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Cellulitis (cont.)

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for Cellulitis?

Check the skin often. Cellulitis can worsen quickly. Call your doctor or go to an emergency room if you have any of the following signs or symptoms of cellulitis:

  • Fever or chills
  • Redness on the skin
  • Red streaks in the 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 the following:

  • High fevers or chills
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Obvious enlargement or hardening of the reddened area
  • Increasing pain, blisters, or pus
  • Numbness of the reddened or tender area when lightly touched (this can suggest necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Dark or blackened area that is tender, red, swollen, and warm (necrotizing fasciitis)
  • Signs or symptoms around the eye with loss of vision or inability to move the eye (orbital cellulitis)
  • Signs or symptoms around the ear with hearing loss
  • Signs or symptoms around the nose and face
  • Other medical problems that may be affected by even a minor infection, such as diabetes, liver disease, iron overload, or poor immune function (immune deficiency or immunosuppression)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/19/2016

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