Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection caused by Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria. The typical look of an area of the skin infected is that its pinkish to reddish, warm to touch, swollen and painful. There’s no significant part of the skill where cellulitis is common since its route of entry is any breaks in the skin like an open wound. Although its not life-threatening, the fact that its an infection and its bacterial should be something that needs to be taken seriously.
This is because cellulitis if left untreated can spread to your lymph nodes and can spread to various parts of your body where it can do more damage. So even if its just a simple cellulitis you need to address or treat it as early as possible so that it won’t turn into some serious disease that will need more than just an oral antibiotic to treat. But even if cellulitis isn’t contagious there are still misconceptions about it. Usually, if people get diagnosed with it they would often ask, is cellulitis contagious?
The answer is either yes or no: Yeah yeah you just read that its not contagious and its really not. Before, during and after treatment its not contagious ever. What will make it contagious is when you leave it as is and not address it. Unlike a virus, a bacteria isn’t self-limiting, it will continue to invade and spread in the various parts of your body and do some damage there. If left untreated it might eventually be contagious so keep that in mind.
Is it just a one-time occurrence? Sadly cellulitis isn’t a one-time occurrence, as long as there are Streptococcus and Staphylococcus bacteria and an open wound, there will be a likelihood that you will get cellulitis. The best thing that you can do is do some preventive measures if you have a break in the skin. Clean it thoroughly and put some antiseptic solution over the wound. That way you can prevent any infection caused by skin break and exposure.
Is there inflammation? As a general rule, anything that has “tis” in the last word has inflammation. Gastritis, arthritis, meningitis, cellulitis just to even say a few. If there is redness and the infected area is painful and warm to touch there’s inflammation. This is because inflammation is a normal reactive defense mechanism of the body, the same as fever when there are bacterias and viruses trying to invade it and the body is trying to defend itself.
Cellulitis is an infection, an inflammation to the affected area that causes redness, swelling, and pain. But unlike any infection initially cellulitis isn’t serious, but it can potentially be if left untreated, this is because the nature of the bacteria is to invade and grow. They are not self-limiting and will not stop unless they are stopped and in the case of cellulitis, it would be by an oral antibiotic. But the most effective way to manage it is through prevention. As they say, prevention is better than cure.