What is cellulitis?
Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection. It can occur when bacteria enter your body because of a cut, scrape, or break in the skin, such as a bug bite.
Cellulitis affects all three layers of your skin. It can cause symptoms such as:
Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can become serious, even deadly.
Bed Bug Bite
If a bedbug bites your skin, you won’t feel it right away because the bugs excrete a tiny amount of anesthetic before feeding on people. It can sometimes take a few days for symptoms of bed bug bites to develop.
Bedbug bites often become noticeably red and swollen. Multiple bites may appear in a line or cluster in a small area of your body. The bites tend to be itchy. They may cause a burning sensation.
If you have bedbugs living in your home, they may not feed every single night. In fact, they can go multiple days without eating. It might take a few weeks to realize that the bites are part of a larger pattern.
Scratching bug bites can cause them to bleed or become infected.
Cellulitis can occur anywhere that a break, cut, or crack in the skin occurs. This includes your face, arms, and eyelids. However, cellulitis most commonly occurs on the skin of the lower leg.
Bug bites, such as those from mosquitoes, bees, and ants, can all break the skin. Bacteria that live on the surface of your skin can then enter those small puncture points and develop into an infection. Aggressive scratching of the bite spots can also open up the skin.
Any bacteria you encounter can find their way into your skin and possibly develop into an infection. You may also introduce bacteria to your skin by scratching with dirty fingernails or hands.
Several types of bacteria can cause cellulitis. The most common are group A Streptococcus, which causes strep throat,and Staphylococcus, commonly referred to as staph. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, can also cause cellulitis.
What to look for
The symptoms of cellulitis caused by a bug bite include:
- Pain and tenderness that radiates from the bug bite
- Red streaks or spots near the area of the bite
- Skin that feels warm to the touch
- Skin dimpling
- If cellulitis isn’t treated, it can develop into a serious infection. Signs of a worsening infection include:
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Pus or drainage from the bite site
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