What Are the Causes of Recurring Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a common bacterial infection in the deepest layer of the skin, according to MayoClinic.com. It's usually caused when bacteria get into an injury in the skin. It is treatable with antibiotics, but in some cases the infection can spread rapidly through the body and may endanger the patient's life. There are some chronic conditions that increase the risk that the condition will recur.

Mature male doctor talking with female nurse talking by railing. (Image: Jochen Sands/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Chronic Skin Diseases

Ongoing illnesses that cause the skin to crack or blister can predispose a person to have repeated bouts of cellulitis, according to MayoClinic.com. These conditions can include eczema; athlete's foot; and any open or unhealed wounds or incisions, including body piercings. Patients with lymphedema, which is caused by poor drainage of lymph fluid, can be susceptible to recurrent cellulitis because the condition can cause the skin to split.

Poor Healing

Some conditions can lead to recurrent cellulitis because they make it hard for the body to fight off infection or to completely heal an infection once it has occurred, according to MayoClinic.com. Circulatory disorders that impair blood flow can slow healing and raise the risk of recurrent cellulitis. Any disease that weakens the immune system, such as AIDS or cancer, can also lead to recurrent cellulitis.

Prevention

To prevent a recurrence of cellulitis, it's important for patients to keep their skin clean and moisturized, according to MayoClinic.com. Patients should also try to prevent cuts and scrapes that can lead to cellulitis by wearing appropriate protective clothing, such as gloves and padding, when playing sports or doing other activities that could lead to injury. Patients at risk for recurrent cellulitis should seek medical care as soon as there is any indication of a skin infection. For some patients at high risk, long-term antibiotic treatment may help prevent repeated episodes.

REFERENCES & RESOURCES
Load Comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.