A skin infection that at times can be quite painful, cellulitis is quite common and caused by the staphylococci or streptococci bacteria. When these types of bacteria enter an individual’s skin – either through a crack or cut – cellulitis can develop. It can pop up within skin injuries like:
Cuts or scrapes
While cellulitis tends to occur mostly on the skin of a person’s lower legs, it can develop anywhere on the face or body. While it generally appears on the skin, it can also form underneath the skin and affect the body’s tissues. This condition can spread to an individual’s bloodstream and lymph nodes when it progresses.
While cellulitis doesn’t generally spread from one person to another, it is possible to catch the illness from another individual if an open cut touches the infected area of another person’s skin who has the condition. With that said, it is highly unlikely, and individuals are more prone to develop cellulitis if they have a skin condition like athlete’s foot or eczema, as it is easier for bacteria to enter the skin via the cracks within a person’s skin.
It’s important to note that those with immune systems that are weakened have an increased chance of getting cellulitis, and if you do notice the signs of the illness it is vital to reach out to your doctor. Allowing the condition to go untreated can be dangerous, and even life-threatening at times. As such, below are the 10 symptoms of cellulitis.
Cellulitis starts as a rash or skin sore that grows rather quickly over a short amount of time. In fact, to keep the condition at bay, it is highly advised to visit a doctor right away if you notice a skin sore or rash expanding rapidly (even without a fever), to start treatment for the condition as soon as possible.
Oral antibiotics are generally prescribed by a doctor from anywhere between five to 14 days. It is highly recommended to complete the medication given, even if the symptoms you have get better over some days. This will ensure all the bacteria have been removed for proper recovery.