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For families whose children live with Paediatric and Primary Lymphoedema


What is Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and tissues under the skin it goes into the deeper layers of the skin, the dermis, and the subcutaneous tissue.


What are the symptoms

How can I tell if my child has cellulitis?  The affected skin appears swollen and red and is typically painful and warm to the touch. Your child is will possibly have an extremely high temperature will feel hot to touch but might also shiver the skin could feel cold, clammy, and become pale. Breathing may become ragged or fast.  Purple patches may develop on the skin.  Your child could become faint or feel dizzy be confused or incoherent, muscle pain or nausea.  One of the easy ways to describe cellulitis is that your child may appear to have flu like symptoms.  Please do take any of the above symptoms seriously and seek medical advice.

Cellulitis usually affects the skin on the lower legs, but it can occur in the face, arms, and other areas.

What should I do?

Should your child develop cellulitis please seek help immediately call your GP or go to your nearest walk-in centre, do not delay because cellulitis develops rapidly often without warning and your child will need antibiotics.

Do not hesitate to take your child to A & E

I have covered the symptoms on this page and in the future, we will give more tips and advice.

Please familiarise yourself with the joint British Lymphology Society and Lymphoedema Support Networks joint Consensus Document on the Management of Cellulitis in Lymphoedema.


This page first published August 2020

Page last updated 12/01/2021