What is Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a skin infection that occurs when bacteria enter the skin through a cut, wound, or other opening, resulting in inflammation and infection of the deeper layers of the skin. Cellulitis typically presents as redness, warmth, swelling, and pain at the site of infection, and can sometimes be accompanied by fever and chills. Common areas of the body affected by cellulitis include the legs, arms, face, and neck. Cellulitis can range in severity from mild to severe, and prompt medical attention is usually required to prevent the spread of infection and potential complications.

Treatment for cellulitis often involves antibiotics to target the underlying bacterial infection. In some cases, hospitalization may be required for intravenous antibiotics and close monitoring. Elevating the affected area, keeping it clean and dry, and taking pain medications as prescribed by a healthcare professional may also be recommended. Preventive measures such as proper wound care, maintaining good hygiene, and avoiding known risk factors for cellulitis can help reduce the risk of developing this skin infection.

When is it necessary to see a doctor?

It is necessary to see a doctor if you develop an area of skin that becomes increasingly red, swollen, and painful, and it is accompanied by fever, chills, or other systemic symptoms. It is important to seek medical attention promptly as cellulitis can progress and lead to serious complications if left untreated. A doctor can perform a physical examination, diagnose the condition, and prescribe appropriate antibiotics or other treatments to manage the infection.

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