Causes of Cellulitis

Cellulitis is mostly caused by the streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria. Normal skin itself has a number of bacteria thriving on it. Breaks or cracks in the skin increases the chances of bacterial infections. Some of the other common risk factors and causes of cellulitis are as follows:

  • Peeling skin between the fingers and toes
  • Chronic skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema
  • Insect bites, stings, and animal bites
  • Ulcers caused by diseases like diabetes and other vascular disorders
  • History of vascular diseases
  • Use of immuno-suppressant medications and corticosteroids
  • Post surgery wounds
  • Foreign objects inside the skin
  • Bone infections
  • Chronic edema
  • Existing skin infections like impetigo and athletes foot
  • Skin damage because of radiation treatments
  • Pregnancy and obesity, which affect blood circulation in the veins