Symptoms of Cellulitis

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Jan 17, 2013

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Cellulitis is a common skin infection caused by bacteria. The two most common bacteria that cause cellulitis are staphylococcus and streptococcus. Cellulitis can affect any area of your body, but the legs are affected most commonly.

Cellulitis affects the skin in several ways and causes the following symptoms:

  • redness (as the infection increases the redness gets bigger),
  • pain or tenderness in the affected area,
  • warm skin in the affected area and
  • Swollen, tight, glossy, "stretched" appearance of the skin.


In cellulitis, a skin sore or rash may start suddenly and grow rapidly. Some people with cellulitis may develop blisters on the skin. [Read: What is the treatment of Blisters?]

In addition to the symptoms of cellulitis, signs and symptoms of infection may also develop that may make you feel unwell. These symptoms include:

  • fever with chills or shaking,
  • fatigue or tiredness,
  • general ill feeling (malaise),
  • muscle aches and pains,
  • nausea and vomiting,
  • warm skin and
  • sweating.

These symptoms may develop after or along with other changes on your skin. If you have medical conditions such as diabetes, certain cancers (such as leukaemia or lymphoma), HIV or AIDS or are on chemotherapy, there is a decent chance that the infection would have spread from the skin to other parts of the body. In these conditions, you are more likely to develop systemic symptoms of infection. [Read: What is the expected duration of Cellulitis?]

Other symptoms that may develop include:

  • Loss of hair at the site of infection,
  • If cellulitis is near a joint, it may cause joint stiffness because of swelling of the tissue over the joint.


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