Advice on cellulitis / soft tissue infection

Cork Emergency Departments

You have been diagnosed with a skin infection or cellulitis. Cellulitis is caused when bacteria enter the body through broken skin. This can happen with any break to the skin abrasion, cut, scratch, animal bite, or an insect bite. The following information will assist you to take care of yourself at home and indicate when you should return to the Emergency Department (ED) or attend your General Practitioner (GP) for review.

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The Do’s and Don’t of treatment



Call your GP or return to the ED if you have any of the following:

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If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended: MUH (021) 4271971 M-UCC at SMHC (St. Mary’s Health Campus) (021) 4926900 CUH (021) 4920200 LIU Mallow General Hospital (022) 58506 Bantry General Hospital (027) 52900

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan (Modified from work by Dr David Eddie) 04/01/2006. Reviewed by Dr ÍOS 08/04/2007. Next review 08/04/2008.