Table 3 Summary of selected treatments
CellulitisIntravenous beta-lactam antibiotics with activity against Staphylococcus aureusExcellent, generally starts to improve within 24–48 h
Allergic contact dermatitisCessation of allergen; potent topical corticosteroid twice daily; in widespread cases, systemic corticosteroid for 2–3 weeksExcellent, generally starts to improve within 2–3 days
Erythema nodosumSeek underlying cause and treat; aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or potent topical/intralesional corticosteroids and/or systemic corticosteroids if severeDependent upon underlying diagnosis
Papular urticariaAntihistamines, potent topical corticosteroidsExcellent for acute lesions; more chronic/recurrent lesions can be refractory