Not Medical Advice: Cellulitis is an infection affecting deep layers of the skin, caused by bacteria. Typically a skin tear (cut, bug bite, etc) can allow bacteria on the surface of the skin to get into the deeper tissues. This area of the body may become red, swollen, painful or tender to the touch, and may have red streaks extending away from the area. Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics, usually oral, but in severe cases intravenous antibiotics may be required.
Updated on Monday, February 06 2012 at 03:38AM EST