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Skin and soft tissue infections: Clinical
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Focal skin and soft tissue infections are often due to bacteria infections, and include conditions like impetigo, folliculitis, cellulitis, erysipelas, furuncles and carbuncles, and necrotizing fasciitis.
The first step is getting a full history.
Most skin infections tend to be localized and around a particular anatomic structure.
Some individuals have had contact with other individuals with skin infections, and this is commonly the case with community-acquired methicillin-resistant S. aureus, which causes cellulitis and furuncles.
Additionally, there may be adenopathy, which can occur in non-bullous impetigo and cellulitis, bullae which can be seen in bullous impetigo, and crepitus with edema that exceeds the rash border, which can be seen in necrotizing fasciitis.
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