Types of Cellulitis

Most commonly, cellulitis affects body parts like the arms, hands, legs, and feet and is therefore known as cellulitis of the extremities. Some of the other types of cellulitis include:

  • Orbital Cellulitis: This refers to a cellulitis infection inside the socket of the eye and is usually treated as a medical emergency. Some of the factors which increase the chances of orbital cellulitis include eye injuries, infections in the middle ear, teeth, or face, and sinus infections.
  • Perianal Cellulitis: This is a type of cellulitis infection that affects the anal region. This type of infection is quite common in children and usually more common in boys than in girls. Those suffering from perianal cellulitis usually do not experience symptoms like fatigue, fever, and body aches which are common symptoms in other types of cellulitis. However they may experience other symptoms like painful bowels, bloody stools, anal itching, and tenderness.
  • Periorbital Cellulitis: This type of cellulitis develops around the eyelids and is more common in children than adults. People suffering from eye injuries, insect bites, and upper respiratory tract infections are more prone to developing periorbital cellulitis. Fever, eyelid redness, redness inside the eye, and inflammation are common symptoms of periorbital cellulitis.
  • Facial Cellulitis: This facial infection affects people of all ages and may cause serious complications if left untreated. Some of the risk factors which increase the chances of developing this infection include middle ear or tooth infections, upper respiratory tract infections, and lymphatic system problems.
  • Breast Cellulitis: As the name suggest, this type of cellulitis affects the skin on the breasts. Women suffering from breast cancer and those with a history of lumpectomy are more prone to developing this type of cellulitis.