Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

How to Cite This Chapter: Said H, Singhal N. Skin and Soft Tissue Infections. McMaster Textbook of Internal Medicine. Kraków: Medycyna Praktyczna. Accessed May 30, 2024.
Last Updated: August 20, 2020
Last Reviewed: March 16, 2021
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Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are infections involving primarily the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissues. They include a wide array of clinical entities. These conditions typically arise from bacterial or less commonly fungal entry through breaches in the skin barrier. They can be nonpurulent (cellulitis, erysipelas, necrotizing fasciitis) or purulent (furuncle, carbuncle, abscess).

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