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Celulitis is a diffuse suppurative bacterial inflammation of the subcutaneous tissue. It is characterized by localized erythema, warmth, and tenderness. Cutaneous erythema is poorly demarcated from uninvolved skin. Cellulitis may be accompanied by malaise, fever, and chills.

The most common causes are beta-hemolytic streptococcal and S aureus. Complications include gangrene, metastatic abscesses, and


Dicloxacillin or cephalexin provide adequate coverage for either streptococci and staphylococci. Penicillin may be added to cellulitis, celulitis, skin infection