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Prim Care. 2018 Sep;45(3):433-454. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2018.05.004.

Skin Infections.

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Department of Family and Community Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, 121 North Nyes Road, Harrisburg, PA 17112, USA. Electronic address:
Department of Family Medicine, Tidelands Health MUSC Family Medicine Residency Program, 4320 Holmestown Road, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588, USA.


The primary care provider will commonly see skin and soft tissue infections in the outpatient setting. Skin and soft tissue infections range from the uncomplicated impetigo to the potentially lethal necrotizing fasciitis. This article reviews these infections based on their underlying etiology: bacterial, fungal, and viral causes. This article discusses the etiology, presentation, evaluation, and management of impetigo, bullous impetigo, erysipelas, cellulitis, periorbital cellulitis, orbital cellulitis, folliculitis, furuncles, carbuncles, abscess, necrotizing fasciitis, sporotrichosis, tinea corporis, tinea pedis, tinea capitis, Herpes Simplex Virus, zoster, molluscum contagiosum, and warts.


Bacterial, fungal, and Viral skin infections; Bullous impetigo; Cellulitis; Erysipelas; Impetigo; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Orbital cellulitis; Periorbital cellulitis

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