What is cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and the tissue around it. It usually occurs around areas of broken skin, such as wounds, bug bites, or scrapes, but it can also occur in other areas. Patients who have severe cases of cellulitis, or cellulitis that is not treated, can get septicemia (blood poisoning), but cellulitis is not contagious.

What are the symptoms of cellulitis?

  • Swelling of the lymph glands (filters that remove certain harmful substances, such as bacteria and debris, from lymph fluid)
  • Redness around the area of infection
  • Pus or fluid drainage from the wound
  • Affected area is warm to the touch
  • Chills
  • Fever (temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit)

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