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Cellulitis: What you ought to know

According to the NHS, the number of cases of cellulitis has tripled over the past 15 years. This article explains the features of this condition and how to recognise urgent cases

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Cellulitis is inflammation of loose connective tissue usually with a bacterial cause. Cellulitis commonly seen in community pharmacy often results from insect bites and stings. The condition usually responds to prompt treatment with antibiotics, but complications can arise and it can be fatal.

This article outlines how the condition is diagnosed (including differential diagnoses), and describes the complications that can arise. It also details the different classes of cellulitis and their respective treatments.

To read the full article download the attached PDF.

The authors

Lucy Hedley is senior clinical pharmacist - HIV and infectious diseases and Manju Netto is a foundation year 1 doctor at University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11124586

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