Is cellulitis very contagious?

Whats 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.
Catching cellulitis. To catch cellulitis, one has to have an open lesion or wound that would make it more susceptible to catch the infection or if there was an immune compromised individual or diabetic who can get easily infected due to their weaken state.
No. Cellulitis is caused by bacteria entering thru a break in the skin. While it's not directly contagious, it is caused by bacteria on the surface of the skin which can be transferred from one person to another.

Related Questions

Is cellulitis contagious?

No. The cellulitis in not contagious although the bacteria that cause it are because the infection is not on the skin.
Yes. Cellulitis is probably misidentified as it has an inflammatory component, but almost always is infectious. Therefore yes, it is contagious. Cultures can be taken if there is tissue death or drainage as well as blood cultures for septicemia.
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.

My father has cellulitis is it contagious to me? He has been prescribed keflex as an antibiotic.

Cellulitis. Unless your father has dripping wounds that are not contained by bandages, your risk is relatively low. Washing of hands with soap for at least 30 seconds is a must for everyone in the household or who comes into contact. Of course, no sharing of towels or other garments. Common sense is most important here.
Not contagious. Unless he has an open draining wound, then the risk of view getting it is essentially zero. Cellulitis is an inflammation or infection of the soft tissues, the skin and may involve the fat. The bacterial cause will not travel through the air. Even so, he should keep the area elevated and protected to help reduce his symptoms.
Unlikely. Infectious cellulitis is not a superficial infection, rather one of the subcutaneous tissues just under the skin itself. As a result there would have to be an openening in the skin for this to be possible although even then the risk is fairly low. Furthermore many other kinds of inflammation of the skin masquerade as infection but aren't, especially in the leg.
It can be. .. If the the bacteria enters your body and your body is not able to fight it, you may become infected.

If someone has a problem using meth amphetamines could it cause them to get cellulitis. What would cause it? Needles? Is cellulitis contagious

Yes. Skin puncture can cause skin infections leading to abscess and/or cellulitis. It can be contagious if the needle is shared. Contaminated needles and drugs can also cause it.
Generally needles. Methamphetamine is frequently injected, although smoking is the dominant form of use (free base methamphetamine or "crank" or "ice"). Cellulitis is an infection under the skin that can often lead to abscess or spread of infection. However, poor personal hygiene is notorious in heavy methamphetamine users and that can also contribute to developing celluliis. It's not contagious.
Of course. Methamphetamine may cause side effects including skin problems like dermatitis and cellulitis. See your PCP for evaluation and proper addiction treatment referral.