Font Size
A
A
A
2
...

Cellulitis (cont.)

Cellulitis Causes

A number of factors can increase the chance that bacteria may invade the skin and cause infection. These risk factors include the following:

  • Injuries that break the skin
  • Infections related to a surgical procedure
  • Any breaks in the skin that allow bacteria to invade the skin (examples are chronic skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis)
  • Foreign objects in the skin
  • Infection of bone underneath the skin (An example is a long-standing open wound that is deep enough to expose the bone to bacteria. Sometimes this occurs in people with diabetes who have lost sensation in their feet.)
  • Bacteria that typically cause cellulitis include group A streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus (also known as staph infection). Some S. aureus infections are resistant to antibiotics (for example, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA) or prone to causing abscess or collections of pus in the skin.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/21/2013

Must Read Articles Related to Cellulitis

Acne
Acne Acne is a red skin rash caused by several factors, including hormones and bacteria. Treatment involves washing skin with a mild cleanser once or twice daily, ap...learn more >>
Athlete's Foot
Athlete's Foot Athlete's foot is a superficial skin infection of the foot caused by a moldlike fungus.learn more >>
Chickenpox
Chickenpox Chickenpox, also known as varicella, is a highly contagious infection that affects children. Most infections occur between the ages of 5-10 years and usually st...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Cellulitis:

Cellulitis - Treatment

What treatment was effective for your cellulitis?

Cellulitis - Symptoms

The symptoms of cellulitis can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your initial symptoms?



From WebMD


Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Cellulitis »

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

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary