What is Cellulitis : Overview

Cellulitis is an acute inflammation of the connective tissue of the skin, caused by infection with staphylococcus, streptococcus or other bacteria. Unlike impetigo, which is a very superficial skin infection, cellulitis refers to an infection involving the skin’s deeper layers; the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. This results in inflammation which may cause swelling, redness, pain, and/or warmth. Skin on the face or lower legs is most commonly affected by this infection, it can also occur on other parts of your body. Cellulitis appears as a swollen, red area of skin that feels hot and tender, and it may spread rapidly.A few of the forms of cellulitis are periorbital cellulitis (an infection of the eye socket), erysipelas, clostridial cellulitis, nonclostridial cellulitis, and synergistic necrotizing cellulitis.



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