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Cellulitis (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Call your doctor if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of cellulitis:

  • Fevers or chills
  • Redness on the skin
  • Red streaks from skin
  • Increased warmth in the affected area
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Drainage from the skin

Go to the hospital's emergency department if you have any signs or symptoms of cellulitis, especially the following:

  • High fevers or chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Obvious enlargement or hardening of the reddened area
  • Increasing pain
  • Numbness of the reddened or tender area when lightly touched
  • Dark or blackened area that is tender, red, swollen and warm
  • Other medical problems that may be affected by even a minor infection, such as diabetes
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/21/2013

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