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The main symptom of cellulitis is a painful, hot, swollen area of skin. It usually looks red, but this may be less obvious on brown or black skin.

Cellulitis usually needs to be treated with antibiotics. It can be serious if it's not treated quickly.

You can help ease the symptoms of cellulitis by taking painkillers, drinking plenty of fluids and raising the affected body part to reduce swelling.

Cellulitis can spread to other parts of the body including the blood, muscles and bones if it's not treated quickly.

Things that increase your risk of cellulitis include poor circulation, inactivity and a weak immune system.

Cellulitis is an infection caused by bacteria getting into the deeper layers of your skin.

Page last reviewed: 17/04/2024
Next review due: 17/04/2027