WHAT IS CELLULITIS?
Cellulitis is a skin infection, which can spread from a cut or a scratch into surrounding soft tissue. It is a serious condition that can lead to necrotising fasciitis or septicaemia and amputations, or in extreme cases, death. What to look for: Redness or swelling larger than a 10c piece, not necessarily right at the site of a wound. It can be caused by untreated eczema or athlete’s foot. How to prevent it: Handwashing, treat eczema and athlete’s foot. Wash and cover cuts. What to do if you think you have it: See a doctor; you will need antibiotics.