Cellulitis Symptoms

Written by Diane Sievert
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Cellulitis symptoms are often ignored because many people characterize this infection as nothing more than a rash. As cellulitis symptoms do indeed mirror those of a common rash, it's perfectly comprehensible how this mistake could be made. The main difference between a rash and cellulitis is that cellulitis, since it's a deep tissue infection, generally appears near a wound of some sort.

Common Cellulitis Symptoms

As cellulitis is an infection, the symptoms associated with it are those most often associated with various skin infections. These symptoms include the following: redness, warmth, swelling and pain. If you have a wound or skin trauma of some sort that is exhibiting these common inflammation symptoms, you may have a case of cellulitis.

Sometimes noninfected swelling and inflammation problems are taken to be cellulitis symptoms when they are in fact something else entirely. For instance, people who suffer from poor leg circulation can develop a condition called "stasis dermatitis" that is often mistaken for cellulitis because of the scaly red skin it causes. This, however, is only one of many conditions that is often misdiagnosed as cellulitis.

Where Do Cellulitis Symptoms Develop?

As earlier stated, most cases of cellulitis develop near areas of skin trauma. If you're not sure what constitutes "skin trauma," it includes anything from slight scratches to surgical wounds and ulcers. But do be aware, however, that sometimes cases of cellulitis develop when there is no skin trauma at all.

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