While you are on duty in the emergency room, a 12-yrs-old boy arrives with pain and inflammation over the heel of his left foot and red streaks extending up the inner aspect of his leg. He remembers removing a wood splinter from the sole of his foot on the previous day. The most likely infecting organism is
a. Lymphangitis is an infection of the lymph vessels (channels). It is a common complication of certain bacterial infections.
b. Lymphangitis most often results from an acute streptococcal infection of the skin.
c. Lymphangitis may be confused with a clot in a vein (thrombophlebitis).
d. Red streaks from the infected area to the armpit or groin (may be faint or obvious)
e. Throbbing pain along the affected area
f. The treatment of lympangitis is conservative, with use of antimicrobials sensitive to streptococci.
g. Use of limb rest with elevation is helpful with addition of appropiate analgesics.