Cellulitis is a skin infection caused by bacteria. Although very common, cellulitis can become a serious infection if left untreated. The skin affected by cellulitis looks swollen and red while the surrounding skin can be warm to the touch and feels tender. Cellulitis may not spread from person to person contact but can spread rapidly to other parts of the body.
Cellulitis can occur anywhere on the body and the face but is commonly affecting the lower legs and only the skin’s surface is affected. But, as mentioned earlier can be a serious skin problem, if it affects the underlying tissues and spread to the lymph nodes and bloodstream. The condition can become life-threatening.
Only one side of the body is affected with cellulitis. The following are some of the symptoms an affected individual with the skin condition may experience:
- Redness on the skin
- Red Spots
- Skin dimpling
Cellulitis is caused by the bacteria Streptococcus and Staphylococcus, enters through a skin crack or breakages such as when an individual had cuts, puncture wounds, ulcer, athlete’s foot or dermatitis. The skin condition is commonly affecting the lower legs, but can also affect many parts of the body.
Some types of insect or spider bites may also increase the chances of bacterial transmission.
The following are some of the factors that can increase the likelihood of an individual developing the skin infection.
- Skin conditions that will cause skin cracks and openings such as cuts, injuries, leg surgeries etc.
- Lymphedema or swelling of the arms or legs
- Intravenous drug use where bacteria are easily transmitted from one person to the other.
- Conditions that can weaken immune systems such as diabetes, leukemia, and HIV.
- History of cellulitis. If you had cellulitis before, chances are high that you will get it again.
If you think you are suffering from Cellulitis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered 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).