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Facts on Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a common infection of the skin and the soft tissues underneath the skin. It occurs when bacteria invade broken or normal skin and start to spread under the skin and into the soft tissues. This results in infection and inflammation. Inflammation is a process in which the body reacts to the bacteria. Inflammation may cause swelling, redness, pain, and/or warmth.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/19/2016

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Cellulitis - Treatment

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Cellulitis - Symptoms

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Cellulitis Treatment

Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics. If the infection is mild, you may be able to take antibiotic pills at home.

If the infection is severe, you may need to be treated in a hospital so that you can get IV antibiotics directly into your bloodstream, along with any other care you may need.

Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions about medicine and skin care.



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Cellulitis is a term that describes the inflammatory response caused by bacteria in the skin below the epidermis.

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