An acute bacterial infection of the dermis and subcutaneous (SC) tissue
Types and ...
Previous trauma, surgery, animal/human bites, dermatitis, fungal infection are portals of entry for bacterial pathogens.
Pain, itching, and/or burning
Immobilize and elevate involved limb to reduce swelling.
Sterile saline dressings or cool aluminum acetate compresses for pain relief
Edema: compression stocking, pneumatic pum...
Repeat relevant labs (blood culture, CBC, potentially LP) if patient is toxic or not improving.
Consider deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis.
Gunderson CG. Cellulitis: definition, etiology, and clinical features. Am J Med. 2011;124(12):1113–1122. [View Abstract on OvidMedline]
Liu C, Bayer A, Cosgrove SE, et al. Cli...
H05.019 Cellulitis of unspecified orbit
H05.011 Cellulitis of right orbit
H05.012 Cellulitis of left orbit
H05.013 Cellulitis of bilateral orbits
S. aureus and group A Streptococcus are the most common organisms causing cellulitis.
Consider MRSA if cellulitis does not respond to antibiotics within 48 hours.
Rapid expansion of infe...
Sign up for a 10-day FREE Trial now and receive full access to all content.