Patients with evidence of bacteremia and those with underlying diseases such as diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, or other immunosuppressive disorders should be admitted for intravenous antibiotics. Empirical therapy may be started with the antibiotics listed earlier and changed as indicated by culture results.
All patients discharged on oral antibiotics should have close follow-up arranged with their local medical doctor to evaluate the success of treatment. Anti-inflammatory agents for the treatment of cellulitis are experimental at this time, and until further research identifies a specific role, they should be used with caution.
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