Even though cellulitis infection affects thousands of people all over the world every year, many people are not aware of the seriousness of this condition. Not only is this potentially deadly, but even the non-life-threatening kinds of cellulitis infection can be very painful. Cellulitis infection generally affects one in the arms or legs, but it can affect virtually any part of the body. And what is more, both young and old, men and women, adults as well as children and people of virtually any race or ethnic groups are susceptible.
Cellulitis infection occurs when a bacteria, commonly strep or staph enters the skin through a cut, bruise or other opening. If the bacteria starts penetrating deeper and deeper, then more complications can arise. Especially if the blood stream or lymph nodes get infected with the bacteria then it can be potentially deadly. Additionally, the pain could be debilitating and excruciating.
It is therefore important that if you have a cut or a bruise, and the surrounding area starts getting redder progressively, the skin starts getting tender and you start feeling severe pain that simply does not go away with standard over the counter medications, then you take your condition seriously and immediately get medical attention. This is not just for pain relief, but also to diagnose and get treatment for potentially more dangerous conditions that may exist such as a cellulitis infection.
By receiving prompt and qualified medical care, you may avert more complications such as sepsis or necrosis that could be life threatening.