Acute infectious disorder of skin characterized by erythema, edema, warmth, and tenderness; commonly in an extremity.
Prior episodes of cellulitis, preexisting lymphedema or venous insufficiency, and tinea pedis can all predispose to this condition.
Antibiotics targeted at the most common etiologies (streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus ) usually result in resolution.
Cellulitis is an acute spreading infection of the skin with visually indistinct borders that principally involves the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Erysipelas is a distinct form of superficial cellulitis with notable lymphatic involvement and is raised, sharply demarcating it from uninvolved skin.
Infectious Disease Physician
Austin Infectious Disease Consultants
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Ebert Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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Beth Israel Medical Center
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