Learn if cellulitis goes away

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell

Does cellulitis go away?

Mild cases of cellulitis may clear up within a few weeks. But don’t wait to see if cellulitis will go away on its own. Without medical care, cellulitis can spread to other areas of the body and become a life-threatening blood infection.

Your doctor can give you oral antibiotics (pills) to treat cellulitis. Once you start taking antibiotics, you should feel better within 3 to 5 days. Make sure you finish all your medicine, even if you feel better.