Cellulitis is a sudden, non contagious infection of the skin, characterised by redness, swelling and heat, with associated pain and tenderness. It is usually accompanied by fever, nausea/vomiting and a feeling of generally being unwell. People with lymphoedema are particularly susceptible to cellulitis because the lymphatic system is damaged or overloaded and does not function adequately to fight infection (LSN factsheet ‘What is cellulitis June 2021).
The ILF has recently had an article published by the British Journal of Dermatology which aims ‘to investigate the prevalence and risk factors of cellulitis in chronic leg oedema including lymphoedema’. This is an open access paper and can be found at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjd.19803