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Can you die from cellulitis?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Rarely

The infection in severe cases can spread causing sepsis.
It is best to treat early with antibiotics so that infection resolves and does cause complications such as scarring, color change or systemic effects.

In brief: Rarely

The infection in severe cases can spread causing sepsis.
It is best to treat early with antibiotics so that infection resolves and does cause complications such as scarring, color change or systemic effects.
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dr. Morris Westfried
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Dr. Martin Tyson
Addiction Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible-depends

Untreated cellulitis can certainly spread and worsen to the point of overwhelming bodies organ systems.
Can also be a sign of underlying more significant tissue injury such as abscess, necrosis or necrotizing fasciitis. Mostly self limited with appropriate treatment, but that distinction needs to be made by a qualified doc.

In brief: Possible-depends

Untreated cellulitis can certainly spread and worsen to the point of overwhelming bodies organ systems.
Can also be a sign of underlying more significant tissue injury such as abscess, necrosis or necrotizing fasciitis. Mostly self limited with appropriate treatment, but that distinction needs to be made by a qualified doc.
Dr. Martin Tyson
Dr. Martin Tyson
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
Wound care

In brief: Yes

Of course one can die with cellulitis.
The reason why you need to be seen by an expert in the treatment of cellulitis.

In brief: Yes

Of course one can die with cellulitis.
The reason why you need to be seen by an expert in the treatment of cellulitis.
Dr. Robert Dorsey
Dr. Robert Dorsey
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