Learn About Erysipelas

What is the definition of Erysipelas?

Erysipelas is a type of skin infection. It affects the outermost layer of the skin and the local lymph nodes.

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What are the alternative names for Erysipelas?

Strep infection - erysipelas; Streptococcal infection - erysipelas; Cellulitis - erysipelas

What are the causes of Erysipelas?

Erysipelas is usually caused by group A streptococcus bacteria. The condition may affect both children and adults.

Some conditions that can lead to erysipelas are:

  • A cut in the skin
  • Problems with drainage through the veins or lymph system
  • Skin sores (ulcers)
What are the symptoms of Erysipelas?

The infection occurs on the legs or arms most of the time. It may also occur on the face and trunk.

Symptoms of erysipelas may include:

  • Fever and chills
  • Skin sore with a sharp raised border. As the infection spreads, the skin is painful, very red, swollen, and warm. Blisters on the skin can form.
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What are the current treatments for Erysipelas?

Antibiotics are used to get rid of the infection. If the infection is severe, antibiotics may need to be given through an intravenous (IV) line.

People who have repeated episodes of erysipelas may need long-term antibiotics.

Who are the top Erysipelas Local Doctors?
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Paul Ehrlich Society For Chemotherapy

Halle, DE 

Cord Sunderkotter is in Halle, Germany. Sunderkotter is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Erysipelas. He is also highly rated in 18 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Erysipelas, Cellulitis, Scabies, and Polyarteritis Nodosa.

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Academic Teaching Hospital Dresden Friedrichstadt

Academic Teaching Hospital, Friedrichstraße 41 
Dresden, SN, DE 01067

Uwe Wollina is in Dresden, Germany. Wollina is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Erysipelas. He is also highly rated in 126 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Lipedema, Epidermoid Cyst, Erysipelas, and Basal Cell Skin Cancer.

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Hôpitaux De Brabois

Vandoeuvre-les-nancy, FR 54500

J-l Schmutz is in Vandoeuvre-les-nancy, France. Schmutz is rated as a Distinguished expert by MediFind in the treatment of Erysipelas. They are also highly rated in 21 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Erysipelas, Pustular Psoriasis, Psoriasis, and Pityriasis Rubra Pilaris.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for Erysipelas?

With treatment, the outcome is good. It may take a few weeks for the skin to return to normal. Peeling is common as the skin heals.

What are the possible complications of Erysipelas?

Sometimes the bacteria that cause erysipelas may travel to the blood. This results in a condition called bacteremia. When this happens, the infection may spread to the heart valves, joints, and bones.

Other complications include:

  • Return of infection
  • Septic shock (a dangerous body-wide infection)
When should I contact a medical professional for Erysipelas?

Call your health care provider if you have a skin sore or other symptoms of erysipelas.

How do I prevent Erysipelas?

Keep your skin healthy by avoiding dry skin and preventing cuts and scrapes. This may reduce the risk for erysipelas.

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What are the latest Erysipelas Clinical Trials?
Comparative Study Between Iliac Vein Stenting and Compression Therapy in Recurrent Venous Ulceration
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What are the Latest Advances for Erysipelas?
Manual lymphatic drainage with or without fluoroscopy guidance did not substantially improve the effect of decongestive lymphatic therapy in people with breast cancer-related lymphoedema (EFforT-BCRL trial): a multicentre randomised trial.
Treatment of secondary lower limb lymphedema after gynecologic cancer with complex decongestive therapy.
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Erysipelas of the right arm due to Bordetella trematum: a case report.
Who are the sources who wrote this article ?

Published Date : November 10, 2020
Published By : Ramin Fathi, MD, FAAD, Director, Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, Phoenix, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

What are the references for this article ?

Bryant AE, Stevens DL. Streptococcus pyogenes. In: Bennett JE, Dolin R, Blaser MJ, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 9th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 197.

Patterson JW. Bacterial and rickettsial infections. In: Patterson JW, ed. Weedon's Skin Pathology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Limited; 2021:chap 24.