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Cellulitis

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Introduction
Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper layers of the skin, usually caused by the group A streptococcus bacteria. Learn more, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
Symptoms of cellulitis
The main symptom of cellulitis is the area of affected skin suddenly turning hot, red, swollen and tender. Learn more, including when to seek medical advice.
Causes of cellulitis
Cellulitis is usually caused by an infection of the tissues beneath the skin after the surface of the skin is damaged.
Treating cellulitis
Treatment for cellulitis depends on what caused the infection, the severity of your symptoms and the general state of your health.
Complications of cellulitis
Complications of cellulitis can include blood poisoning, abscesses, and meningitis.
Preventing cellulitis
The risk of cellulitis can be reduced by washing hands regularly, treating skin wounds and keeping fingernails short.
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