Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin that is usually caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria. It is an infection of the deeper layers of skin that makes the affected areas look red and swollen. In most cases, cellulitis is painful. Though the symptoms can be visible anywhere on the body, it mostly affects one of the legs.
Cellulitis is not contagious as it is an infection of the deeper layers of skin and the dermis; however it can spread through damaged tissues, cuts, or cracks. Treatment is required to reduce the symptoms as well as control the bacterial infection. There are some typical symptoms associated with this condition, on appearance of which, one must visit a physician as soon as possible.
Any infection, including bacterial infection, can cause a fever. One can experience a temporary increase in the body’s temperature in response to cellulitis. It is the most defining symptom of this condition. You may have a fever, usually 102 degrees F or greater. The fever can be accompanied with chills, sweats, and shakes. The symptom can continue after cellulitis becomes evident. A physical examination performed by your doctor can help combat fever caused by cellulitis. In case of persistent high fever, blood cultures can be of use. You may need to stay in a hospital if you develop a very high fever that does not go away.