Can cellulitis be serious or life-threatening?
Although most cases of cellulitis are successfully treated with antibiotics, complications can arise when the condition is left untreated or keeps coming back. For example, untreated cellulitis can cause pus-filled wounds, gangrene, or infection of the blood, bone, brain or deep layers of skin. Some signs that the infection has spread include fever, increased heart rate, rapid breathing, vomiting and confusion. However, complications are rare and tend to be more common in the elderly, young children or people with a weakened immune system.
Author: Lauren Donley
First answered: 19 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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