Canterbury DHB

Context

Cellulitis - Simple and Erysipelas

Pathogens

Drug Treatment

Empiric

flucloxacillin

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IV 2 g every six hours

then PO 1000 mg four times a day

Mild penicillin allergy

cefazolin

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IV 2 g every eight hours

followed by early switch to

cefalexin

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PO 500 mg four times a day

Severe penicillin allergy

clindamycin

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PO 450 mg three times a day

Pathogens Known

S. aureus

S. pyogenes/other streptococci

benzylpenicillin

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(Penicillin G)

IV 1.8 g (3 megaunits) every six hours

followed by early switch to

phenoxymethylpenicillin

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(Penicillin V)

PO 500 mg four times a day

OR

amoxicillin

HMLSchedNZFPMLnoids

PO 500 mg three times a day

Information about this Canterbury DHB document (99260):

Document Owner:

Not assigned (see Who's Who)

Last Updated:

March 2018 (Skin and Soft Tissue)

Next Review Due:

March 2021

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Topic Code: 99260