Cutaneous Infections in the Office Setting
The practicing clinician frequently encounters skin and soft tissue infections, which vary in severity from localized infections such as folliculitis to invasive and life-threatening illnesses such as necrotizing fasciitis. Factors that determine the extent of an infection include the infecting organism, predisposing conditions, and immunologic status of the host. A cutaneous rash may indicate a systemic disease such as toxic shock syndrome or reflect a localized process such as cellulitis. Systemic manifestations such as chills and fever may or may not be present in patients with skin and subcutaneous infections. The clinician must determine if hospitalization is indicated as well as which diagnostic studies and therapy should be initiated. Infections resulting from animal bites are discussed in Chapter 15. This chapter focuses on the common skin infections seen in the office practice.
KeywordsHerpes Zoster Lyme Disease Necrotizing Fasciitis Postherpetic Neuralgia Toxic Shock Syndrome
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