Cellulitis is an infection spread by bacteria and this condition is now becoming prevalent in a number of people. At the initial stage, the condition appears as a mild bump on the skin which may sometimes appear to be red. The accompanied symptoms are fever and swelling of the lymph nodes. Though the infection is not termed as severe, it can lead to fatal consequences if it is not treated on time. It is suggested that as soon as you notice the symptoms you must opt for medical help. Cellulitis is likely to occur in people who are suffering from conditions such as diabetes or weak immune system.
Cellulitis is a bacteria, a spreading infection usually begins with swelling, tenderness of small areas and redness on the skin as this redness begins to spread, the infected person may develop a fever and lymph nodes may swell though the infection is not severe but if not treated on time it might turn out to be real disease. People with diabetics or weak immune system or suffering from HIV/AIDS are more likely to develop Cellulitis.
Let us know what causes Cellulitis
The main bacteria those are responsible for developing Cellulitis is Staphylococcus, which is also known as staph, other bacteria responsible for developing Cellulitis, are beta-hemolytic streptococci (groups A, B, C, G, and F). It is mainly caused by bacteria entering your skin, usually by way of a cut, abrasion or break in the skin. It is a very common infection both men and women are equally prone to Cellulitis but middle and elderly people are more prone to be infected by the Cellulitis. Children below the age of six are likely to be infected by bacteria H. flu (Hemophilus influenza) they are mainly infected on arms, face and upper torso.
Cellulitis is common among highly dense population sharing common toilets such as hostels, hospitals, work place or public toilets.
Various Complications may develop due to Cellulitis
- May suffer from blood infection
- Possibility of developing Meningitis and bone infection
- Effected tissue may die
- Inflammation of the lymph vessels
- Inflammation of the heart
Treatment of Cellulitis
- Foremost you will be given antibiotics and if required pain killer
- In order to reduce swellings keep the contaminated portion higher in comparison to your heart
- In some cases dead tissues have to be removed
- Take proper rest until you are cured properly
For treatment you may have to stay in hospital if
- You are taking medicines regularly and still the infection is increasing
- The immunity of your body is not responding well may be because you are suffering from cancer or HIV/AIDS)
- If your eyes are infected as well
- You are required to give antibiotics through vein
Various Symptoms of Cellulitis include:
- High Fever
- Severe pain in infected area
- Skin becomes red and it increases if the infection increases
- Skin sore that develops and grows suddenly
- stretched out look of the infected skin
People, who are diabetic, have cancer, HIV/AIDS or weak immune system, are more prone to get infected by Cellulitis. The infection is not contagious because it affects skin’s deeper layers. Even if your doctor says you have been completely cured of Cellulitis, do a double check before you completely stop taking medicine. Always use an antibiotic soap even after you have been completely cured.