous antibiotics in the hospital.

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How does a person know if they have cellulitis?

You don't know.: You need an evaluation by a physician and it may not be cellulitis. There are skin condition that look like cellulitis, like venous stasis dermatitis or contact dermatitis...So you should be seen and examined.

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What can increase the risks of getting cellulitis?

What can increase the risks of getting cellulitis?

Skin infections: Hi ATaylor, cellulitis is a superficial infection of the skin. It is usually treated with antibiotics. It is not a chronic disease. There may be other health problems that can cause it to recur such as diabetes, obesity, poor circulation, steroid use, chronic swelling, open sores, and unclean skin. Addressing those issues should help keep it from coming back. Hope that helps.

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What are the usual clinical symptoms of cellulitis?

What are the usual clinical symptoms of cellulitis?

Red, pain: Usually the skin will appear red, tender to touch or when you move, may have fever. May notice spreading if not treated appropriately- so should see your doc.

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My fiance believes he has cellulitis. How can he know for sure?

My fiance believes he has cellulitis. How can he know for sure?

Hot red ask a DR: cellulitis is an inflammation of the skin it may be caused by infection or other things but it will be red painful and hot to the touch it may or may not have drainage too ask a doctor

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What do you suggest if my boyfriend believes he has cellulitis?

What do you suggest if my boyfriend believes he has cellulitis?

Seek care: Evaluation by physician is indicated as antibiotics would be required to treat the cellulitis. Warm soaks can help increase blood flow to area to deliver more antibiotics.

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Will cellulitis kill me?

Will cellulitis kill me?

Usually not: Particularly if you get the right antibiotics at the appropriate time. In some cases, cellulitis can lead to septic shock and death.

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Is cellulitis contagious?

No: The cellulitis in not contagious although the bacteria that cause it are because the infection is not on the skin.

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Is cellulitis a type of mrsa?

Is cellulitis a type of mrsa?

It could be: Cellulitis is a complex clinical picture of infection which could be caused among others by the mrsa.

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Is cellulitis very contagious?

Is cellulitis very contagious?

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.

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Is MRSA and cellulitis the same?

No: Cellulitis is a skin infection. Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus is a type of bacteria which is one possible, and increasingly common, cause of it. It is a type of bacteria.

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