Cellulitis is a skin condition that is highly treatable. However, it can be dangerous and even deadly. It is important to know that cellulitis has several causes and/or risk factors. While a simple cut won’t necessarily cause cellulitis, many other factors can trigger the infection. Let’s talk about the causes of cellulitis that surround some common bad habits such as having an unhealthy diet, sedentary lifestyle and poor hygiene practices.
First, cellulitis is basically caused by bacteria, which includes Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, Pasteurella multocida, Steptococcus galactiae, Hemophilis influenzae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Most of these types of bacteria are actually triggered by the environment, contamination, sickness, and accidents. For instance, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae is mostly prevalent among those who work in the meat industry, and bathing in contaminated water causes Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Believe it or not, having a poor diet is one of the causes of cellulitis. When your diet is poor, you tend to have poor blood circulation and a weakened immune system. These factors make it easy for bacteria to enter the body and infect it.
Poor blood circulation and a weakened immune system are essentially what cause cellulitis when it comes to a person’s health. This is why many of those who have diabetes suffer from skin conditions like cellulitis. Having diabetes increases blood sugar levels and extensively decreases blood circulation. This in turn causes chronic ulcers of the feet, which open doors to bacterial infection.
Furthermore, those with lymphedema are at risk of cellulitis also because of poor blood circulation. As a result of poor circulation, lymph fluid accumulates and produces cellular wastes that are rich in protein. The site of the build-up then becomes ideal for bacterial growth.
Finally, weakened immune system can leave your body highly susceptible to illnesses and health conditions in general. This means that your body’s defenses are not as effective in fighting off pathogens. When you become sick, all the more you are prone to infection, even if your illness is very different from cellulitis. This is one reason why older individuals are more prone to cellulitis. While anyone can get cellulitis regardless of age, our circulatory system and white blood cells generally become weaker as we get older.
Stress is known to weaken the immune system and therefore plays a role in causing cellulitis. Having a sedentary lifestyle does nothing to balance and relieve stress, and therefore poses a higher risk for infection. When you sweat through physical activity/exercise, you eliminate toxins from your body that causes inflammations in the skin.
Everyone carries bacteria, however, some types of bacteria can cause infections once they pass through the skin. This is why washing your skin in a consistent manner is important. Not only that, you’ll need to clean other areas of your body, too. To prevent cellulitis in adults, visit your dentist regularly for cleaning (cellulitis can be caused by dental work) and cleanse your internal system with colonic irrigation when necessary. Children will also benefit from dental cleaning and most likely need to have parasites eliminated.
As you can see, the causes of cellulitis are varied and can come from our daily habits or activities. Taking preventive measures is always the best treatment. If you suspect an infection, get a diagnosis so you can be treated immediately.