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A patient has cellulitis of the right foot. The nurse would expect which of the following signs?

Explanation

• Cellulitis is a skin infection that extends into the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.

• The typical signs of cellulitis are an area of skin that is red, warm, tender or painful, swollen, and with a glossy appearance. Fever may be present.  There may be an open wound with or without drainage, but can also occur in areas with skin that is intact.

• Cellulitis is not associated with a change in respiration rate, itching rash, or red nodules.

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