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How is erysipelas spread?

Usually: It usually occurs after trauma to the skin. The leg is the most common site followed by the face. ...Read more

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Dr. Binita Shah
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Erysipelas (Definition)

Erysipelas is a skin infection that is often caused by a specific type of bacteria. Common symptoms include blisters, fever, raised skin lesions, and sores on the cheeks and the nose. The skin under the lesions may be ...Read more


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What are the tests for erysipelas?

What are the tests for erysipelas?

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. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is erysipelas?

What sort of disorder is erysipelas?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of erysipelas?

What are the symptoms of erysipelas?

Redness, burning: Patients usually start with malaise, chills, and high fever before the onset of the skin lesions. Itching, burning, and tenderness are typical complaints. The skin findings usually start with a small red patch (flat area) that progresses to a fiery-red, firm, tense, and shiny plaque. Sometimes there is a history of a minor injury but often it is hard to identify. Usually caused by group a strep. ...Read more

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Does erysipelas (skin desease) have a cure?

Yes: 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. ...Read more

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How long for erysipelas to go completely away?

Varies: While some may clear completely in 1-2 weeks, in some others the skin changes persist indefinitely due to damage to the lymphatic ducts that make them prone to recurrences. ...Read more

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What are the consequences of developing erysipelas?

What are the consequences of developing erysipelas?

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. ...Read more

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Will erysipelas kill me?

If neglected: This was quite a common killer in the pre-antibiotic era. Those strep can be nasty. ...Read more

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How can we differentiate Erysipelas from cellulitis?

How can we differentiate Erysipelas from cellulitis?

Examination: Erysipelas is a superficial infection of the skin with marked redness, swelling and pain. The infection is usually caused by streptococcus bacteria. Cellulitis is deeper skin infection and usually caused by staphylococci. Often the sharp line of demarcation between normal and infected tissue and the intensity of redness are the main visible differences. ...Read more