Infection of the skin

Can be caused by bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, beta-hemolytic streptococci

Area on the skin is usually red, warm to the touch, swollen, area can be painful and sometimes purulent drainage can be present

Most commonly present on the legs or arms (but can occur anywhere on the skin)

Immunocompromised, elderly, diabetics, overweight /obese individuals are at increased risk for developing cellulitis

Commonly treated with antibiotic if purulent drainage is present incision and drainage maybe needed

Mild cases can be treated with oral antibiotics; treatment with IV antibiotics may be needed if fever, low blood pressure, heart rate, worsening redness are present

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