Guidelines
Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (Cellulitis and Diabetic Foot)

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (Cellulitis and Diabetic Foot)

Clinical Key Points

ELEVATE above the heart, whenever possible

Avoid using same class of antibiotics if used within previous 3 MONTHS

Superficial skin swabs NOT recommended

Usually progresses 24 to 48 hr after initiation of treatment BEFORE it improves

When resolution of systemic symptoms or no further progression

Mild

  • Local infection with erythema > 0.5 cm and ≤ 2 cm around ulcer

Moderate

  • Local infection with erythema > 2 cm or deeper infection

  • With NO systemic symptoms

Severe

  • Local infection with erythema > 2 cm or deeper infection

  • PLUS signs of systemic infection