Uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections

Uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections (USSSI) refer to a group of common bacterial infections that affect the skin and underlying tissues. These infections are usually caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes.

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The term uncomplicated indicates that the infection is localized and does not involve deeper tissues or organs. USSSI can manifest as various skin conditions, including impetigo, cellulitis, abscesses, or wound infections.

Common symptoms of uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections may include redness, swelling, warmth, pain, or tenderness in the affected area. Some individuals may also experience fever or other systemic symptoms if the infection spreads.

Treatment for uncomplicated skin and skin structure infections typically involves the use of antibiotics to eliminate the underlying bacterial infection. The choice of antibiotic may depend on the specific bacteria involved and their susceptibility to different medications. In some cases, surgical drainage of abscesses or infected wounds may be necessary.

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Prevention of these infections largely involves good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing, keeping wounds clean and covered, and avoiding close contact with individuals who have active skin infections. It is also important to promptly treat any skin injuries or wounds to prevent bacterial colonization and potential infection.

General Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation of the affected area
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth to the touch
  • Pus or discharge
  • Itching or rash
  • Fever or chills
  • Fatigue or weakness