Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cellulitis of the Leg Overview

Another name for Cellulitis of the Leg is Leg Cellulitis.

What is leg cellulitis?
A person with leg cellulitis has an infection of the superficial and deep layers of the skin, 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 leg cellulitis?
Symptoms of leg cellulitis include skin redness and skin swelling, tenderness, and warmth. Other symptoms include fever and nausea.

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

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Last Updated: Aug 27, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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