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Cellulitis in Patients With Diabetes: Strep or Staph?

Cellulitis in Patients With Diabetes: Strep or Staph?

Advances in environmental sanitation, immunizations, antimicrobial therapy, and medical research have greatly reduced the impact of infectious diseases (IDs) on our communities. Nonetheless, infections and the cost of treating them remain a burden to the health care system.

In primary care practice, we may spend more time making referrals for suspected ID than actually treating infected patients. Here, as a brush up, is the fourth in our series of 10 practical ID pearls.

4. Is cellulitis in patients who have diabetes but do not have diabetic foot ulcers more likely to be caused by Streptococcus or Staphylococcus species?

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