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by Wood D

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, eggs


American Academy of Dermatology

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases



Canadian Dermatology Association

Health Canada



Cellulitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: . Updated July 2, 2013. Accessed September 17, 2013.

Cellulitis. Wexner Medical Center website. Available at: . Accessed September 17, 2013.

Stevens DL, Bisno AL, et al. Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections. Clin Infect Dis. 2005;41(10):1373-1406.


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