Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Symptoms

Cellulitis of the Toe Overview

Another name for Cellulitis of the Toe is Foot Cellulitis.

What is foot cellulitis?
A person with foot 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 foot cellulitis?
Symptoms of foot cellulitis include skin redness and skin swelling, tenderness, and warmth. Other symptoms include fever and nausea.

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

Continue to Cellulitis of the Toe Symptoms

Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Cellulitis of the Toe References
  1. Edmonds M, Foster A. The use of antibiotics in the diabetic foot. Am J Surg. 2004 May;187(5A):25S-28S. [15147988]
  2. Leman P, Mukherjee D. Flucloxacillin alone or combined with benzylpenicillin to treat lower limb cellulitis: a randomised controlled trial. Emerg Med J. 2005 May;22(5):342-6. [15843702]
  3. Morris A. Cellulitis and erysipelas. Clin Evid. 2004 Dec;(12):2271-7. [15865787]
  4. Swartz MN. Clinical practice. Cellulitis. N Engl J Med. 2004 Feb 26;350(9):904-12. [14985488]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.