Cellulitis

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cellulitis is a skin infection that can spread rapidly to the deeper body tissues. It can be deadly if not treated quickly. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at this condition.

Dr. Hill:

Cellulitis is a skin infection that spreads from the skin to underlying tissues. In severe cases, the infection can spread within hours or days. Infection may develop where the skin has been broken, such as by injury or infection. Cellulitis is caused by a bacterial infection and usually is not contagious.

Cellulitis can cause tenderness, pain, swelling and redness at the site of the infection and fever and chills throughout the body. In adults, infection usually occurs on the legs, face or arms but can occur on other areas. In children, infections can develop anywhere on the body.

People who contract cellulitis run the risk of developing bacteremia or infection in the blood, which can lead to serious complications. People with cellulitis often have an area of broken skin where the bacteria enter the tissues. Antibiotics are usually successful in treating cellulitis and curing the infection. People with diabetes are especially susceptible to develop cellulitis from skin infections in the feet. Cellulitis should be recognized and treated quickly to avoid serious complications.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.