What are the inpatient treatment recommendations for cellulitis without purulent drainage or abscess (nonpurulent cellulitis)?

Updated: Apr 15, 2021
  • Author: Alfred Scott Lea, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Inpatient treatment recommendations are as follows:

* Total duration of therapy is typically 5-7 days. Extend therapy if cellulitis is slow to respond.13

** Parenteral antibiotics are given 1-3 days until the patient is stabilized and improving; then, transition to oral antibiotics for the duration of therapy.1

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