Cellulitis is a spreading bacterial infection of skin and underlying tissues.
The legs are most commonly affected, though cellulitis can occur anywhere. Cellulitis might affect only the skin’s surface. Or it might also affect tissues underlying the skin and can spread to the lymph nodes and bloodstream.
Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are the commonest types of bacteria that are usually responsible for cellulitis.
The severity depends on the bacteria pathogen (how aggressive), resistance of the patient, time of consult and treatment, and effectiveness of treatment.
Left untreated, the spreading infection can rapidly turn life-threatening.
It’s important to seek immediate medical attention if cellulitis symptoms occur.
Possible signs and symptoms of cellulitis include:
- Red area of skin that tends to expand
- Pain and tenderness
Treatment is usually with antibiotics.
Cloxacillin, amoxycillin, and ampicillin can be used for mild cellulitis. Stronger antibiotics may have to be used for moderate to severe cellulitis.
If an abscess develop, it needs to be drained.
Pre-antibiotic treatment pictures
One week post-oral antibiotics – responding.
14 days after oral antibiotics