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Cellulitis (cont.)

Cellulitis Symptoms and Signs

Cellulitis can occur in almost any part of the body. Most commonly, it occurs in areas that have been damaged or are inflamed for other reasons, such as inflamed injuries, contaminated cuts, and areas with poor skin condition or bad circulation. What does cellulitis look like? The common symptoms and signs of cellulitis are as follows:

  • Redness of the skin
  • Red streaking of the skin or broad areas of redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Drainage or leaking of yellow clear fluid or pus from the skin; large blisters may occur
  • Tender or swollen lymph nodes near the affected area, or red streaks extending from the red area ("phlebitis")
  • Fever can result if the condition spreads to the body via the blood.
  • A blackened area surrounded by redness, pain, and warmth may be a deep abscess or MRSA (type of staph infection).
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/21/2013

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