Skin and soft tissue infections in older adults

Clin Geriatr Med. 2007 Aug;23(3):595-613, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2007.03.002.


Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) are a common cause of morbidity in older patients. Because of changes in skin consistency, immunosenescence, and the presence of underlying skin conditions and comorbid conditions, elderly persons are at high risk for SSTIs. Specific community- and hospital-associated SSTIs are reviewed in this article with particular emphasis on the epidemiology, prevention, risk factors, and treatment of SSTIs in older patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / administration & dosage
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Drug Administration Routes
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Morbidity / trends
  • Prognosis
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial* / drug therapy
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial* / epidemiology
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial* / etiology
  • Soft Tissue Infections* / drug therapy
  • Soft Tissue Infections* / epidemiology
  • Soft Tissue Infections* / etiology


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents