Table of Contents
- Cellulitis facts
- What is cellulitis?
- What are cellulitis symptoms and signs?
- Where does cellulitis occur?
- What does cellulitis look like?
- What are cellulitis risk factors?
- What causes cellulitis? Is cellulitis contagious?
- What types of health care professionals treat cellulitis?
- How do health care professionals make a diagnosis of cellulitis? What is the medical treatment for cellulitis?
- Torn meniscus facts
- What is the outlook/prognosis for cellulitis? What are complications of cellulitis?
- How long does cellulitis last?
Where does cellulitis occur?
Cellulitis may occur anywhere on the body; the legs are a common location. The lower leg is the most common site of the infection (particularly in the area of the tibia or shinbone and in the foot; see the illustration below), followed by the arm, and then the head and neck areas. In special circumstances, such as following surgery or trauma wounds, cellulitis can develop in the abdomen or chest areas. People with morbid obesity can also develop cellulitis in the abdominal skin. Special types of cellulitis are sometimes designated by the location of the infection. Examples include periorbital and orbital cellulitis (around the eye socket), buccal (cheek) cellulitis, facial cellulitis, and perianal cellulitis.