Facial erysipelas treatment

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Everything you need to know about erysipelas

Erysipelas: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

NCBI Bookshelf. Youstina Michael ; Nadia M. Authors Youstina Michael 1 ; Nadia M. Shaukat 2. Erysipelas is a skin infection involving the dermis layer of the skin, but it may also extend to the superficial cutaneous lymphatics.


Erysipelas is a skin infection. It is a form of cellulitis, but unlike cellulitis, which affects deeper tissue, erysipelas only affects the upper layers of the skin. However, the two conditions can overlap, which can make it hard for a doctor to tell the two conditions apart. Previously, doctors thought that erysipelas only affected the face, but the National Organization for Rare Disorders now estimate that around 80 percent of all cases occur on the legs.
Erysipelas is a relatively common bacterial infection of the superficial layer of the skin upper dermis , extending to the superficial lymphatic vessels within the skin, characterized by a raised , well-defined, tender, bright red rash , typically on the face or legs, but which can occur anywhere on the skin. It is a form of cellulitis and is potentially serious. It is more superficial than cellulitis , and is typically more raised and demarcated. In animals, erysipelas is a disease caused by infection with the bacterium Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae.