Purulent SSTIs

Note

Incision and drainage is recommended in all types of purulent skin and soft tissue infections, regardless of severity and is considered the mainstay of therapy.

Definitions

Infection of the hair follicle with extension of suppurative material into the dermis and subcutaneous tissue.

Interconnecting multiple furuncles are termed carbuncles.

Deep cutaneous infection harbouring collections of pus that may be polymicrobial or monomicrobial (S. aureus) in origin and located independently of follicular structures.

Characteristics and Management