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Cellulitis and erysipelas

By Andrew D Morris


Cellulitis is a common problem caused by spreading bacterial inflammation of the skin, with redness, pain, and lymphangitis. Up to 40% of people have systemic illness. Erysipelas is a form of cellulitis with marked superficial inflammation, typically affecting the lower limbs and the face.Risk factors include lymphoedema, leg ulcer, toe web intertrigo, and traumatic wounds.The most common pathogens in adults are streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus.Cellulitis and erysipelas can result in local necrosis and abscess formation. Around a quarter of people have more than one episode of cellulitis within 3 years

Topics: Skin Disorders
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