What is erysipelas?
Erysipelas is an infection of the most superficial (outermost) layers of the skin.
What causes erysipelas?
Most of the time erysipelas is caused by a bacterial infection.
What are the symptoms?
- Well marked area of redness and swelling
- May be itchy, painful and may blister
- Commonly affects the face (where it affects both sides of the face), can also affect the legs
- A previous small wound near the affected area which would have let the bugs in to the skin
- Some feel generally unwell with a temperature, muscle aches, loss of appetite etc (i.e. flu-like symptoms)
How can erysipelas be treated?
- Oral antibiotics (Benzylpenicillin / Erythromycin)
- Intravenous antibiotics (If the infection is very severe will need hospital admission and treatment with antibiotics directly into the veins)
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