- While many hand infections are superficial, diligent evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of these infections are central for preventing disability and morbidity.
- Maintaining a wide differential diagnosis is important as some hand infections may mimic others.
- In geographic areas with more than a 10% to 15% prevalence of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) hand infections, empiric antibiotics should adequately cover MRSA.
- Once culture results are available, antibiotic regimens should be narrowed to reduce the development of resistant pathogens.
Recommended CitationBilolikar, Vivek K.; Seigerman, Daniel A; and Ilyas, Asif M., "Diagnosis and Management of Common Hand Infections." (2020). Rothman Institute Faculty Papers. Paper 123.