inflammed/infectd ? 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.
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 (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.