My cellulitis scare: how a serious bacterial infection was sparked by one wrong step on a Hong Kong beach

A recent run-in with something rather sharp and likely putrid triggered a short staycation in a hospital near my Hong Kong home on Cheung Chau island. I had developed cellulitis.

No, not cellulite – the condition that causes lumpy, dimpled flesh on the thighs, hips, buttocks and stomach (that many people have) – but a bacterial infection deep in the inner layers of the skin.

It started simply enough, as I played frisbee with my son in the shallow, sandy waters at Cheung Sha beach on Lantau…


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