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A 33-year-old member asked:

what are the tests for erysipelas?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
No test to diagnose:: (although a culture can confirm the diagnosis) - but usually the diagnosis is clinical: if it looks like erysipelas, that's what it is.
Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
None: Erysipelas is an infection of the superficial skin and subcutaneous lymphatics. It is almost always caused by beta hemolytic strains of streptococcus. It is treated with oral or parenteral antibiotics (depending on severity) usually of the penicillin class. There is no test to diagnose erysipelas. The diagnosis is based on symptoms and physical examination.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How is erysipelas spread?

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Dr. Willam Lau
Infectious Disease 10 years experience
Contact: Erysipelas is caused by staph and strep organism in the skin. Transmission is by direct contact.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How is erysipelas usually transmitted?

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Dr. Tsu-Yi Chuang
Dermatology 50 years experience
Contagious: It is caused by common bacteriae on the skin. It could transmit from person to person through close-contact or open wound. For the person him/herself, from one infected area to other open areas through scratching, abrasion or cuts.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is erysipelas?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Erysipelas: Erysipelas is a superficial bacterial skin infection that characteristically extends into the cutaneous lymphatics. Erysipelas has been traced back to the middle ages, where it was referred to as st. Anthony's fire. Redness of the affected area spreads rapidly with an aching burning sensation. Treatment is with antibiotics.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Will erysipelas kill me?

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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Pulmonary Critical Care 25 years experience
Unlikely: You should improve with antibiotic treatment.
CA
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are the consequences of developing erysipelas?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Erysipelas: Erysipelas is a type of skin infection usually caused by group a streptococcus bacteria. Symptoms can include: fever, shaking and chills, pain, sores on the skin, and even blisters. Treatment is usually with an antibiotic called penicillin.

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