What is cellulitis?
It is a common but possibly severe infection of the skin caused by bacteria. Cellulitis develops as a red area of skin that feels tender and hot, is swollen and can rapidly spread.
The skin on the lower legs is the more commonly affected area, but cellulitis may also occur anywhere on the face or body. Cellulitis can affect only the surface of the skin – or, it can also affect the tissues underlying the skin and may spread to the bloodstream and lymphatic nodes.
When left untreated, the infection may rapidly spread turning into a life-threatening condition. That is why it is extremely important to get immediate medical treatment if symptoms of cellulitis occur.
Changes in the skin can be accompanied by fever. The area of redness over time is prone to expand. Red small spots can appear on the top of the skin that is reddened and less commonly, blisters which are small can form and burst.
You should see your doctor if you have a rash that is swollen, tender, warm and red – and if it is expanding. You should try to see the doctor as quickly as possible – usually the same day. If pain or fever develops with the rash, or the rash is rapidly changing, seek emergency treatment. Cellulitis is an infection that needs to be indentified and treated early due to the condition causing a severe infection by rapidly spreading thru out the body.
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