CELLULITIS

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Neha Bansal
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Treatment of cellulitis

Oral therapy

is sufficient in cases with minor infection. However,

large infection

requires

intravenous treatment

. Antibiotics like amoxicillin-clavulanate or first-generation cephalosporin are effective first line agents. However, Ceftriaxonemay also be used. (2) Antibiotics should be given for at least 3-10 days depending on the extent of the disease. (2)

Supportive therapy
like analgesics, cool compress, along with immobilization helps in early recovery. In case the patient is unresponsive to therapy, a second or third generation cephalosporin must be considered. (2)
Recurrent and extensive disease
may require surgical intervention. (2)

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Contributor Information and Disclosures Neha Bansal
MBBS, KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India


First Created : 1/15/2013
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