Cellulitis is a common type of skin infection caused by bacteria. In most cases, it responds well to treatment, but the infection can spread to blood and other parts of the body.
Consult your doctor if:
You have any sign or symptom suggestive of cellulitis such as redness, pain or tenderness, warm skin and swelling of skin anywhere in the body. In cellulitis, the skin sore or rash may start suddenly and grow rapidly. Infection from skin can spread to blood and other parts of the body. Risk of rapid spread of infection is more likely in people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, certain cancers (such as leukaemia or lymphoma), HIV or AIDS or who are on chemotherapy.
Consult your doctor immediately if:
There are some symptoms that indicate that the infection has spread from your skin to other parts of your body such as your blood. If you have one or more of the above mentioned symptoms, consult your doctor immediately or the visit emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible. The above symptoms suggest that you may need urgent medical attention.
Who to consult
Some health professionals, who can be consulted for cellulitis include:
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