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Cellulitis (celulitis) is inflammation of the connective tissue of the skin caused by a bacterial infection. Cellulitis can spread quickly and become a life-threatening medical emergency within a matter of hours, especially if it spreads through the lymphatic or circulatory systems and reaches vital organs. For more information see Lymphedema Related Infections.
Cellulitis, erysipelas, or other infections may be the first sign of lymphedema or the event that leads to the diagnosis of lymphedema. Cancer survivors and persons with scarring from other causes are at risk for developing lymphedema, see Early Intervention to Prevent Lymphedema, Warning Signs of Lymphedema, and Diagnosing Lymphedema.
If you have lymphedema, you can reduce your risk of infection by reducing the swelling through treatment (see How Lymphedema is Treated) and self management (see Self-Care for Lymphedema).
For more information on each of these topics, and much more, get Living Well With Lymphedema. Buy now in paperback from Amazon.com, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, or Barnes and Noble (ISBN 978-0-9764806-1-7) or click here for other options.
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