Learn if cellulitis spreads

Dr. Phil Mitchell
Medically reviewed by Dr. Phil Mitchell

Can cellulitis spread?

Without prompt medical care, cellulitis can spread through the body and cause sepsis, a serious blood infection. Seek emergency medical care if you notice signs of sepsis, including:

  • Confusion
  • Fast heart rate
  • Fever
  • Trouble breathing
  • Worsening rash or pain

Prompt medical care can prevent serious complications from cellulitis. Oral antibiotics (pills) usually clear up the infection quickly and stop it from spreading. Cellulitis isn’t contagious, so it does not spread from person to person.