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Will cellulitis kill me

A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Usually not: Particularly if you get the right antibiotics at the appropriate time. In some cases, cellulitis can lead to septic shock and death.
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
What's the cause ?: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender) . It can be caused by many things in... Read More

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Unlikely: If it was never treated and let go for weeks then it might. Most cases of cellulitis are easily treated with antibiotics. If it is "periorbital" cel... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
You don't mention what your treatment was. Umbilical cellulitis is usually a bacterial infection that responds to a course of appropriate antibiotic t... Read More
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
may not have been appropriate antibiotics that were given, so infection not completely resolved have it rechecked may need a different antibiotic.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robyn Siperstein
Dermatology 17 years experience
Any skin opening: Any skin opening from a bug bite to an injury or scratch can allow bacteria to penetrate into the skin and grow which is cellulitis.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Bloodstream: Bacteria can spread through the blood throughout the body potentially in rare cases becoming a serious whole body infection.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
Wound care 36 years experience
Streaking infection: Cellulitis may appear as a small streak over the skin due to an infection or it may appear as redness surrounding an infection. The skin can get red a... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Rothman
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Antibiotics: Antibiotics are the treatment of choice for cellulitis. A good choice is keflex.
A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
It depends: Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and underlying tissue, often by an infection. It is commonly treated with an antibiotic. The success & duratio... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Redness: Cellulitis is a skin and subcutaneous tissue infection. This results in erythema (redness), tenderness, heat in the tissues. Fever and lymphangitic st... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelvin Barry
Podiatry 17 years experience
Infection: cellulitis is a infection in the skin and tissue beneath the skin, caused by bacteria and sometimes by fungus. Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are t... Read More