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Cellulitis symptoms

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People with cellulitis have an area of skin that is:

  • red and inflamed
  • very painful
  • tender
  • swollen or tight
  • warmer to touch than surrounding skin
  • redness and inflammation that is expanding in area

People with cellulitis symptoms may also have:

  • fever
  • chills, shaking or sweating
  • nausea
  • feeling generally unwell
  • blisters or ulcers
  • red spots
  • skin dimpling
  • weeping of clear, yellow or pus like fluid
  • enlarged glands (lymph nodes)

If you think you or someone in your care has cellulitis, it is important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Cellulitis can spread and can become serious if not treated with antibiotics.

It is particularly important to get urgent medical help if:

  • the affected skin is on the face
  • there is an animal or human bite
  • the redness is spreading very quickly or is very painful
  • you have a fever
  • you have a chronic disease such as diabetes or weak immune system

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Last reviewed: September 2020

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