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What is cellulitis?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Skin infection

Cellulitis is infection and inflammation (redness, tenderness, swelling) of the skin.
When antibiotics are used, a bacterial skin infection goes away over a week, if the person is healthy and the bacteria are not resistant to the medication. Slow healing or persistent inflammation means a return visit to the doctor is needed, to see if there is another underlying condition for the infection.

In brief: Skin infection

Cellulitis is infection and inflammation (redness, tenderness, swelling) of the skin.
When antibiotics are used, a bacterial skin infection goes away over a week, if the person is healthy and the bacteria are not resistant to the medication. Slow healing or persistent inflammation means a return visit to the doctor is needed, to see if there is another underlying condition for the infection.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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