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Diagnosis and management of cellulitis in a primary care setting

Margaret Perry looks at what nurses need to known about this common skin infection

Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection which can affect any age and any race, and is reported to result in over 100,000 admissions to hospital in England alone.1  The condition is most frequently seen in the lower limbs but can occur at various other sites such as the arms, ears, face, and the trunk.  The disorder places a considerable burden on health services and, if left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to complications, some of which can be potentially life threatening. Diagnosis can be challenging because of its similarity with other skin conditions. This article will focus on cellulitis in adults and hopes to give nurses and non-medical prescribers more confidence in recognising and treating this common but potentially serious infection.

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