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Should Chinese herbal medicines be used in patients with skin and softtissue infections?

Skin and softtissue infections (SSTIs) are common infections of the skin or the tissue beneath the skin. They include impetigo, abscesses, cellulitis, erysipelas, necrotising (flesh‐killing) skin infections, infections caused by animal or human bites or by animal contact, and infections after surgery.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2014

Using oxygen at high pressure (in a compression chamber) for the treatment of individuals with severe soft tissue infection (necrotizing fasciitis)

Severe soft tissue infection (necrotizing fasciitis) is life threatening, is associated with prolonged hospital stay and carries high risk of long‐term loss of function. Routine treatment consists of immediate surgical removal of infected tissue and administration of antibiotics. Use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, in addition to surgery and antibiotics has been suggested as a way to minimize tissue loss, decrease the number of limb amputations and reduce death. The aim of HBOT is to increase the supply of oxygen to the site. This approach may be toxic to bacteria, may improve the effectiveness of antibiotics and can improve healing.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2015

Hyperbaric oxygen as an additional treatment for malignant otitis externa

Malignant otitis externa is an uncommon, although potentially fatal, infection of the external ear canal including the surrounding soft tissue and bone. It is mainly found in the elderly or diabetics. Treatments include antibiotics, stringent diabetes control, the repeated removal of dead tissue and surgical management. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is increasingly being used in addition to these treatments where facilities exist. Hyperbaric oxygen treatment involves placing the patient in a compression chamber, increasing the environmental pressure within the chamber and administering 100% oxygen for respiration.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews: Plain Language Summaries [Internet] - John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Version: 2013

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