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Unformatted text preview: Diagnosis The diagnosis of Cellulitis is largely based on clinical findings of an acute onset, red and painful area of skin. There may also be constitutional symptoms of fever, chills, and malaise. All patients have a raised WCC and elevated ESR +/- elevated CRP. Skin and blood culture are non-specific and are not recommended. Treatment In a low risk MRSA patient, treatment with a beta-lactam antibiotic (e.g. cefalexin) for 7 10 days. If at risk of MRSA (hospital care exposure, IV drug users, military personnel), treatment with a non-beta-lactam antibiotic (e.g. Vancomycin IV) is recommended. If frequent relapses (3 or more per year), prophylaxis with a penicillin or macrolide may be beneficial (e.g. phenoxymethylpenicillin) Prognosis Most episodes of Cellulitis resolve with therapy, and major complications usually do not occur. Prevention Controlling breaks in the skin and treating tinea pedis have been shown to prevent cellulitis....
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
- Fall '10