Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Arm Cellulitis Overview

What is arm cellulitis?
A person with arm cellulitis has an infection of the superficial and deep layers of the skin on the arm, caused by bacteria. Bacteria are normally present on the surface of the skin. When the skin is injured, bacteria can spread beneath the surface and start to grow. Many of these infections are caused by streptoccocal and staphylococcal bacteria, normally present on the skin.

What are the symptoms of arm cellulitis?
Symptoms include arm pain, arm swelling (unilateral), skin redness, skin swelling, arm tenderness, and warmth. Other symptoms include fever and nausea.

How does the doctor treat arm cellulitis?
Treatment measures for arm cellulitis include rest, elevation, warm wet compresses, and antibiotics. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed for pain and fever.

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Last Updated: Oct 25, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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