Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

Published: July 2014
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  • Key Points
  • Types of SSTIs
    • Impetigo and Ecthyma
    • Purulent SSTIs
    • Recurrent Skin Abscesses
    • Erysipelas and Cellulitis
    • Recurrent Cellulitis
      • Anti-inflammatory Agents for Cellulitis
    • Surgical Site Infections
    • Necrotizing Fasciitis, Including Fournier's
    • Gangrene
    • Pyomyositis
    • Clostridial Gas Gangrene or Myonecrosis
    • Infected Animal Bite-related Wounds
    • Cat Scratch Disease and Bacillary Angiomatosis
  • Specific Infective Agents
    • Cutaneous Anthrax
    • Erysipeloid
    • Glanders
    • Bubonic Plague
    • Tularemia
  • Persistent or Recurrent Episodes
  • Fever and Neutropenia
  • Immunocompromised Patients
  • Cellular Immunodeficiency
  • Figures
    • Wound Infection Algorithm
  • Tables
    • Antimicrobial therapy for Staphylococcal and Streptococcal SSTIs
    • Treatment of Necrotizing Infections of the Skin, Fascia and Muscle
    • Antibiotics for Treatment of Incisional Surgical Site Infections
    • Recommended Therapy for Infections after Animal or Human Bites
    • Standard Doses of Antifungal Agents
    • Standard Doses of Antimicrobial Agents Active Against Multiple Drug-Resistant Organisms
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