When can cellulitis be treated on an outpatient basis?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients with cellulitis who have mild local symptoms and no evidence of systemic disease can be treated on an outpatient basis. Facial cellulitis of odontogenic origin requires extraction or root canal as well as antibiotic therapy. Elevating limbs with cellulitis expedites resolution of the swelling. Cool sterile saline dressings may be used to remove purulent discharge from any open lesion.


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