Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

Imad M Tleyjeh and Larry M Baddour

in Mayo Clinic Infectious Diseases Board Review

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827626
Published online June 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199929641 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

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Common skin and soft tissue infections covered in this chapter include impetigo, folliculitis, furuncles, carbuncles, cellulitis, and necrotizing fasciitis. Impetigo is a superficial pustular skin infection. Multiple lesions occur on exposed skin of the face and extremities. Staphylococcus aureus causes most cases. Folliculitis is a superficial skin infection of hair follicles. A furuncle is a purulent, painful nodular skin infection involving the hair follicle that is usually a complication of folliculitis. A carbuncle is a cluster of abscesses in subcutaneous tissue that drain through hair follicles. The prevailing pathogen for both furuncles and carbuncles is S aureus. Skin abscesses involve the dermis and deeper skin tissues. Often a pustule is present on the skin. For most cases the pathogen is S aureus. Cellulitis involves skin and subcutaneous tissues. Clinical manifestations of cellulitis include swelling, erythema, tenderness, and warmth. Necrotizing forms of cellulitis are necrotizing fasciitis types I and II. Clinical features include fulminant destruction of tissue and systemic toxicity.

Chapter.  3398 words. 

Subjects: Infectious Diseases

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