The term 'skin infection' or 'skin sepsis' includes cellulitis, impetigo and abscesses of the skin and subcutaneous tissue, all of which are caused by bacterial infection.
Other conditions which compromise skin integrity including eczema , insect bites and scabies causing bacterial skin infections are included.
A comprehensive approach to intervention which addresses underlying social, economic and environmental factors as well as health service access and quality issues is required in recurrent, persistent or serious skin sepsis.
Due to potential serious complications medical treatment with oral antibiotic is recommended for boils, cellulitis and impetigo bigger than a shirt button or multiplying impetigo.
Last updated : Thursday, May 18, 2017
Next review date : Friday, May 18,2018