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Is cellulitis a staph infection?

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Dr. Adam Nally
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not always

The most common cellulitis pathogens (bacteria) are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f) and staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (mrsa).
There are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that are identified in a minority of cases. Fungal infections can also cause cellulits.

In brief: Not always

The most common cellulitis pathogens (bacteria) are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups a, b, c, g, and f) and staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant strains (mrsa).
There are gram-negative aerobic bacteria that are identified in a minority of cases. Fungal infections can also cause cellulits.
Dr. Adam Nally
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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: It could be

Cellulitis can be caused by a number of different bacteria.
Usually streptococcus or staphylococcus is involved but other bacteria are often the culprits as well.

In brief: It could be

Cellulitis can be caused by a number of different bacteria.
Usually streptococcus or staphylococcus is involved but other bacteria are often the culprits as well.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Possibly

The two most common organisms causing cellulitis are bacteria called staph and strep.

In brief: Possibly

The two most common organisms causing cellulitis are bacteria called staph and strep.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Miller
Dr. Michael Miller
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