Learn how long it takes for cellulitis goes away

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell

How long does it take for cellulitis to go away?

With antibiotic treatment, cellulitis usually goes away within 7 to 10 days. The infection may take 2 weeks or longer to clear up if you have a weakened immune system, diabetes or a circulation problem.

Cellulitis usually will not go away on its own, so don’t wait to seek care. Without antibiotic treatment, cellulitis can get worse and cause sepsis, a serious blood infection. Talk to your provider if you’re taking antibiotics and the infection isn’t better within 5 days.