What is the prognosis for cellulitis?

Cellulitis can usually be cured with a course of the appropriate antibiotic, especially if it is diagnosed and treated early.

It is very important to take cellulitis seriously and get prompt treatment. It can quickly progress and lead to more serious conditions such as bacteremia (when the bacteria spreads to the bloodstream) or endocarditis (when the bacteria infects the heart).

See your doctor right away if you notice any symptoms of cellulitis.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 02/24/2019.


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