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A case of cellulitis: the left leg (on the right) is affected, the right leg is not.

Cellulitis is an infection of the skin, caused by bacteria.[1] Very often, the face is affected. The disease should not be confused with cellulite. Cellulitis is caused by bacteria, usually staphylococcus or streptococcus, which can get through a break in the skin.[1] These breaks can be caused by a wound, cracks in the skin, insect bites, or problems with the bodies immune system. The infection causes the skin to become red, hot and painful. It can also cause a fever. It is usually treated by taking antibiotic drugs.[1]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Cellulitis - PubMed Health". ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2012. Staphylococcus and streptococcus