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Test yourself on bacterial skin infections

Are the following statements true or false? Click on the Answers link at the end to find out

Are the following statements true or false? Click on the Answers link at the end to find out

Erysipelas

A Is typically caused by infection with Staphylococcus aureus

B May result in fever and rigors

C Is characterised by the skin lesions having a raised border

D Often occurs in diabetics

E Can rarely be complicated by endocarditis and joint involvement

Acute paronychia

A Usually results from infection with staphylococcal, streptococcal or pseudomonas organism

B Should be treated first line with oral antibiotics

C Typically presents with pain and swelling

D Is associated with prolonged immersion of the hands in water

E Can be distinguished from a herpetic whitlow if there are no individual vesicles

A carbuncle

A Is caused by infection of a group of adjacent hair follicles

B Discharges pus from a single point

C May be associated with malnutrition and drug misuse

D Heals quickly after discharging

E On the face may rarely be complicated by cavernous sinus thrombosis

Impetigo

A Is typically caused by Streptococcus pyogenes

B Topical treatment is adequate for localised lesions

C Commonly progresses to systemic infection

D May complicate an underlying skin problem such as eczema

E Children should be kept at home until the lesions are crusted or healed

Erysipelas Erysipelas Acute paronychia Acute paronychia A carbuncle A carbuncle Impetigo Impetigo Answers

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