Cellulitis Causes, Symptoms And Treatments

Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection and usually affects the legs or face. It can affect individuals of any age, race, and gender, but it is most commonly seen in the elderly and middle-aged. The infected skin usually appears swollen and red and is typically painful and warm to the touch. It often doesn't spread from person to person.

Though it usually affects the surface of your skin, if untreated it can spread further to the lymph nodes and the underlying tissues, even causing sepsis in some cases, which is life-threatening. Many cases of cellulitis can be treated on an outpatient basis, while for some severe cases, admission may be needed in advance. Anyhow, it's important to seek medical attention to avoid any complications.

Cellulitis Cause #1: Bacteria

Streptococcus and Staphylococcus are two significant types of bacteria that can cause cellulitis, and they are also the ‘prime suspect’ of many other conditions such as strep throat, impetigo, folliculitis, abscess, etc. They’re commonly found on humans, but only do harm to your body when they invade the deeper layers of the skin or enter the bloodstream.

These strains can be found on surfaces such as tables, clothing and other people. In addition to these two common types of bacteria, there are other strains that can also cause cellulitis. These include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Haemophilus Influenzae, Clostridium, and the pneumococcus species.


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