What is the prevalence of cellulitis?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Because cellulitis is not a reportable disease, the exact prevalence is uncertain; however, it is a relatively common infection, affecting all racial and ethnic groups. There is no statistically significant difference in the incidence of cellulitis in men and women, [45] and no age predilection is usually described. Nonetheless, studies have found a higher incidence of cellulitis in individuals older than 45 years. [17, 46, 47] Cellulitis was found to be more common in geriatric patients in a retrospective study of international travelers by the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network. [48]

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