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

Updated: Apr 15, 2021
  • Author: Alfred Scott Lea, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Considerations are as follows:5678

  • If abscess is present, drainage is required. Brdside ultrasond may help localize abscess for drainage.

  • 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.1

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