Okay, having made the diagnosis, let's talk about some
downstream complications of skin and soft tissue infections.
First off, sepsis and bacteremia.
We're certainly more worried about
that in anyone whose immunocompromised
and there can be some significant
hematogenous complications of bacteremia.
And here they are:
Septic arthritis, endocarditis which he's already
susceptible for in light of his injection drug use,
and then osteomyelitis as well
particularly in folks with diabetes.
In addition, there are some immune-mediated
complications that can occur as well:
staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis
again which could occur weeks after the initial infection
and then toxic shock syndrome which is most
commonly seen in necrotizing fasciitis.