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Cellulitis (cont.)

What Are Symptoms and Signs of Cellulitis?

Cellulitis can occur in almost any part of the body. On the head and face, the most common areas are the eye, ear, and nose or nasal area. Other common areas are the arm, hand, leg, ankle, and foot. Most commonly, it occurs in areas that may have been damaged or are inflamed for other reasons, such as inflamed injuries, contaminated cuts, and areas with poor skin hygiene or bad circulation. What does cellulitis look like? The common symptoms and signs of cellulitis are as follows:

  • Redness of the skin or red rash
  • Red streaking of the skin or broad areas of redness
  • Swollen skin
  • Warm skin
  • Skin 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 (lymphangitis)
  • Fever, chills, and malaise can result if the condition spreads to the body via the blood.
  • Pus or a blackened area surrounded by redness, pain, and warmth may be a deep abscess or MRSA (type of staph infection). Very often, MRSA cellulitis is confused with the bite of a brown recluse spider, which can appear very similar.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/19/2016

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