What is the role of the patient’s medical history in determining cellulitis treatment?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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A directed history is vital to the proper care of a patient with cellulitis. The patient may or may not relate an episode of trauma that preceded symptoms; when cellulitis develops, it is usually several days after the inciting trauma. Rapid progression or significant pain is a concerning sign that may indicate a severe problem, such as necrotizing fasciitis, which should be managed promptly.

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