What is Cellulitis?
Learn about Cellulitis (also known as Erysipelas), a bacterial infection of the skin that happens in both children and adults.
Cellulitis or erysipelas is a bacterial infection of the skin that happens in both children and adults. It most frequently occurs after a skin injury, such as a cut, insect sting, animal bite, or with scratching, for example, with eczema or chickenpox. In cellulitis, an area of the skin becomes red, warm, and painful to the touch. The affected area may also be raised or swollen. There is often a sharp edge where the infected skin meets healthy skin. The affected skin area will get bigger in size as the infection spreads, and there may be streaks of redness leading away from the area. Some children may run a fever and not feel well. The lymph nodes near the affected area may become enlarged so that they can be seen and felt under the skin.