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Erysipelas

What is Erysipelas?

Erysipelas is a bacterial infection affecting the most superficial layers of the skin. It usually affects infants and the elderly. However, it but can affect any age group.

What Causes Erysipelas?

Erysipelas is caused by the bacteria called Streptococcus pyogenes.

Symptoms of Erysipelas

  • Swollen skin
  • Hot skin
  • Blisters
  • Pain
  • Fever
  • Chills

Can Erysipelas be Treated?

Yes. Antibiotics will kill the bacteria that causes erysipelas. Penicillin and erythromycin are often prescribed.

The skin lesions may take a few weeks to heal. The skin will peel while it is healing.

Complications of Erysipelas

Complications are rare. However, they can occur. The most common complications of erysipelas are listed below.

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