Cellulitis is usually caused by a bacterial infection. It occurs when bacteria get into the tissues beneath the skin.
The bacteria that cause cellulitis often live harmlessly on the skin. But if the surface of your skin is damaged, they can get into the layers underneath and cause an infection.
The break in the skin may be so small it's not noticeable.
Itmay be caused by:
Cellulitis isn't normally spread from person to person as the infection occurs deep within the skin and is often caused by bacteria that live on the skin's surface without causing problems.
Anyone can get cellulitis, but you're at an increased risk if:
Ensuringthe underlying health conditionsmentioned above are well controlled may help reduce your risk of getting cellulitis.
Cellulitis is a potentially serious infection of the deeper layers of skin. Find out about the symptoms, causes, treatments and possible complications.
Find out about the main symptoms of cellulitis and when to get medical advice.
Cellulitis is usually caused by an infection of the tissues beneath the skin after the surface of the skin is damaged.