Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Cellulitis?

Michael Stuart Bronze, MD

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November 30, 2015

Certain host factors predispose to severe infection. The elderly and individuals with diabetes are at risk for more severe disease. In addition, patients with diabetes, immunodeficiency, cancer, venous stasis, chronic liver disease, peripheral arterial disease, and chronic kidney disease appear to be at higher risk for recurrent infection because of an altered host immune response. Local control of immune function through interleukin-driven neutrophil recruitment, protective action of antimicrobial peptides, and the integrity of the cutaneous barrier have significant effects on the host's defense against infection.

For more on the risk factors for severe infection, read here.

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