How should antimicrobials be chosen for common pathogens in patients with cellulitis?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In general, the clinician should choose empiric antimicrobial coverage for common pathogens in each given clinical scenario and narrow coverage if culture data become available. Inappropriate antimicrobial selection and dosing have been found to be independent risk factors for clinical failure in patients admitted to the hospital for cellulitis with or without abscess. [80] In patients whose condition is not responding to therapy, consultation with an infectious disease specialist may be helpful. [81]


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