Cellulitis and Hair Loss

There are a lot of reasons for one to experience hair loss. For some, it is genetics, for others, it is diet, and yet for some others, they may experience unexplained hair loss.

One thing is for certain, illness is one of the leading causes of hair loss. Fortunately when this is the case, usually the hair loss is cured when the illness is cured. One illness that can cause one to lose their hair is cellulites.

What is Cellulitis?

It is a skin and tissue infection that can affect any part of the human body, including the scalp and other areas where hair grows. Cellulitis begins with a broken area of skin like a cut or a scratch. When bacteria start to affect the area, inflammation results and soon there is pain, swelling and redness.

How does someone get Cellulitis? Disorders that cause the skin to break and bacteria to enter like eczema, chickenpox, insect bites or severe acne can also cause Cellulitis to develop. In cases of Diabetes, or in the taking of certain medications, Cellulitis can even develop in skin that is still intact.

How is Cellulitis related to hair loss? This inflammation of the skin caused by bacteria is what causes the hair to fall out. The hair cannot grow in the infected area of the skin. Whether it is on the scalp or on the body, hair loss is something that most people with Cellulitis will encounter.

Not Contagious

The good news is that Cellulitis is not contagious and the symptoms, including hair loss can not be spread and are easily treated by a professional. There are ways to treat it and even better, ways to prevent it from happening. In considering forms of prevention, remember that Cellulitis comes from cuts, bruises and scrapes.

So be protective of your skin, and if you have a child especially careful when he or she is at play. While people cant always protect themselves from little scratches here and there, there should be little excuse for carelessly stepping on a nail or being bit by an unfamiliar animal.

Cellulitis Treatment

Even if there is a scrape though, it is still treatable. Wash any wound very well with soap and water immediately after the cut. Apply an antibiotic and cover the wound with a bandage as soon as possible. If the cut is large or a deep puncture wound, and especially an animal bite, (even from a family pet) it would be best to have a doctor examine it.

Cellulitis can lead to hair loss, skin swelling, pain and worse yet, ┬Łeven gangrene, Sepsis, Meningities (if it is on the face), and Lymphangitis in some cases.

However, the sooner the wound is treated the less chance there is of the infection developing into something more serious. As you can see hair loss is just one of the less serious symptoms of cellulitis, however, when treated correctly, the hair loss and other symptoms will cease and the evidence of your hair loss gone.