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SKIN AND SOFT TISSUE INFECTIONS

Skin and soft tissue infections are diagnosed principally by a careful history (e.g., temporal progression, travel, animal exposure, bites, trauma, underlying medical conditions) and physical examination (appearance of lesions and distribution). Treatment of common skin infections is summarized in Table 93-1; parenteral treatment is usually given until systemic signs and symptoms have improved. Types of skin lesions include the following:

TABLE 93-1TREATMENT OF COMMON INFECTIONS OF THE SKIN

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