What is cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria. Normally, your skin helps protect you from infection. But if you have a cut, sore, or insect bite, bacteria can get into the skin and spread to deeper tissues. If it is not treated with antibiotics, the infection can spread to the blood or lymph nodes. This can be deadly.
Some people can get cellulitis without having a break in the skin. These include older adults and people who have diabetes or a weak immune system. These people are also more likely to develop dangerous problems from cellulitis. And they are more likely to get cellulitis again.
What causes cellulitis?
Cellulitis is caused by bacteria (usually strep or staph). Some people are at risk for infection by other types of bacteria. They include people with weak immune systems and those who handle fish, meat, poultry, or soil without using gloves.
What are the symptoms?
At first, the infected area will be warm, red, swollen, and tender. As the infection spreads, you may have a fever, chills, and swollen glands.
Cellulitis can occur anywhere on the body. In adults, it often occurs on the legs, face, or arms. In children, it is most common on the face or around the anus. An infection on the face could lead to a dangerous eye infection.
See a doctor right away if you have an infected area of skin and:
* The infected area is getting redder, more painful, or larger, or it has red streaks extending from it.
* You have a fever or chills.
* The infected area is on your face or your groin.
How do you get cellulitis?
There are many ways to get cellulitis. You can get it if you have:
* An injury to your skin, such as a cut, surgical wound, burn, or animal or insect bite.
* Skin problems, such as ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, or a fungal infection like athlete's foot.
* Certain medical conditions. These include diabetes, peripheral arterial disease, or a weak immune system.
* Fluid buildup (edema) in the legs or arms.
* Had liposuction to remove excess fat.
* Injected illegal drugs under your skin.
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I have had this condition and this is the 3rd time its happened to me I get a really bad swelling in my left bum cheek which is bright red hot swollen and very very tender and sore. I had really bad shivers and pain running down my legs mainly affecting my left leg and also my back. I was in complete pain and agony. I suggest the second you feel a sore like feeling and it is raised and hot dont wait for the symptoms to get worse go straight to the hospital, as waiting for the symptoms to get worse is just allowing the infection to spead and can lead to complication.
I have had recurring cellulitis for about 8 years now. always the same spot on my finger. it can spread very quickly and get in the blood stream. it is an infection, a severe infection. you aunt is lucky to have caught it but I am upset her dr was nonchaluant at first. I have been to a series of them that act like that. mine is spreading, moving up my finger...I fear it will spread throughout my hand next. when it happens I get red streaks that go up my arm and when it gets to my chest is usually when a dr will take me seriously and stop giving me baby antibiotics or herpes medicine (that's what a few have diagnosed it as) that NEVER work and an MRI confirmed it is cellulitis. apparently they don't know what to test for in a blood test because they always come back negative for everything they have tested for. I wish they would cut my finger off....I'm sure you aunt was happy to have it removed. hope she recovered well and it didn't come back.
This has just happened to my 34 year old Sister who is only 130 lbs. She thought she had a hemorrhoid on Friday and as of today (2nd surgery), they had to remove her left butt cheek. She has one more surgery to go tomorrow and they said she may be in the hospital for a month. We are so devastated and cannot believe this has happened so quickly. They are not sure why it spread so quickly and said it attacked the worse area it could have. The Surgeons have not said anything about it coming back and are unsure how they are going to proceed with trying to use plastics to allow her to be able to function normally. So far the infection has not spread to her anus, but because they removed most of her left butt cheek, they are concerned with her own stool causing an additional infection. They also told us after her hospital stay, she is on a LONG road to recovery. I kept trying to ask how long and they kept stating 'a long time' and each person is different. I wished I had more information to share about the disease, but I'm currently trying to research myself since this is such an extreme case. Thanks to all for your posts!
I started with severe shakes so bad and fevers and a pain in my lower right abdomen so I went to the doctor and he noticed a huge red rash on right buttocks. He sent me to the hospital immediately and I was on IV antibiotics and kept over night. That was on May 5th. I was on IV for a week and oral antibiotics for 10 days. I then got it back on June 9th, July 14, August 11th and August 18th. I have seen an internalist, my hip surgeon (had hip replacement 4 years ago), Infectious disease Doctor and finally a Dermatologist. I was diagnosed with Cellulitis, bursitis, arthritis, allergies and only after a biopsy (which is not healing) did they confirm cellulitis. I am off to see the Infectious Disease doctor again. Im so frustrated. It comes every month then one week. I have been on several different drugs. Does anyone else get it back so often. I have been on IV antibiotics for 3 months and now penicilin and it still doesnt go away completely. I am at my wits end.
I have been dealing with these symptoms for a while myself. I had a tummy tuck march 30,2009 and in June I started having fever and chills then I noticed my buttock area red swollen and tender.Also in my thigh area becomes very tender and sore. I didn't think it was anything serious so I did not seek medical attention. It happened again the first of July and I went to seek medical attention and they could not figure out what it was and I was just given some cream for the itching during the healing period. Once again it happened in October and I just let it run it's course. The symptoms came back again December 27th and they felt worse so I went to the hospital and they diagnosed me with cellulitis and started me on antibiotics intraveinously and I was hospitalized for three days. I was sent home on oral antibiotics for ten days and they are still puzzled and can't find the root cause for the infections.
On 4/10 I woke up with a ingrown hair I thought on my left buttock by my rectum. It poped 4/13 n went to ER. It was so bad the drs had never seen anything like it. 4/16 the puMat a drain in with a rubber hose n stiches.Was to have it removed 4/24 it has been changed to May 2nd. I am in so much pain an the puss is ozzing as I continue to take Epson salt baths every 2hrs to relieve the burn. Hard as a rock on fire. What should I do?? The hospital is a school of nursing what should I do? My diagonias is Cellulitis of buttock left Any suggestions on the next step to take. 5'2 140lb female healthy without Cellutis of buttock?