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Cellulitis Overview

What is cellulitis?
A person with 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 cellulitis?
Symptoms of cellulitis depends on the location of the infection. Symptoms include skin redness and skin swelling, tenderness, and warmth. Other symptoms include fever and nausea.

How does the doctor treat cellulitis?
Treatment measures for 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: Aug 18, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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