Greetings and welcome back to my blog. My name is Sudhir Polisetty and my credentials and experience in the field of dermatology have landed me a job at The Dermatology Center in New Albany, Indiana. In addition, I write this blog in order to inform others of dermatology research, skin conditions, and updates in treatment. One condition we see frequently at our clinic is cellulitis.
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection that spreads through the skin to deeper tissues. It causes red patchy areas of skin, commonly affecting the legs and face. The infection is often painful, swollen, and is paired with a fever and tiredness. Occasionally, the lymphatic vessels also become involved. Although the legs and face are the most commonly affected area, cellulitis can occur on any part of the body. While most cases are mild, it can sometimes progress to a serious infection, potentially affecting the whole body.
Patients can become infected with cellulitis after an event where the skin is broken. This can include surgery, cuts, bites, tattoos, piercings, eczema, psoriasis, or fungal infections. According to Wikipedia, the risk factors for this skin condition include obesity, old age, and leg swelling.
The bacteria typically involved with this infection are streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus. While cellulitis resulted in 27,000 deaths worldwide in 2010, it can be easily treated with antibiotics. Cephalexin, amoxicillin, or cloxacillin is the usual method of treatment, but doxycycline or trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole might be recommended if your dermatologist has concerns about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Nearly 95% of people see improvements after a week of treatment. In severe cases, patients may need to be treated in a hospital in order to get IV antibiotics directly into their bloodstream.
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