Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Hand Cellulitis Overview

What is hand cellulitis?
A person with hand 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 hand cellulitis?
Symptoms of hand cellulitis include hand pain, hand swelling (unilateral), skin redness and skin swelling, tenderness, and warmth. Other symptoms include fever and nausea.

How does the doctor treat hand cellulitis?
Treatment measures for hand cellulitis include rest, hand elevation, warm wet compresses, and antibiotics. In some cases, a splint may be placed on the hand. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed for pain and fever.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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