Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deepest layer of the skin. Bacteria can enter the victim's body through a break in the skin - from a cut, scratch, or bite. Usually if the skin is infected, it's just the top layer and it goes away on its own with proper care. But with cellulitis, the deep skin tissues in the infected area become red, hot, irritated and painful. Cellulitis is most common on the face and lower legs.
Symptoms of Cellulitis are:
- Area of skin redness or swelling that gets larger
- Tight, glossy look to skin
- Pain or tenderness
- Skin rash that happens suddenly and grows quickly
- Signs of infection including fever, chills and muscle aches
Cellulitis can be serious, and possibly even deadly, so prompt treatment is important. Treatment usually includes antibiotics.