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Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis may first appear as a red, swollen area that feels hot and tender to the touch. The redness and swelling often spread rapidly. Cellulitis is usually painful.
In most cases, the skin on your lower legs is affected, although the infection can occur anywhere on your body or face. Cellulitis usually affects the surface of your skin, but it may also affect the underlying tissues. Cellulitis can also spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream.
If cellulitis isn’t treated, the infection might become life-threatening. You should get medical help right away if you experience the symptoms of cellulitis.This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.
- Caused by bacteria or fungi entering through a crack or cut in the skin
- Red, painful, swollen skin with or without oozing that spreads quickly
- Hot and tender to the touch
- Fever, chills, and red streaking from the rash might be a sign of serious infection requiring medical attention