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Cellulitis

Facts on Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a common infection of the skin and the soft tissues underneath the skin. Bacterial skin infections and soft tissue infections occur when bacteria invade broken or normal skin and start to spread under the skin and into the soft tissues. Infection results in inflammation, which 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 11/17/2017

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Staph bacteria are a common cause of cellulitis.

Cellulitis Cause

Staphylococcus aureus

Almost any organ system can be infected by S. aureus. Most frequently, S. aureus strains first infect the skin and its structures (for example, sebaceous glands, hair follicles) or invade damaged skin (cuts, abrasions). Sometimes the infections are relatively limited (such as a sty, boil, furuncle, or carbuncle), but other times they may spread to other skin areas (causing cellulitis, folliculitis, or impetigo). Unfortunately, these bacteria can reach the bloodstream (bacteremia) and end up in many different body sites, causing infections (wound infections, abscesses, osteomyelitis, endocarditis, pneumonia) that may cause severe harm or even be fatal.


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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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