Cellulitis is a serious bacterial infection of the skin usually affecting the lower leg. It is critical to seek medical attention if you suspect you may have cellulitis as it can rapidly worsen if not treated promptly.
Cellulitis is usually caused by damage to the skin when bacteria enter the body through a cut, burn, insect bite, and sometimes Athlete’s foot. There is not always an obvious or visible trigger for the infection to start. People who have diabetes are more likely to develop foot infections due to nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet
Symptoms of cellulitis include increased swelling, tenderness and pain in the lower legs or feet alongside severe redness of the skin which will feels hot to the touch and may have a burning sensation. In addition to these symptoms, cellulitis will cause an individual to feel generally unwell and have flu-like symptoms including aches, fever, and tiredness. These symptoms may start a few days before the cellulitis is visible.
It is vitally important to seek medical attention if you suspect you may have cellulitis as fast as possible before the condition deteriorates.
A GP will provide a course of antibiotics as well as examine the affected area making note of the colour, temperature and swelling to ensure that the infection is healing.
In some cases, if left untreated cellulitis may require a surgical procedure to remove the infection.
Your GP may also recommend a care plan to follow including nutritional advice and self-care.
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