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Cellulitis symptoms

People with cellulitis have an area of skin that is:

  • Red and inflamed
  • very painful
  • tender
  • swollen
  • warm to touch.

People with cellulitis symptoms may also have:

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

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

It’s particularly important to get urgent medical help if:

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

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Last reviewed: November 2016

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