Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis may first appear as a red, swollen area that feels hot and tender to the touch. The redness and swelling often spread rapidly. Cellulitis is usually painful. Symptoms of cellulitis include:
• Pain or tenderness in the affected area
• Skin redness or inflammation that gets bigger as the infection spreads
• Skin sore or rash that starts suddenly, and grows quickly in the first 24 hours
• Hair loss at the site of the infection
• Nausea and vomiting
HOW IS CELLULITIS DIAGNOSED?
A General physician will examine your medical history and perform a complete physical examination. Other tests for confirming diagnosis are:
• Blood tests for checking if the blood is infected
• X-ray to determine if a foreign object under the skin is affected
• Culture test
HOW IS CELLULITIS TREATED?
Antibiotics for oral ingestion will be prescribed by the general physician, for a period of two to three weeks. Further, pain relievers and medicated ointments will also be prescribed for more severe cases. In case there are complications like high blood pressure, the doctor may hospitalise the patient.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cellulitis can occur anywhere in the body. Cellulitis frequently affects the legs. Cellulitis is not contagious. Complications of cellulitis include spread of the infection into the bloodstream or to other body tissues.