Flashcards in Skin And Soft Tissue Infections Deck (12):
What does impetigo look like?
Initially start off as vesicles
Which eventually erupt
To form golden crusts
What age group is affected most by impetigo?
What specific advice would you give to patients with impetigo?
Avoid spread of infection by not sharing towels, washing hands often etc
What organisms may cause impetigo?
Group A haemolytic strep
How would you treat impetigo
Topical antibiotics e.g. fusidic acid
Oral flucloxacillin if systemically unwell
How does cellulitis usually present?
Skin is red, swollen, painful, warm and may look shiny
Systemic features - fever, malaise, increased RR
Where on the body does cellulitis usually affect?
Skin on the legs
But can affect anywhere
What organisms commonly cause cellulitis?
How would you treat cellulitis?
IV flucloxacillin if systemically unwell or not responding to oral treatment
What is the maximum safe dose of flucloxacillin?
If flucloxacillin was ineffective at the max dose in treating cellulitis, what other diagnoses would you consider?