What Is the Medical Definition of Cellulitis?

Q:
What is the medical definition of cellulitis?

A:
Cellulitis is a common but potentially serious bacterial skin infection. The affected skin appears swollen and red. It is usually painful and warm to the touch.

Cellulitis usually affects the skin on the lower legs. However, it can occur in the face, arms and other areas. It occurs when a crack or break in your skin allows bacteria to enter.

If it can not be treated in time, the infection can rapidly become life-threatening. Please go to your doctor immediately if you have the symptoms above.

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