Prognosis for Cellulitis

Studies and research show that the prognosis of cellulitis is extremely good with timely treatment. Most patients respond positively to drugs and antibiotics and show signs of improvement within 2-3 days of the treatment.

In very rare cases, the infection may spread through the bloodstream causing a serious illness. In very serious cases of cellulitis, doctors may recommend surgery which could cause scarring in patients. Cellulitis is rarely a life threatening condition and is usually completely curable with timely treatment. It is very important for the patient to follow the medications prescribed by the doctor even if he/she thinks that the infection has been treated completely. Although the prognosis of cellulitis is good in most cases, the infection can reoccur, especially in individuals suffering from chronic edema in the skin or legs and blood circulation problems.