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When Is Cellulitis an Emergency?

Understanding When Cellulitis Warrants a Trip to the ER

Cellulitis, a common but potentially serious bacterial skin infection, can turn into an emergency situation if not treated promptly. This condition requires immediate attention and appropriate treatment to avoid complications.

If you have been diagnosed with cellulitis and your condition is worsening, don’t hesitate to visit your local emergency room today. Our dedicated team at Advance ER is here to help.

What Is Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper layers of the skin and the underlying tissues. It typically causes redness, swelling, and pain in the affected area. If left untreated, the infection can spread to your lymph nodes and bloodstream, making it life-threatening.

Recognizing Signs of an Emergency

Cellulitis becomes an emergency when the infection begins to spread or worsen. Severe symptoms that indicate an emergency may include increasing redness, swelling, pain that lasts over 24 hours, lack of improvement after 48 hours on antibiotics, and recurrent episodes which may damage the lymphatic drainage system, causing chronic swelling of the affected limb.

The Importance of Immediate Treatment

It's crucial to diagnose and treat cellulitis early, in order to prevent the condition from worsening. Most people make a full recovery after 7 to 10 days of treatment; however, if cellulitis is severe, hospital treatment might be necessary.

At Advance ER, we prioritize your health and ensure prompt and effective treatment for conditions like cellulitis. Our team of expert healthcare providers is available around the clock to provide the care you require in any emergency situation.

Visit Us for Prompt Care

When it comes to cellulitis symptoms, don't wait to seek care. If redness, swelling, or pain intensifies over the next 24 hours, see a healthcare provider immediately. It is better to seek treatment at the earliest sign of infection, rather than wait for the condition to develop further and become an emergency.

The Advance ER team is committed to providing you with the highest level of care in your time of need. Contact us at (214) 494-8222 to inquire about treatment or request care.