People with dermatitis are at risk for cellulitis because they can transfer bacteria into deeper tissue when they scratch the itchy rash. Cellulitis can develop when bacteria living on the skin and under fingernails enter into the deeper layers of the skin through cracked, dry, broken skin from a dermatitis rash. The bacteria can spread quickly into the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body. Resisting the urge to scratch, moisturizing the dry rash, and keeping fingernails short and clean can lessen the chance that this will happen. If you notice that your red rash is spreading, it could mean that cellulitis is underway. Contact your doctor immediately because certain strains of bacteria can be life threatening.
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