The essential difference between cellulitis and fatty obesity or watery obesity is t hat it affects certain limited areas only, whereas fat and water invade large areas of the body. Some authors have considered cellulitis to be simply a localized form of watery obesity. They group the two ailments together and so recognize only two main categories.
But cellulitis, even though it is often met within conjunction with watery overweight, merits separate consideration.
. Because it can, even though rarely, be dissociated from it.
. Because cellulitis has a characteristic of its own, differing from watery overweight and fatty overweight. In both the latter, the skin stretches easily and painlessly.
. Because it has causes peculiar to itself.
. Because its treatment is different.
If we do find it often associated with watery over weight, this is only because its causes often co-exist with the causes of the latter.
A woman with cellulitis may have it only on the hips, or the nape of her neck, or in both legs, the rest of the body being unaffected.
When cellulitis is present at the same time as either of the two generalized forms of obesity, the cellulitis should receive separate and primary treatment.
WHAT IS CELLULITIS?
Cellulitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue caused by poisons accumulating there instead of being thrown out by the body. The most common of these poisons are uric, lactic and oxalic acids.
In cases of cellulitis, the double chin, thick shoulders and swollen ankles are stuffed with organic waste matter which is normally rejected thorough urine, sweat and bowels. Here "nominally" means if you are in good health and are living a healthy life. This waste matter collects in the connective tissue.