What Are 5 Most Common Types Of Cellulitis

what are 5 most common types of cellulitis

Cellulitis is an infection which can be found anywhere on the human body in both men and women and which is caused by a bacteria. Most of the time, you will find it on the face. You will probably discover that if your immune system is weaker than average, you will be at risk.

Here are the five common types of cellulitis:


Hand cellulitis

This is one of the more common forms of cellulitis. You will see it just on the surface of the skin, but it will actually grow underneath the skin so it is best to take action as soon as you spot something. It can get dangerous when it enters the blood stream. You will then start to feel some pain and your arm will start to become itchy. Your hand will start to swell up.

If this is left too long your symptoms could start to get out of hand. In this case you can develop a fever with signs of nausea and a lot of weakness.


Facial cellulitis

People with a lot of infections to the teeth as well as the upper respiratory system are at risk here. Symptoms start off with some pain, redness and pain to the lips, tongue and the general facial area. The longer this is left, the worse it gets. Body aches, chills as well as vomiting can develop from facial cellulitis.

As soon as you notice any of these symptoms it is vital to get some medical attention. You will probably receive antibiotics to kill the bacteria.


Leg cellulitis

This is obviously an infection of the leg, where the individual will start to experience some pain, inflammation, tenderness and more warmth than usual as the bacteria starts the grow on the surface of the skin. Other symptoms may include an increased heart rate as well as swollen lymph glands, particularly in the groin area.

This can be treated with basic pain relievers as well as antibiotics. Someone who is suffering from this will also find that elevating their leg will help a lot.


Periorbital cellulitis

This type of cellulitis will affect the surrounding tissue of the eye. It happens quite frequently in children due to damage of the eye, but also certain infections like sinusitis. You will start to see a lot of redness, tenderness as well as swelling in this area. The actual eye is not affected, but it is important to treat this and the normal procedure for this is also with antibiotics.


Orbital cellulitis

This is probably the least common type of cellulitis, but it does happen from time to time. It is also probably one of the most risky types because there is a chance of it spreading to the brain.

It starts by causing a lot of discomfort and swelling of the eyelid as well as the surrounding area. This will restrict the movement of the eye and will hamper vision, making it more serious than periorbital cellulitis. If the condition persists one may need surgery to drain the area that is affected.

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