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How do people get cellulitis?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
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In brief: Crack in skin

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

In brief: Crack in skin

Bacteria invade lymphatics amd blood through a crack in the feet- ath tees foot or through trauma that allows entry.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Erik McClain
Internal Medicine

In brief: Skin infections

Hi FRivera, 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.

In brief: Skin infections

Hi FRivera, 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.
Dr. Erik McClain
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine

In brief: Usually

It involves some breakdown of your skin as a barrier from infection.
This can be related to trauma or skin disorders like psoriasis. This barrier compromise allows for infective agents like bacteria to "set up shop" and lead to the infectious process known as cellulitis.

In brief: Usually

It involves some breakdown of your skin as a barrier from infection.
This can be related to trauma or skin disorders like psoriasis. This barrier compromise allows for infective agents like bacteria to "set up shop" and lead to the infectious process known as cellulitis.
Dr. Stephen Southard
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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In brief: Getting celllulitis

Cellulitis comes from scratching your skin with dirty nails.
The infection can spread if untreated. An immune compromised person or a diabetic are more prone to it.

In brief: Getting celllulitis

Cellulitis comes from scratching your skin with dirty nails.
The infection can spread if untreated. An immune compromised person or a diabetic are more prone to it.
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
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