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 the appearance of which, one must visit a physician as soon as possible.
Any infection, including bacterial infection, can cause a fever. Your body temperature rises in response to cellulitis. You may have a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. You can also get chills, sweats, and shakes. See your doctor to seek treatment for the fever as soon as possible. He may prescribe another course of treatment for your condition.