Also known as: cellulitis
What is cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a rapidly spreading and potentially serious bacterial skin infection. It appears as redness and swelling of the infected area and the skin is usually tender and hot to the touch. It can involve any part of the body but is more common on the lower legs, face and arms.
What causes cellulitis?
A bacteria such as staphylococcus (staphylococcus aureas and a subtype called Methicillin-resistant; MRSA) or streptococcus (beta- hemolytic streptococci) infects the upper or deeper layers of the skin usually from a wound or opening (scratch, injury or bite) in the skin. Children with immune system abnormalities are at increased risk.
What are the symptoms of cellulitis?
Cellulitis causes the skin to be red, swollen, painful, hot and tender. Red spots, blisters or dimples can also occur. Red streaks going from the area may also be seen. Your child may have a fever
, chills, weakness, and swelling of lymph glands draining the area involved. As this cellulitis is sometimes considered an emergency, consult your Pediatrician especially if signs/symptoms get worse, or the area involved is around the eye or ears, or if your child's infected skin gets darker.
What are cellulitis care options?
Antibiotics are the treatment of choice; these will be given orally or through a vein depending on severity.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: 7/7/2017 9:32:31 AM
Free skin cancer screenings for children and adults of all ages. Please schedule an appointment, space is limited.
Learn more and register
From the Newsdesk
Just a few weeks after Brianna was born, her mother noticed a red growth on her daughter’s upper lip. Her pediatrician referred the family to specialists who diagnosed the growth as an Infantile Hemangioma. On December 7th, Dr. Chad Perlyn of Nickalus Children's Hospital, removed the hemangioma.
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation presented Dr. Ana Duarte with a 2016 Physician of the Year Award for outstanding service in the diagnosis and treatment of children affected by a vascular birthmark.