Cellulitis

A skin infection that presents with fever, redness, swelling, warm or hot to touch and often tender on palpation.  Cellulitis is often caused by Staph or Streptococcus infection in patients with history of IV drug users, diabetes, obesity, lacerations, insect bites.  Recurrent cellulitis can cause bone infection (Osteomyelitis) and impaired lymph drainage system culminating in chronic swelling in affected limb. Treatment usually consists of oral or IV antibiotics.