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What are the differences between erysipelas and cellulitis?

What are the differences between erysipelas and cellulitis?

Shallow and deep: Erysipelas is a shallow infection usually only to dermis and cellulitis involving deeper tissue like fat (adipose tissue). ...Read more

Dr. Michael Miller
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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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How can we differentiate Erysipelas from cellulitis?

How can we differentiate Erysipelas from cellulitis?

Examination: Erysipelas is a superficial infection of the skin with marked redness, swelling and pain. The infection is usually caused by streptococcus bacteria. Cellulitis is deeper skin infection and usually caused by staphylococci. Often the sharp line of demarcation between normal and infected tissue and the intensity of redness are the main visible differences. ...Read more

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What are the differences between cellulitis & mrsa?

What are the differences between cellulitis & mrsa?

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 very quickly to involve the entire arm or leg and usually responds to normal antibiotics. Mrsa is a type of staph infection that is resistant to normal antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the differences between stasis dermatitis & cellulitis?

What are the differences between stasis dermatitis & cellulitis?

Marked difference: Stasis dermatitis means changes about the ankle area due to venous incompetence, and manifested by increased pigmentation, thickened skin and underlying soft tissue, scaling, itchy skin. Cellulitis is infection in the skin/subcutaneous tissue with redness, often tender to touch, at times associated with fever, and tender lymph nodes in the groin/armpit, depending upon location. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cellulitis? How do you tell the difference between cellulitis and folliculitis?

What are symptoms of cellulitis? How do you tell the difference between cellulitis and folliculitis?

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 difference between cellulitis and mercer infection?

What is difference between cellulitis and mercer infection?

Not much: Cellulitis is caused by multiple different bacteria. Mrsa is the most common bacteria causing cellulitis. ...Read more

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What is the difference in the appearance of cellulitis and an auto immune disorder?

What is the difference in the appearance of cellulitis and an auto immune disorder?

Great difference: Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper layers of skin causing infected areas to look red and swollen and to feel painful and hot. Causes of cellulitis include streptococcus bacteria.

Autoimmune cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. Autoimmune diseases hamper immune response and there is usually no immune response as with cellulitis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lid abscess vs orbital cellulitis?

What is the difference between lid abscess vs orbital cellulitis?

See below: An abscess usually breaks through the skin ANS cellulitis doesn't. Both are serious conditions that require professional medical care. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference between lid abscess and orbital cellulitis?

Please help! What is the difference between lid abscess and orbital cellulitis?

Eye infection: Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the orbit posterior to the orbital septum. Usually from a sinus infection. It can cause limited eye movement, bulging eyes and even blindness. It needs to be traded aggressively with antibiotics and possible surgical drainage if an abscess is present. A lid abscess is a localized collection of pus in the eyelids anterior to the orbital septum. Not as serious. ...Read more

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Are blood tests of any use in determining the difference between gout and cellulitis?

Are blood tests of any use in determining the difference between gout and cellulitis?

The best thing: To do is to tap the joint. Negatively birefridegant crystals is diagnostic of gout.
Blood tests can be helpful. An elevated Uric acid level would be more associated with gout than cellulitis. An elevated white count could occur in both. An elevated ESR could occur in both.
Gout typically is monoarticular, extremely painful this is part of the giveaway. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cellulitis and sepsis?

Big difference: Cellulitis is just infection of skin. Sepsis is if that infection goes to blood and produce chemicals affecting other organs. ...Read more

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Can I tell the difference between venous leg ulcer and cellulitis?

Can I tell the difference between venous leg ulcer and cellulitis?

Deep vs. Surface: Ulcers extend through the skin while cellulitis involves the skin surface. ...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?

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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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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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 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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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 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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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

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What could "secondary to cellulitis" mean?

What could "secondary to cellulitis" mean?

Whatever problem...: You currently have was caused by the previous bout of cellulitis. The cellulitis was primary and the problem it caused is secondary. ...Read more

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What exactly is cellulitis? How do you get it?

What exactly is cellulitis? How do you get it?

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 more

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Please help! What is the origin of cellulitis?

Please help! What is the origin of cellulitis?

Many possibilities: There are various things that could case a cellulitis. The infections can result from fungus, bacterial or due to a virus. Have it evaluated by a professional to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can I eliminate cellulitis? Is it possibile? How?

Can I eliminate cellulitis? Is it possibile? How?

Cellulitis.: Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin. It's superficial and treatable with antibiotics, either topical or oral. Some infections can be very severe and possibly deadly (MRSA), so don't take cellulitis lightly. See a doctor if you have symptoms of redness, warmth and tenderness of an area of your skin, especially if you have fever, chills or sweats. ...Read more

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In what way can you tell if cellulitis is spreading?

In what way can you tell if cellulitis is spreading?

Increased redness: Increased redness and swelling and pain can indicate that the cellulitis is spreading. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Erysipelas?

Strep skin infection: Streptococcus usually causes this. Unlike a cellulitis, an erysipelas tends to have a sharp border, be firm, and to extend into the lymphatics making red lines extending from the main lesion. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cellulitis?

Skin infection: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin characterized by erythema (red), Edema (swelling), warmth, and tenderness. It usually spreads with visually indistinct borders that involve the skin and subcutaneous tissues ...Read more

Dr. Binita Shah
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Erysipelas (Definition)

Streptococcus usually causes this. Unlike a cellulitis, an erysipelas tends to have a sharp border, be firm, and to extend into the lymphatics making red lines extending ...Read more