Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a localized or diffuse inflammation of connective tissue with severe inflammation of dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin. Cellulitis can be caused by normal skin flora or by exogenous bacteria, and often occurs where the skin has previously been broken: cracks in the skin, cuts, blisters, burns, insect bites, surgical wounds, intravenous drug injection or sites of intravenous catheter insertion. Skin on the face or lower legs is most commonly affected by this infection, though cellulitis can occur on any part of the body. The mainstay of therapy remains treatment with appropriate antibiotics, and recovery periods last from 48 hours to six months.

Erysipelas is the term used for a more superficial infection of the dermis and upper subcutaneous layer that presents clinically with a well-defined edge. Erysipelas and cellulitis often coexist, so it is often difficult to make a distinction between the two.

In Ludwig's angina, an acute and potentially life threatening condition, cellulitis occurs within the submandibular space.

Cellulitis is unrelated (except etymologically) to cellulite, a cosmetic condition featuring dimpling of the skin.

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Cellulitis - In Animals
... Horses may acquire cellulitis, usually secondary to a wound (which can be extremely small and superficial) or to a deep-tissue infection, such as an abscess or infected bone, tendon sheath, or joint ... Cellulitis from a superficial wound will usually create less lameness (grade 1–2 out of 5) than that caused by septic arthritis (grade 4–5 lameness) ... Cellulitis is also seen in staphylococcus and corynebacterium mixed infections in bulls ...
Orbital Cellulitis - Treatment
... is vital for a patient when fighting orbital cellulitis ... Antibiotic Therapy - Since orbital cellulitis is commonly caused by Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species both penicillins and cephalosporins are typically the best choices for IV antibiotics ... Staphylococcus aureus) orbital cellulitis can also be treated with Vancomycin, Clindamycin, or Doxycycline ...
Tuberculous Cellulitis
... Tuberculous cellulitis is a skin condition resulting from infection with mycobacterium, and presenting as cellulitis ...
ICD-10 Chapter XII: Diseases Of The Skin And Subcutaneous Tissue - L00–L99 – Diseases of The Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue - (L00–L08) Infections of The Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue
... abscess, furuncle and carbuncle (L03) Cellulitis (L03.0) Cellulitis of finger and toe Paronychia (L03.1) Cellulitis of other parts of limb (L03.2) Cellulitis of face (L03.3) Cellulitis ...
Skin Infection - By Type of Causative Agent - Bacterial
... Cellulitis is a diffuse inflammation of connective tissue with severe inflammation of dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin ... Cellulitis can be caused by normal skin flora or by exogenous bacteria, and often occurs where the skin has previously been broken cracks in the skin, cuts, blisters, burns, insect bites ... most commonly affected by this infection, though cellulitis can occur on any part of the body ...