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Cuts? Beware!

Symptoms, causes, treatment, and prognosis of cellulitis.

It may start with just a small cut or scrape on your skin. But before you know it, that scrape has turned into a raging infection that could quickly spread throughout your body. While quite common, cellulitis isn't something to take lightly. At the first sign of such an infection it's important to get immediate medical care to prevent the infection from spreading.

Before you do that, you should know whether you have it, who’s at risk for the condition, and what kind of treatment you can expect.

Cellulitis Defined

Any cut or wound on your skin is an open door for bacteria to enter and wreak havoc. This is what happens with cellulitis. A surgical wound, scraped knee, burn, athlete's foot, or skin irritation can provide an opportunity for bacteria such as streptococcus or staphylococcus to enter your body. These two bacteria are the most common causes of cellulitis, though it can also be transmitted by spider or insect bites.

Cellulitis can occur anywhere on your body, but the most frequent location is the skin on your lower legs where there's poor circulation. The infection may only harm your skin or it may spread below the skin to surrounding tissue, blood, and lymph nodes. If the infection continues to spread untreated, it could turn deadly. Fortunately, cellulitis is rarely contagious.

Cellulitis on the Scene

It's important to recognize the symptoms of a cellulitis infection so you know when to seek medical treatment. At the sight of a wound that is only on one side of the body, watch for growing redness, a streak of redness, a splotchy rash, tenderness, swelling, warmth, blistering, leaking of pus, or dimpling of the skin. You may also experience nausea, vomiting, and fever.

Who's at Risk?

Since cellulitis starts with a skin injury, anyone with an open wound is at risk. Additional risk factors include diabetes, poor circulation, peripheral vascular disease, varicose veins, liver disease, eczema, shingles, psoriasis, lymphedema (swelling of your legs or arms), obesity, a weakened immune system (due to leukemia, HIV/AIDS, or certain medications), and having had cellulitis in the past.

Treating the Wound

If you suspect cellulitis from the signs and symptoms listed above, see your doctor. For a severe infection, seek emergency care. A physical exam, blood test, x-ray, and lab tests may be necessary to confirm diagnosis.
The first line of treatment includes a round of oral antibiotics to heal the infection. For people with mild cases of cellulitis, antibiotics do the job within a few days, but continue your medication for as long as it's prescribed. You should also elevate the area as much as possible to reduce swelling while it heals and take over-the-counter pain medication if necessary.

More severe cellulitis, infections that cover a large area, or situations unresponsive to antibiotics may require a hospital stay and intravenous antibiotics. Rare cases may necessitate surgery to drain the infection or remove damaged tissue.

Sidestepping Cellulitis

Whenever you have a skin wound of any shape or size, take precautions to prevent infection. For starters, clean the area with soap and water daily. Additionally, apply an antibiotic ointment, cover the wound with a sterile bandage, and keep an eye on the area for signs of infection.

Take additional preventative measures by protecting your feet from injury by wearing shoes outdoors, moisturizing your skin to prevent cracks and peeling, and trimming your fingernails and toenails regularly and carefully to avoid nicking the surrounding skin.