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Does cellulitis cause meningitis? I heard it could.

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Rarely

This infection is usually confined to the tissues involved.
Normal immune factors keep it in check unless it is ignored and extends due to lack of treatment. Someone with a compromised immune system would be at higher risk.Your routine cellulitis is rarely if ever going to enter the blood to travel to the brain.

In brief: Rarely

This infection is usually confined to the tissues involved.
Normal immune factors keep it in check unless it is ignored and extends due to lack of treatment. Someone with a compromised immune system would be at higher risk.Your routine cellulitis is rarely if ever going to enter the blood to travel to the brain.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Cellulitis

Cellulitis may travel through the bloodstream and if it is untreated, it can travel into the meninges and cause meningitis.
One cannot ignore cellulitis. See your physician for treatment.

In brief: Cellulitis

Cellulitis may travel through the bloodstream and if it is untreated, it can travel into the meninges and cause meningitis.
One cannot ignore cellulitis. See your physician for treatment.
Dr. Corinne Kauderer
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Dr. Vasu Brown
Wound care

In brief: Yes

If cellulitis occurs in face then can lead to meningitis.

In brief: Yes

If cellulitis occurs in face then can lead to meningitis.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Dr. Vasu Brown
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