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Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis may first appear as a red, swollen area that feels hot and tender to the touch. The redness and swelling often spread rapidly. Cellulitis is usually painful. In most cases, the skin on the lower legs is affected, although the infection can occur anywhere on your body or face. Cellulitis usually affects the surface of your skin, but it may also affect the underlying tissues of your skin. Cellulitis can also spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream. If cellulitis isn’t treated, the infection might spread and become life-threatening. You should get medical help right away if you experience the symptoms of cellulitis.

Warmer weather as a risk factor for cellulitis: A population-based investigation

Warmer weather as a risk factor for cellulitis

Peterson RA, et al. – This population-based study investigated changes in the weather as a risk factor for cellulitis. Findings suggested that admissions to the hospital for cellulitis risk were strongly associated with warmer weather. Methods Using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (years 1998 to 2011), researchers performed investigation to identify the geographic location …

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Climate change may lead to more cellulitis


As a follow-up to our previous column on the effects of climate change on the skin (Dermatology News, June 2016, p. 28), this month’s column will focus on a study recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases that explores warmer weather as a possible risk factor for cellulitis.1 As the summer …

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