Fast Five Quiz: Cellulitis

Mary L. Windle, PharmD


May 22, 2023

According to the Infectious Diseases Society of America, blood cultures are recommended for patients with skin or soft-tissue infection who have signs and symptoms of systemic toxicity. Blood cultures should also be done in the following circumstances:

  • Animal bites

  • Cellulitis of specific anatomic sites such as ocular and facial areas

  • Moderate to severe disease, such as cellulitis complicating lymphedema

  • Neutropenia or severe cell-mediated immunodeficiency

  • History of contact with potentially contaminated water

  • Patients with cancer who are receiving chemotherapy

Learn more about blood cultures.


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