Cellulitis: Should I be worried?

The indications of cellulitis arise and worsen abruptly. It affects the skin and trigger additional symptoms.

What are the skin symptoms?

It is important to note that cellulitis can cause the affected area to become:

  • Warm
  • Reddened
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    The typically affected parts of the body include the feet, lower legs, hands or arms as well as the face especially around the eyes.

  • Painful
  • Swollen
  • Tender

There might also be damage in the skin but this is not always evident along with pus or blood-filled blisters. Take note that any body part can be affected.

The typically affected parts of the body include the feet, lower legs, hands or arms as well as the face especially around the eyes. A doctor must be seen if a region of the skin abruptly turns painful, reddened and warm.

What are the additional symptoms?

It is important to note that cellulitis can also trigger additional symptoms that might arise before or along with skin changes such as:

  • Shivering
  • Feeling generally sick or unwell
  • Chills

Occasionally, the infection can spread to other body parts such as the deeper layers of blood, muscle, tissue and bone. This is considered serious and potentially dangerous.

The indications that the infection has spread include:

  • Feeling sick
  • Fever of 38 degrees C or higher
  • Rapid heartbeat or breathing
  • Cool, clammy or pale skin
  • Diarrhea
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Feeling dizzy or faint
  • Unresponsiveness or loss of consciousness

Call for emergency assistance or bring the individual to the nearest emergency department right away if the individual has other symptoms aside from skin changes.

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