How often do patients with skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs), including cellulitis and abscess, seek medical care?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Overall rates of visits increased for skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs) from 32.1 to 48.1 visits per 1000 population and reached 14.2 million by 2005, and visits for abscess and cellulitis increased from 17.3 to 32.5 visits per 1000 population and accounted for more than 95% of the increase, according to the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. [52] The study provided data regarding visits by patients with SSTIs to physician offices, hospital outpatient departments, and emergency departments in the United States. [52]

Cellulitis was found to account for approximately 3% of emergency medical consultations at one United Kingdom district general hospital.

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