What is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is an infection of the deep layers of the skin. It develops when normally harmless bacteria move down through the skin into the dermis or subcutis through a broken area of skin. Having a skin condition can increase the chances of cellulitis.
How common is Cellulitis?
Cellulitis is uncommon. In England in 2009 around 80,000 people were admitted to hospital because of the condition. However, the number of cases is on the rise.
What are the symptoms of Cellulitis?
Cellulitis usually affects the legs, although it can occur on any area of the body. The condition causes your skin to become red, painful, hot, swollen and tender, and blisters may develop. You may also suffer from nausea, shivering, chills and a sense of feeling unwell.
How is Cellulitis treated?
Treatment of cellulitis usually includes antibiotics, either at home or in the hospital intravenously, supplemented by pain relief.
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