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Cellulitis facts

  • Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath the skin.
  • Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are the types of bacteria that are usually responsible for cellulitis, although many types of bacteria can cause the condition.
  • Sometimes cellulitis appears in areas where the skin has broken open, such as the skin near ulcers or surgical wounds.
  • Symptoms and signs of cellulitis include
    • redness,
    • pain and tenderness,
    • swelling, and
    • warmth of the affected area.
  • Cellulitis can occur anywhere in the body. Cellulitis frequently affects the legs.
  • Cellulitis is not contagious.
  • Complications of cellulitis include spread of the infection into the bloodstream or to other body tissues.
  • Cellulitis is treated with oral or intravenous antibiotics.
Reviewed on 6/12/2017

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