cellulitis. Inflammation of cellular tissue.

Cellulitis. In cellulitis, redness of the skin is not very pronounced and is late in appearing, following swelling, and not preceding it. It is essentially the same condition as a mild form of erysipelas. Its spread is heralded by red lines of lymphangitis, ascending from a wound (infected), swelling of glands, and fever.

In slight cases, the lymphatics may dispose of the poison, and suppuration fails to occur. In severe cases septicema arises. Cellulitis is usually a result of infection not only with streptococci, but also with other pyogenic cocci.

Treatment. Incise and curet the wound and apply one of the wet dressings.