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how long can cellulitis go undetected?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
50 years experience Medical Oncology
It does not!: Cellulitis is usually a serious and rapidly progressive infection of the soft tissues. It produces pain, redness, local heat and frequently causing chills and fever. So it does not remain hidden for more than 24-48 hours. Of course there may be some exceptions but if it is hiding for more than 3-4 days, it is not cellulitis!
Answered on Apr 15, 2013
Dr. Robert Dorsey
36 years experience Wound care
Not long: If you have cellulitis the infection that is caused by it could produce pain with in hours.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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Dr. Michael Miller
36 years experience Wound care
Not possible: 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 including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong.
Answered on Aug 28, 2013

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