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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2014

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Diagnosing, assessing and managing cellulitis in the community

Diagnosing, assessing and managing cellulitis in the community
Skin Care

Pages: 92 - 96

Article topics: Cellulitis, Skin Care, Streptococci

Cellulitis is an acute bacterial infection of the skin and underlying subcutaneous tissue, mostly caused by Group A Streptococci (Mortimer, 2000; Cox, 2009) and Staphylococcus aureus (Hadzovic et al, 2012) (Figure 1). It can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly affects the lower limb in 75–90% of cases (Tsao and Johnson, 1997).