Singer Chris Young Hospitalized With Leg Infection

Country singer/songwriter Chris Young has been hospitalized in Denver with a leg infection.

The 28-yr-old 2006 winner of Nashville Star is currently on tour promoting his single Aw Naw from his new album which is set to be released in September.  He is in stable condition.

According to his website:

While the origin of the infection is unknown, Chris will remain in the hospital for at least the next 24 hours. Chris was en route to Kalispell, MT when the symptoms set in and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital.

“I’m so sorry to disappoint the fans but I didn’t even know I was sick. One minute I was fine then suddenly I’m being rushed to the hospital. I look forward to being up and around and back on the road.”

Chris will be cancelling shows in Kalispell, MT, and two performances with Brad Paisley in Mission, BC and Brownsville, OR. He is scheduled to resume his tour on Aug. 21.

What is Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a common skin infection caused by bacteria. Two kinds of bacteria, staphylococcus and streptococcus are the most common causes of cellulitis.

Normal skin bacteria

Normal skin bacteria

Normal skin has many types of bacteria living on it. When there is a break in the skin, these bacteria can cause a skin infection. Skin in the infected area will become red, hot, irritated, and painful.

Risk factors for cellulitis include:

  • Cracks or peeling skin between the toes
  • History of peripheral vascular disease
  • Injury or trauma with a break in the skin (skin wounds)
  • Insect bites and stings, animal bites, or human bites
  • Ulcers from certain diseases, including diabetes and vascular disease
  • Use of corticosteroid medications or medications that suppress the immune system
  • Wound from a recent surgery

Symptoms of cellulitis include:cellulitis

  • Fever
  • Pain or tenderness in the affected area
  • Skin redness or inflammation that gets bigger as the infection spread
  • Skin sore or rash that starts suddenly, and grows quickly in the first 24 hours
  • Tight, glossy, “stretched” appearance of the skin
  • Warm skin in the the area of redness

Signs of infection:

  • Chills or shaking
  • Fatigue
  • General ill feeling
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Warm skin
  • Sweating


Most of the time, treatment involves antibiotics taken either by mouth or by intravenous solution. Which is used depends on the severity of the infection, and how ill the patient appears.  Painkillers may also be given to ease pain and decrease fever. Cellulitis usually goes away with 7 – 10 days of antibiotics. Longer treatment may be needed if cellulitis is more severe.

Michele R. Berman, M.D. was Clinical Director of The Pediatric Center, a private practice on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. from 1988-2000, and was named Outstanding Washington Physician by Washingtonian Magazine in 1999. She was a medical internet pioneer having established one of the first medical practice websites in 1997. Dr. Berman also authored a monthly column for Washington Parent Magazine.

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    August 16, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Going through with any kind of infection is really very painful and a bad experience too. One need to take extra care of it at the very initial stage because it may lead to sever skin infection in the later stage. Hope Chris will be fine soon.

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