Healthy Tips for Assisted Living Houston Residents: Cellulitis
What is Cellulitis?
- This is a spreading bacterial infection of the skin and tissues beneath the skin.
- The main bacteria responsible for cellulitis are Streptococcus and Staphylococcus.
- This condition is not contagious.
Signs and Symptoms
- This condition usually starts with a small area of tenderness, swelling and redness that spreads to adjacent skin.
- The skin infected may feel warm to touch. As the infection spreads through the skin the affected person may develop fever, chills, tenderness, swear and swollen lymph nodes.
Where does this condition occur?
- This condition may occur anywhere in the body.
- Most common place is the lower leg (tibia, shin bone and foot)
- This condition develops in an area where there is skin breakdown such as a small cut, insect bite or wound.
- Other conditions that are a risk factor include: chronic edema (leg swelling), a preexisting skin infection, eczema, psoriasis, venous insufficiency, or skin damage caused by radiation therapy.
- People who have diabetes or a condition that compromise the immune system have a higher risk of developing cellulitis.
Treatment and Diagnosing
- To properly diagnose this condition a physical exam will be necessary. A culture for bacteria may also be performed
- This condition is usually treated with antibiotics.
- Under some circumstances, cellulitis can be prevented by proper hygiene, treating chronic edema, wounds and cuts.
For more Information, call Ana Vazquez RN, Alt Clinical Supervisor at 832-627-6470
This independent living in Houston community is fortunate to have the expertise of a home health nurse who works for a home health care in Houston company, Senior Allegiance Home Health, to advise senior living in Houston residents on best care practices.