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How can a sunburn cause cellulitis and what is the treatment?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes and no

A sunburn can open the skin barrier to surface germs that can enter the oozing open wound and cause cellulitis or impetigo.
Keeping the burn clean and using antibiotic sprays or ointments can prevent this. If it is progressing, see the doc for additional measures.

In brief: Yes and no

A sunburn can open the skin barrier to surface germs that can enter the oozing open wound and cause cellulitis or impetigo.
Keeping the burn clean and using antibiotic sprays or ointments can prevent this. If it is progressing, see the doc for additional measures.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Avoid bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic as they are common sensitizers. Also they seem to fail to prevent infections. Regular washing is important. Sometimes a burn is confused with cellulitis because most DRS are not clear about the definition of cellulitis.
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