Abscess vs. Cellulitis

Abscess vs. Cellulitis Q&A

If you have a history of cellulitis, you may be more likely to get it again. Doctors at Immediate Care of Oklahoma are pleased to provide our patients with abscess and cellulitis treatment. For more information, call us now. We have convenient locations to serve you in Oklahoma City, OK.

Abscess and Cellulitis Treatment Specialist Near Me in West Moore OK, Norman (HealthPlex) OK, Norman (24th) OK, Edmond OK, Yukon OK, I-240 and Sooner RD OK, Tecumseh OK
Abscess and Cellulitis Treatment Specialist Near Me in West Moore OK, Norman (HealthPlex) OK, Norman (24th) OK, Edmond OK, Yukon OK, I-240 and Sooner RD OK, Tecumseh OK

Table of Contents:

What is the difference between cellulitis and abscess?
Which is worse: cellulitis or abscess?
When should I be worried about an abscess?
What are the risk factors for cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a type of infection that can spread through the body very rapidly. It is a very serious kind of infection that can be life-threatening. It can also be life-changing if it isn’t treated early. Abscesses are lumps that form on the skin and can cause a great deal of pain. They often occur when cellulitis is a problem. If you think that you have an abscess or possibly cellulitis, please seek medical attention. Immediate Care of Oklahoma can help address these issues should they arise.

What is the difference between cellulitis and abscess?


Cellulitis is a type of infection that happens in the skin and the tissues that lie directly beneath the skin. An abscess is a puss-filled sore in the skin, or in the tissue just below the skin. Usually, cellulitis gives the appearance of an expanding rash on the skin. An abscess will look like a large boil.
 
While an abscess can accompany cellulitis, they are different types of health concerns. An abscess can be caused by other types of infections and not solely cellulitis. The presence of an abscess may or may not be an indicator of cellulitis. If you do find that you have an abscess it is important to have it assessed to see if it is related to cellulitis, because cellulitis is a serious health concern.

Which is worse: cellulitis or abscess?


Cellulitis and abscesses are bacterial infections that usually start with a bug bite or scratch. Abscesses are usually a deep red in color, filled with pus and are quite painful. Cellulitis is an infection in the skin that is red in color and tender to touch. Cellulitis can spread very quickly if not treated.
 
Cellulitis can be a very serious condition. It can cause extensive damage to tissues of the body and can even cause gangrene. Because of the type of infection it is, it can spread to other parts of the body, such as bones, blood, heart and lymph system. Infections of this nature can lead to amputation of body parts or even death.
 
There are some things to keep in mind about cellulitis. It is a deep bacterial infection. It can be identified by redness, tenderness and swelling. Watch out for breaks in the skin for signs of infection.
 
Good hygiene is important in preventing cellulitis.

When should I be worried about an abscess?


A skin abscess will appear as a swollen, pus-filled lump under the top of the skin. You may also have other symptoms with this, such as fever and chills. You should start to worry about an abscess if it doesn’t heal with treatment at home; if the abscess becomes more painful, red or swollen; If you see red streaks around the infected area; if you are experiencing fatigue or are getting sicker, it would be a good idea to be concerned and get it checked by a medical professional.
 
If you have these symptoms, seeing a doctor is recommended. The doctor can help to drain the area if needed, or the doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat the problem.

If you see an abscess and it doesn’t heal after a few days contact a doctor. If the abscess returns, it is also recommended to contact a doctor.

What are the risk factors for cellulitis?


There are several factors that can put you at risk of getting cellulitis.
 
An injury, such as a cut, fracture, scrape or burn that gives bacteria a place of entry.
 
A weakened immune system allows for cellulitis to spread. Health concerns like diabetes, leukemia, and HIV can make it easier to get cellulitis.
 
Skin conditions like eczema, athlete’s foot and shingles might cause breaks in the skin and give bacteria an entry point.

Chronic swelling in the arms or legs, especially if it has followed surgery. Being overweight or obese will increase your risk of getting cellulitis.
 
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Norman (Healthplex)

  • 3400 Tecumseh Rd Norman (HealthPlex), OK 73072
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Tecumseh

Yukon

  • 10616 US Highway 66 Suite 100 Yukon, OK 73099
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West Moore

  • 11808 S May Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73170 (South OKC)
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l-240 & Sooner Rd.

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