Urgent Care Center and Symptomatic Care Clinic Nursing Discharge Instructions: Cellulitis

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This information explains nursing discharge instructions for cellulitis from the Urgent Care Center (UCC) or the Symptomatic Care Clinic (SCC).

Cellulitis

Keep the area clean and dry. Always wash your hands before and after touching the wound.
 

For more specific instructions, follow up with your healthcare team.
 

Take your medications as prescribed.
 

Call your MSK healthcare team or visit the nearest emergency room if you have:

  • New or worsening pain.
  • A new rash or any changes in the way the area looks (such as increased redness or streaking).
  • Fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher.
  • Shaking chills.
  • A wound that will not heal.

Your care team may direct you to your regional Symptomatic Care Clinic (SCC) or the Urgent Care Center (UCC).

Follow up with your MSK healthcare team after discharge.

You can search for information on this topic and many others in MSK’s Patient and Caregiver Education library at www.mskcc.org/pe

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