Symptoms of cellulitis develop suddenly and can get worse quickly. It affects the skin and can also cause additional symptoms.
Cellulitis causes the affected skin to become:
There may also be a break in the skin, although this isn't always obvious, and pus or blood-filled Blisters .
Any part of the body can be affected.
Commonly affected areas include the lower legs, feet, arms or hands, and sometimes the face, particularly around the eyes.
See your GP or visit your nearest minor injuries unit as soon as possible if an area of your skin suddenly turns red, painful and hot.
Cellulitis can also cause additional symptoms that may develop before or alongside the changes to yourskin.
These can include:
Occasionally the infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the deeper layers of tissue, blood, muscle and bone. This canbe very serious and potentially life threatening.
Signs the infection has spread include:
Call 999 orgo to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department immediately if you have other symptoms in addition to changes to your skin.
A high temperature, also known as a fever, is when someone's body temperature goes above the normal 37C (98.6F).
Cellulitis is a potentially serious infection of the deeper layers of skin. Find out about the symptoms, causes, treatments and possible complications.
Find out about the main symptoms of cellulitis and when to get medical advice.
Cellulitis is usually caused by an infection of the tissues beneath the skin after the surface of the skin is damaged.