The skin is the largest organ in the body, and one of its functions is to provide a barrier or protection from infections. The skin is composed of three layers of tissues and cells, the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous. In a normal manner, the skin contains microorganism called normal skin flora. These microorganisms pose no threat. However, when there is a skin opening like a wound or cut or the immune system is compromised, these microorganisms can cause infection.
Cellulitis is a form of infection that is normally caused by the skin flora or an external bacterium. Cellulitis occurs when infection-causing bacteria can break through the layers of the skin, usually at the site of an open wound, such as a cut, puncture, sore, burn or bites. Once the bacteria are already on the skin surface, it will multiply and make chemicals that will cause inflammation of the skin.
The affected skin layers are the dermis and the subcutaneous tissue. Additional examples of open skin wounds are:
- Blisters are prone to form in the second degree and third-degree burns. These blisters can open and become infected.
- Cracks and cuts in the skin such as athlete’s foot
- Sites of catheter insertion
- Surgical wounds
Cellulitis can occur on any opened wound; however, it commonly affects the skin or the lower legs.
Burn is an injury that is commonly caused by heat, electricity, sun exposure for long periods of time, or fires from flammable liquid or hot liquids.
The injuries made by burns are divided into three categories and usually will depend on the severity of the wound.
First degree burns – in this category only the outer layer of skin is damaged. It is also considered as the mildest forms of skin injury. Its common symptoms are skin redness, there are mild pain and swelling followed by skin peeling that occurs after a day or two.
Second-degree burns – the damage to the skin in this category involves not only the top layer but goes beyond. The symptoms include the formation of blisters which will become extremely red and sore. Usually, these blisters will pop open, causing the fluid to leak. Eventually, thick, soft, scab-like tissues called fibrinous will develop on the wound. It is important to keep the burn clean and bandage it properly. Topical antibiotics may be needed to be applied on the site of the wound to prevent the development of cellulitis.
Third-degree burns – is the most severe type of burns. It affects all layers of the skin. Contrary to what everyone thinks third-degree burns are not painful due to nerve damage. Without surgery, the wounds can still heal but will result in severe scarring and contracture.
If you think you are suffering from Burns Cellulitis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Burns Cellulitis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).