What are the general recommendations for treatment of cellulitis with purulent drainage or abscess (purulent cellulitis)?

Updated: Sep 13, 2018
  • Author: Alfred Scott Lea, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Considerations are as follows: [5, 6, 7, 8]

  • If abscess is present, drainage is required.

  • Drainage of abscess without associated cellulitis may be sufficient therapy.

  • Consider antibiotics if cellulitis is present.

  • Gram stain and culture are indicated to determine presence and resistance pattern of pathogen.

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