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Bacterial Infection of the Skin Evaluation
- Cellulitis of the face
- Cellulitis of the ear
- Cellulitis of the arm
- Cellulitis of the hand
- Cellulitis of the leg
- Cellulitis of the foot
- Cellulitis of the abdomen
- Cellulitis of the breast
Testing is not usually necessary to make the diagnosis of cellulitis.
Tests that may be used to evaluate cellulitis include:
- Wound culture:
- If there is a break in the skin or discharge from a wound a culture may be performed to aid in the identification of the infecting bacteria.
- Blood cultures
- Complete blood count
- Bone x-rays:
- Useful if you think the infection may have spread to bone (osteomyelitis)
- Useful to detect a fracture.
- Antistreptolysin O titers
- Streptozyme level
- Anti-DNAse level
- Extremity ultrasound:
- Useful to exclude the possibility of a soft tissue abscess.
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PubMed Bacterial Infection of the Skin References
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- Swartz MN. Clinical practice. Cellulitis. N Engl J Med. 2004 Feb 26;350(9):904-12.