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Risk Factors

Factors that may increase the risk of cellulitis include:
  • A minor injury to the skin such as, a cut, scratch, blister , burn , puncture, or bite
  • Injuries that occur in natural bodies of water
  • A cut or abrasion
  • Bacteria that enter the body through surgical wounds or a catheter in a vein
  • Having certain conditions such as diabetes, HIV , kidney or liver disease, or poor circulation
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Taking steroids on a regular basis
  • Undergoing surgery
  • Retaining fluids
  • A fungal infection of the foot
  • Handling certain foods, like raw fish, meat, shellfish, poultry, and eggs
Puncture Wound
Puncture Wound
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