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What is the difference between cellulitis and sepsis?

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Dr. Rajesh Rethnam
Pulmonary Critical Care 23 years experience
Big difference: Cellulitis is just infection of skin. Sepsis is if that infection goes to blood and produce chemicals affecting other organs.
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Sepsis: Cellulitis is infection of the skin. Sepsis is a clinical syndrome defined by having 2 or more of the defining symptoms of fever (or hypothermia), tachycardia, tachypnea, and leukocytosis or leukopenia. Septicemia means having multiplying bacteria in your bloodstream.

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