Cellulitis or Cellulite?
Cellulitis is not related to cellulite, though most people think that it is just due to the names being so similar.
Cellulite is the dimpling, or cottage cheese affect visable on the surface of the skin, while cellulitis is usually an infection of the skin and is very painful.
It is usually treated with antibiotics and can be cleared up in a matter of time. The skin that is infected is typically red and swollen, it may also be hot to the touch.
You have to be careful if you have the condition, and have it treated by your medical practioner, while the infection, usually caused by bacteria or fungus, is usually concentrated on the surface of the skin, it can go deeper, entering the blood stream and lymph nodes if it goes untreated.
John Wayne's Disease
This condition is also sometimes referred to as John Wayne's Disease. The reason for this is it is a very painful condition and can cause a limp when walking to those who suffer from the infection.
The skin infection is typically seen in the legs, arm and sometimes even on the face. It is most common in babies, children and seniors, and those with weakened immune systems.
How do you Get It?
It is usually brought on by a cut or tear in the skin which allows bacteria or fungus to enter the open area. The area around the cut will be inflammed, red, hot and sore.
If you think you may have the condition, a visit to the doctor will provide you with anti-biotics to clear up the condition so it does not get out of hand.
The most severe complications are meningitis and blood poisoning (if the bacteria get into the bloodstream). As noted above, you must obtain anti-biotics as soon as you think the condition is worsening. Meningitis can occur if the infection gets under the skull.
I hope this clears it up, this is an infection of the skin caused by a bacteria or virus and cellulite is a condition caused by the breakdown of cells and fatty tissues.
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