Journal Article

High Prevalence of Abscesses and Cellulitis Among Community-Recruited Injection Drug Users in San Francisco

Ingrid A. Binswanger, Alex H. Kral, Ricky N. Bluthenthal, Daniel J. Rybold and Brian R. Edlin

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 30, issue 3, pages 579-581
Published in print March 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/313703
High Prevalence of Abscesses and Cellulitis Among Community-Recruited Injection Drug Users in San Francisco

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The prevalence and risk factors of abscesses and cellulitis among a community sample of injection drug users (IDUs) were investigated. Participants were interviewed, and those with symptoms were examined. Of 169 IDUs, 54 (32%) had abscesses (n = 35), cellulitis (n = 5), or both (n = 14); 27% had lanced their own abscesses; and 16% had self-treated with antibiotics they purchased on the street. IDUs who skin-popped (injected subcutaneously or intramuscularly) were more likely to have an abscess or cellulitis than those who had injected only intravenously (odds ratio, 4.9; 95% confidence interval, 2.2–11). The likelihood of abscesses and cellulitis increased with frequency of skin-popping and decreased with increasing duration of injection drug use. Abscesses are extremely prevalent among IDUs in San Francisco. Skin-popping is a major risk factor, and self-treatment is common.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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