What is the role of beta-lactam agents in the treatment of cellulitis?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Beta-lactam agents have long been the mainstay of therapy for cellulitis. However, the recent increase in the prevalence of community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA) in the general population, [79] especially in cases of cellulitis associated with abscess or purulent drainage, has changed this treatment paradigm to some degree. Common beta-lactam agents that are traditionally used to treat cellulitis do not cover CA-MRSA, so alternative agents or combination therapies are increasingly being used.


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