What might seem to be only a slight skin irritation can quickly escalate to cellulitis. Cellulitis is often caused by bacteria entering the body through a cut or scrape. It can also be caused by the bacteria of an insect or spider bite. While cellulitis can happen any place on the body, it most often occurs on the lower legs. And sometimes cellulitis penetrates the skin and affects tissues, the lymph nodes, and can even enter the bloodstream.
Where cellulitis occurs you might have such symptoms as redness, swelling, pain, warm skin, fever, blisters, and extreme tenderness.
Immediate medical care is required, so please contact your dermatologist if you have any of the symptoms listed. Cellulitis is usually treated with an oral antibiotic, and symptoms usually disappear in a few days.
Your dermatologist might refer you to another specialist if emergency symptoms of a changing red and swollen rash occur, or if it is accompanied by a fever.
Those with diabetes may be more prone to developing cellulitis and should take special precautions with skin care including checking feet for injury, moisturizing daily, treating any cuts or scrapes immediately with an antibiotic cream or ointment.
Sometimes cellulitis returns in which case your dermatologist might want to treat you with follow up antibiotic prescriptions.